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Oriana Leckert

Oriana Leckert - Editor

Brooklyn

10+ years as a writer, editor & publishing consultant | deeply passionate about the written word in all its diverse forms

Overview

I’ve been working in publishing for more than a decade and have held an array of staff positions, including:
* Director of Matchmaking at Gotham Ghostwriters
* Assistant Acquisitions Editor at Random House
* Editor-at-Large at Hyperallergic
* Assistant Editor at Stonesong Press
* Consulting Editor at Open Face Sandwich
* Manuscript Reader at the Donald Maass Literary Agency

I’ve also been an editorial and publishing consultant for websites, magazines, foundations, individuals, and 70+ publishers, including Penguin, Crown, Bloomsbury, McSweeney’s, NYRB, Melville House, and many more.

I'm pleased to offer a broad range of services—from editorial development to self-publishing consulting—to individual clients at many different points on their publishing journey.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Literature Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Music New Age Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die

Amy Fusselman

Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America’s obsession with safety is prompted by the author’s visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman " . . . if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood... read more

Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America’s obsession with safety is prompted by the author’s visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman " . . . if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood... read more

Pissing in a River

Lorrie Sprecher

Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every move. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life.In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the ... read more

Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every move. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life.In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the ... read more

Blue Ribbon Story: An Entrepreneur's Success in Education

Robert Kravitz

This book is about an entrepreneur who turns an underperforming school into a nationally recognized school. Using business models, he increases test scores, increases morale among staff, children and parents, and lowers his budget. In this book Mr. Kravitz also shares his vision for what is wrong with our educational system and what steps need to be taken to change. This book is like having a ... read more

This book is about an entrepreneur who turns an underperforming school into a nationally recognized school. Using business models, he increases test scores, increases morale among staff, children and parents, and lowers his budget. In this book Mr. Kravitz also shares his vision for what is wrong with our educational system and what steps need to be taken to change. This book is like having a ... read more

A Greater Monster

David David Katzman

A psychedelic fairytale for the modern age, A Greater Monster is the mind-bending second novel by the author of the acclaimed Death by Zamboni. This darkly poetic tale takes you on a trip into a radically twisted alternate reality that reflects civilization like a funhouse mirror. Along the way, you'll encounter sphinxes, gods, living skeletons, witches, and quite possibly the strangest circus... read more

A psychedelic fairytale for the modern age, A Greater Monster is the mind-bending second novel by the author of the acclaimed Death by Zamboni. This darkly poetic tale takes you on a trip into a radically twisted alternate reality that reflects civilization like a funhouse mirror. Along the way, you'll encounter sphinxes, gods, living skeletons, witches, and quite possibly the strangest circus... read more

The Pain Didn't Kill Me

Daphne Bell

Death runs rampant throughout the lives of Daphne's family. Fear is her constant companion. With the backlash of such loss, challenges brew in the midst of her very home. She journals: Will my marriage survive? Tragedy duly provides the answer ... and the pain nearly kills her. On the morning of March 16, 2005, Daphne s day begins like every other day as she heads to her job as a radio persona... read more

Death runs rampant throughout the lives of Daphne's family. Fear is her constant companion. With the backlash of such loss, challenges brew in the midst of her very home. She journals: Will my marriage survive? Tragedy duly provides the answer ... and the pain nearly kills her. On the morning of March 16, 2005, Daphne s day begins like every other day as she heads to her job as a radio persona... read more

Deadly Intent: Crime and Punishment Photographs from the Burns Archive

Stanley B. Burns, Sara Cleary-Burns, J. Burns

The Burns Archive, known for its 1980s studies of derangement of the mind and body and photographic histories of medicine and death, extends that study of crime with Deadly Intent: Crime & Punishment Photographs from the Burns Archive. The book is divided into four sections: crime scenes, police action, punishment, and executions. It is concentrated between 1890 and 1950, a time when criminals... read more

The Burns Archive, known for its 1980s studies of derangement of the mind and body and photographic histories of medicine and death, extends that study of crime with Deadly Intent: Crime & Punishment Photographs from the Burns Archive. The book is divided into four sections: crime scenes, police action, punishment, and executions. It is concentrated between 1890 and 1950, a time when criminals... read more

How Music Works

David Byrne

How Music Works is David Byrne’s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators—along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists—Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum ... read more

How Music Works is David Byrne’s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators—along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists—Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum ... read more

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men

Judy Gelman, Peter Zheutlin

UNOFFICIAL AND UNAUTHORIZEDDine like Draper and Drink like Sterling with More Than 70 Recipes from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants Seen on Mad MenEver wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joa... read more

UNOFFICIAL AND UNAUTHORIZEDDine like Draper and Drink like Sterling with More Than 70 Recipes from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants Seen on Mad MenEver wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joa... read more

Rewiring Our Morality (TED Books Book 39)

Daniel Reisel

What goes on in the mind of a murderer? Neuroscientist Daniel Reisel set out to find the answer, venturing behind the heavy metal doors of London’s most notorious prison and into the microscopic world revealed by an MRI machine. In this compassionate and insightful book, Reisel describes how empathy evolves in every child’s brain, and how early traumatic experiences can distort its development... read more

What goes on in the mind of a murderer? Neuroscientist Daniel Reisel set out to find the answer, venturing behind the heavy metal doors of London’s most notorious prison and into the microscopic world revealed by an MRI machine. In this compassionate and insightful book, Reisel describes how empathy evolves in every child’s brain, and how early traumatic experiences can distort its development... read more

