Ruby Lee

Ruby Lee - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced, hands-on book editor specializing in literary/upmarket fiction and memoir.

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As an editor with 5+ years experience in trade publishing, I specialize in literary/upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction, with a focus on books that give serious weight to contemporary social issues—ranging from coming-of-age stories to deep dives into recent pop culture, internet phenomena, and personal memoir. I also have a soft spot for all things speculative and historical (particularly if they’re wonky or a bit off-kilter), as well as women's fiction and domestic thrillers.

I pride myself on working closely with authors to shape and polish their work into the best version it can be, moving from large-picture restructuring down to the granular line level. I love diving into new literary ecosystems to probe what makes each character tick, and how these ambitions inform the text's larger takeaways. Along the way, I remain very hands-on, asking questions to make sure an author’s intentions and deeper meanings don’t get lost during the (sometimes overwhelming!) revision process.

Reach out to me if we sound like a good match. I’d love to learn more about your project, whether it’s fiction, memoir, self-help, or something in-between!

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Associate Editor

Henry Holt and Company (Macmillan)
June, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

I acquire and edit literary/upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction, ranging from coming-of-age stories to voice-driven memoir, speculative fiction, and psychological thriller.

Authors I've had the pleasure of working with include Kasim Ali, Tessa Miller, Katherine Howe, Janice Hadlow, Georgina Pazcoguin, Laurie Ruettimann, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Sebastian Faulks, Paul Koudounaris (writing as Baba the Cat), and more.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

Koudounaris, Dr. Paul, Cat, Baba the

American Delirium: A Novel

González, Betina, Cleary, Heather

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