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Quressa Robinson

Quressa Robinson - Editor

New York, NY, United States

An experienced commercial trade and freelance editor. Developmental and line editing in a variety of genres.

Overview

I am a voracious reader and devoted editor with five plus years of editorial experience. I am passionate about books and helping authors to get their best work out to their readers.

I’ve worked in publishing since 2012 and received an MFA in creative fiction writing from Columbia University in 2010. I’ve also taught fiction writing workshops and regularly attend writers conferences across the country.

My interests lie in commercial fiction—romance, fantasy/science fiction, supernatural/paranormal, women’s fiction, erotica. But I also love and devour a heavy dose of literary fiction, young adult, and new adult.

With a background in both creative writing and publishing, I can look at your work with an editor’s eye and a writer’s finesse. I’m especially eager to work with #ownvoices authors.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • NYU Certificate in Book Publishing
  • Columbia University MFA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Agent

D4EO Literary Ageny
November, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

Editor

St. Martin's Press
November, 2013 – October, 2016 (almost 3 years)

Editor (Self-Employed)

Self-employed
April, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Reviewer/Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Judge

Publishers Weekly
April, 2011 – April, 2013 (about 2 years)

Instructor and Writing Consultant Fellowship

Columbia University
September, 2008 – May, 2010 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Certain Dark Things: A Novel

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco... read more

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco... read more

Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy

Claire Humphrey

Where we love, we ruin…Some families hand down wealth through generations; some hand down wisdom. Some families, whether they want to or not, hand down the secret burdens they carry and the dangerous debts they owe.Lissa Nevsky's grandmother leaves her a big, empty house, and a legacy of magic: folk magic, old magic, brought with Baba when she fled the Gulag. In the wake of her passing, the Ru... read more

Where we love, we ruin…Some families hand down wealth through generations; some hand down wisdom. Some families, whether they want to or not, hand down the secret burdens they carry and the dangerous debts they owe.Lissa Nevsky's grandmother leaves her a big, empty house, and a legacy of magic: folk magic, old magic, brought with Baba when she fled the Gulag. In the wake of her passing, the Ru... read more

My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home

Lisa Anselmo

Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves. Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter’s life—maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t bu... read more

Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has lost a parent or reinvented themselves. Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in her daughter’s life—maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t bu... read more

Crooked Brooklyn: Taking Down Corrupt Judges, Dirty Politicians, Killers and Body Snatchers

Michael Vecchione, Jerry Schmetterer

From 2001 to 2013, Mike Vecchione was chief of the Rackets Division in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, which was the largest urban prosecution agency in the country. Vecchione grappled with organized crime and dirty politicians, during which he supervised, investigated, and prosecuted major felony cases.Crooked Brooklyn is a gritty story of corruption, greed and law enforcement. Vecch... read more

From 2001 to 2013, Mike Vecchione was chief of the Rackets Division in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, which was the largest urban prosecution agency in the country. Vecchione grappled with organized crime and dirty politicians, during which he supervised, investigated, and prosecuted major felony cases.Crooked Brooklyn is a gritty story of corruption, greed and law enforcement. Vecch... read more

Time and Time Again: A Novel

Ben Elton

If you had one chance to change history...Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you kill? In Time and Time Again, international best-selling author Ben Elton takes readers on a thrilling journey through early 20th-Century Europe.It's the first of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known o... read more

If you had one chance to change history...Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you kill? In Time and Time Again, international best-selling author Ben Elton takes readers on a thrilling journey through early 20th-Century Europe.It's the first of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known o... read more

The Spice Box Letters: A Novel

Eve Makis

Katerina inherits a scented, wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915.Mariam was exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Gabriel, her life marred by grief and the loss of he... read more

Katerina inherits a scented, wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915.Mariam was exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Gabriel, her life marred by grief and the loss of he... read more

The Cat Sitter's Whiskers: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries)

Blaize Clement, John Clement

Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures. Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit ho... read more

Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures. Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit ho... read more

The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller

Rio Youers

A dark mystery unfolds in Rio Youers's riveting thriller, The Forgotten Girl.Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything turns upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider,” these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend,... read more

A dark mystery unfolds in Rio Youers's riveting thriller, The Forgotten Girl.Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything turns upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider,” these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend,... read more

The Atlas of Forgotten Places: A Novel

Jenny D. Williams

Two women from different worlds bound in a quest to save their loved ones. After a long career as an aid worker, Sabine Hardt has retreated to her native Germany for a quieter life. But when her American niece Lily disappears while volunteering in Uganda, Sabine must return to places and memories she once thought buried in order to find her. In Uganda, Rose Akulu―haunted by a troubled past wit... read more

Two women from different worlds bound in a quest to save their loved ones. After a long career as an aid worker, Sabine Hardt has retreated to her native Germany for a quieter life. But when her American niece Lily disappears while volunteering in Uganda, Sabine must return to places and memories she once thought buried in order to find her. In Uganda, Rose Akulu―haunted by a troubled past wit... read more

Stasi Child: A Karin Müller Thriller

David Young

David Young's chillingly intricate Stasi Child was A London Times “Crime Book of the Month” and a Telegraph Pick of the Week.1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Berlin Wall, she imagines she's seen it all before. But she soon realizes that this is a death like no other before it - the girl was evidently trying to escape from We... read more

David Young's chillingly intricate Stasi Child was A London Times “Crime Book of the Month” and a Telegraph Pick of the Week.1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Berlin Wall, she imagines she's seen it all before. But she soon realizes that this is a death like no other before it - the girl was evidently trying to escape from We... read more

The One That Got Away: A Novel

Melissa Pimentel

Melissa Pimentel delivers smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and he... read more

Melissa Pimentel delivers smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and he... read more

The Beautiful Ones: A Novel

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." ―M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling authorAntonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a su... read more

"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." ―M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling authorAntonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a su... read more

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