Coin Heist

Elisa Ludwig

The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect stu... read more

The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect stu... read more

Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break

Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith

More Americans are choosing to take time off from work to relax or re-examine their priorities, so they can return to work energized. Some companies offer formal sabbatical programs, but how can the average person take time off to evaluate their direction, explore their passions, and make time for the things that are really important?Whether you're disillusioned with your career, yearning to f... read more

More Americans are choosing to take time off from work to relax or re-examine their priorities, so they can return to work energized. Some companies offer formal sabbatical programs, but how can the average person take time off to evaluate their direction, explore their passions, and make time for the things that are really important?Whether you're disillusioned with your career, yearning to f... read more

Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

Bradley Garrett

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us—the cities we live in—that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting ... read more

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us—the cities we live in—that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting ... read more

A Time to Eat Cake

Students of the 826 Valencia Writing Project

The fruits of a sweet collaboration between Meg Ray, from Miette, and the students of 826 Valencia, A Time to Eat Cake features a mixture of odes to cake, students memories of cakes, and fantastical cakes straight out of students' imaginations. The project started after Miette provided cupcakes and other sweets for numerous parties at 826 Valencia, and every time they sparked delight in studen... read more

The fruits of a sweet collaboration between Meg Ray, from Miette, and the students of 826 Valencia, A Time to Eat Cake features a mixture of odes to cake, students memories of cakes, and fantastical cakes straight out of students' imaginations. The project started after Miette provided cupcakes and other sweets for numerous parties at 826 Valencia, and every time they sparked delight in studen... read more

Gay in America

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives. Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from all walks of life. At tur... read more

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives. Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from all walks of life. At tur... read more

Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight

Into the Blue revisits the remarkable trajectory of Americans in air and space, gathering sixty of the best eyewitness and participant narratives from Benjamin Franklin's letters on the first hot air balloons to Chris Jones's account of being marooned on the International Space Station. Here are those who made flight happen: Orville and Wilbur Wright, self-taught pioneers whose homespun invent... read more

Into the Blue revisits the remarkable trajectory of Americans in air and space, gathering sixty of the best eyewitness and participant narratives from Benjamin Franklin's letters on the first hot air balloons to Chris Jones's account of being marooned on the International Space Station. Here are those who made flight happen: Orville and Wilbur Wright, self-taught pioneers whose homespun invent... read more

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Alina Bronsky

Rosa Achmetowna is the outrageously nasty and wily narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park When she discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, “stupid Sulfia,” is pregnant by an unknown man she does everything to thwart the pregnancy, employing a variety of folkloric home remedies. But despite her best efforts the baby, Aminat, is born nine months late... read more

Rosa Achmetowna is the outrageously nasty and wily narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park When she discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, “stupid Sulfia,” is pregnant by an unknown man she does everything to thwart the pregnancy, employing a variety of folkloric home remedies. But despite her best efforts the baby, Aminat, is born nine months late... read more

Ice Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)

Vladimir Sorokin

A New York Review Books Original In 1908, deep in Siberia, it fell to earth. THEIR ICE. A young man on a scientific expedition found it. It spoke to his heart, and his heart named him Bro. Bro felt the Ice. Bro knew its purpose. To bring together the 23,000 blond, blue-eyed Brothers and Sisters of the Light who were scattered on earth. To wake their sleeping hearts. To return to the Light. To ... read more

A New York Review Books Original In 1908, deep in Siberia, it fell to earth. THEIR ICE. A young man on a scientific expedition found it. It spoke to his heart, and his heart named him Bro. Bro felt the Ice. Bro knew its purpose. To bring together the 23,000 blond, blue-eyed Brothers and Sisters of the Light who were scattered on earth. To wake their sleeping hearts. To return to the Light. To ... read more

Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments

Allen Kurzweil

Snack on science! Make a science of snacks! Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that’s an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments—plus one edible project—that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following “snacktivit... read more

Snack on science! Make a science of snacks! Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that’s an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments—plus one edible project—that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following “snacktivit... read more

Peacerunner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland

Penn Rhodeen

This is the true story of an unknown American politician who played a critical role in ending centuries of conflict in Northern Ireland. Without the President’s permission, and breaking every conventional rule about how to deal with terrorists, former congressman Bruce Morrison helped end a conflict that most observers thought would continue indefinitely.This is the inside story of how centuri... read more

This is the true story of an unknown American politician who played a critical role in ending centuries of conflict in Northern Ireland. Without the President’s permission, and breaking every conventional rule about how to deal with terrorists, former congressman Bruce Morrison helped end a conflict that most observers thought would continue indefinitely.This is the inside story of how centuri... read more

Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity

Oriana Leckert

As an incubator of culture and creativity, Brooklyn is celebrated and imitated across the world. The settings for much of its dynamic underground scene are the numerous industrial spaces that were vacated as manufacturing dwindled across the huge borough. Adapted, hacked, and reused, these spaces host an eclectic range of activities by and for Brooklyn’s unique creative class, from DIY music v... read more

As an incubator of culture and creativity, Brooklyn is celebrated and imitated across the world. The settings for much of its dynamic underground scene are the numerous industrial spaces that were vacated as manufacturing dwindled across the huge borough. Adapted, hacked, and reused, these spaces host an eclectic range of activities by and for Brooklyn’s unique creative class, from DIY music v... read more

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