Philip Marino

Philip Marino - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Commercial nonfiction specialist with 10+ years experience in acquisitions, editorial, and marketing at New York's leading publishing houses

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After graduating from University of Chicago, I began my publishing career at W.W. Norton & Co, where— alongside renowned publishing director, Robert Weil—I helped relaunch the storied Liveright imprint, growing a list that had been dormant for nearly 40 years into one that now includes over twenty New York Times bestsellers and multiple Pulitzer Prize finalists/winners.

As Liveright's Associate Editor and Marketing Director, I acquired a wide range of nonfiction, most notably in the areas of philosophy, sports, technology, comedy, music and current events. Notable authors included the longtime New York Times “Frugal Traveler” columnist, Seth Kugel; leading war correspondent and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Janine di Giovanni; CNN contributor and former Deputy Director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center and FBI National Security Branch, Philip Mudd; #1 New York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom; one of the most influential philosophers of science in the past two decades, Philip Kitcher; and Evelyn Fox Keller, a professor emerita at MIT and recipient of both the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.

In 2017, I was hired as a Senior Editor at Little, Brown & Company, where I acquired and published books in the areas of memoir, sports, science, music, and business. Notable authors included Democratic presidential candidate, Julián Castro; legendary sports journalist, John Feinstein; renowned jazz historian, Gary Giddins; Hall-of-fame quarterback, Joe Namath; bestselling science writer, Sam Kean; co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph; and championship head coach of the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse.

At the end of 2020, I left Little, Brown to pursue my agent and author consulting work full time. While I have edited and published fiction, my expertise is in nonfiction—both in the proposal and manuscript phases—and my approach is holistic, meaning I advise not only from an editorial perspective, but also one heavily influenced by experiences in marketing and publicity. I am selective in terms of which projects I take on and only agree to work together if I genuinely believe I can add significant value to your team.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

Senior Editor

Little, Brown & Company
June, 2017 – December, 2020 (over 3 years)

Acquired general nonfiction with a focus on memoir, sports, science, music, military history and business.

Associate Editor and Marketing Director

August, 2009 – June, 2017 (almost 8 years)

Acquired fiction and narrative nonfiction with a focus on sports, music, philosophy, and science, while also helping oversee Liveright’s storied backlist. As Marketing Director, I worked closely with the Liveright publishing team to create, communicate, and implement data-driven, results-oriented campaigns for a variety of titles, both fiction and non-fiction

All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters

Namath, Joe, Mortimer, Sean, Yaeger, Don

El Paso: A Novel

Groom, Winston

Philip has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Elaine Kim
I am so glad I found Phil to help with my query letter. He is a sharp editor, a diplomatic communicator, and an amazing collaborator. Beyond that, I felt like he genuinely wanted to help with my project. I'll be honest: I was feeling pretty daunted by the process of pitching my book to agents. It was reassuring to find someone with Phil's level of experience who was willing to go the distance t...
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Elaine Kim, September 2022

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