Sam Brody

Sam Brody - Editor Tick

New York, NY, USA

Knowledgeable, passionate editor of MG/YA, romance, & science-fiction/fantasy–worked at literary agencies, as bookseller, & in sales

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After working multiple sides of the literary landscape - including literary agencies, sales & marketing, and bookselling - I possess a diverse range of experiences in the publishing industry and an eye for detail; I don't believe in giving less than 110% of my time and effort. I've had over six years experience in being the first eye on multiple agencies' slush piles, where I've discovered many new clients, so I'm particularly well-versed in what a query letter (and opening pages) need to stand out in a crowded inbox. I've also edited the work of bestselling authors; from structural edits to fact-checking, I go above and beyond, tailoring each edit to the style of the author. I've even researched autopsies to ensure the crime in an author's mystery novel made sense! My work on all sides of the publishing industry has included experience with many different genres, from YA and MG to thrillers, and ensure that my edits also include insight specific to the book's category.

Reading-wise, I am particularly passionate about children's literature (YA & MG), romance, and science-fiction/fantasy. In addition to publishing, my interests include pop culture (especially genre shows!), cooking, fashion, and social media. My interest in the intersection between pop culture and books inspired my undergraduate thesis in Anthropology, where I analyzed the interactions between authors, fans, and critics via social media. From my thesis, I developed working theories & strategies on the opportunities for publishing in the digital sphere, which I've applied in my different positions in the industry.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Assistant

The Bent Agency
January, 2017 – June, 2018 (over 1 year)

• Drafted pitch letters, researched editors for submission lists, & monitored manuscripts’ status on submission
• Managed day-to-day queries and requested manuscripts & provided editorial thoughts on promising authors’ and clients’ manuscripts
• Tracked contracts for execution & reviewed royalty statements for errors after each period to ensure correct payment
• Created template for Film Rights Guide & assisted with scheduling & updating Foreign Rights Guides for book fairs
• Handled all administrative responsibilities, including processing mail, scheduling, answering the phone, scanning & filing, updating shared databases, & maintaining the agency website

Literary Assistant

Maria Carvainis Agency
July, 2015 – September, 2016 (about 1 year)

• Provided editorial feedback & researched marketing, publicity, and submission information for clients
• Managed licensing of audio rights for agency clients & handled submission and nice sales of three backlist series
• Updated the design of & maintained Audio and Foreign Rights Lists
• Developed production process & marketing plan to republish clients’ out-of-print titles as eBooks—successfully implemented a promotion where sales increased 600%

Freelance Sales & Marketing Assistant

Rizzoli USA
March, 2015 – July, 2015 (4 months)

• Designed & prepared BLADs, sample spreads, and sell sheets with Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop
• Tracked production of books & updated system databases & sales reps

Bookseller

Books of Wonder
November, 2014 – April, 2015 (5 months)

Writing Tutor

The Writing Place at Northwestern University
January, 2013 – June, 2014 (over 1 year)

• Lead peers through the writing process to improve their ability in identifying and addressing works’ strengths and weaknesses
• Taught grammar to both peers and graduate students whose first language is not English
• Developed video blog posts to explain the purpose of the Writing Place and various aspects of the writing process

Editorial & Subsidiary Rights Intern

Jill Grinberg Literary Management
June, 2012 – August, 2013 (about 1 year)

• Managed “slush” queries & composed manuscript critiques for editorial letters for clients
• Handled administrative tasks, including copy-editing, & contract vetting
• Designed & oversaw tracking system for foreign rights sales, pub dates, & advance payments in over 20 countries
• Reviewed Kindle Direct Publishing accounts to ensure correct royalty payments over a 6-month period

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Wrong Side of Right

Jenn Marie Thorne

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick comes this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of The West Wing.Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have ... read more

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick comes this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of The West Wing.Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have ... read more

Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

"Vivid and bloody and bold and fast—I feel like Razorhurst is in my bones now." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert The notoriously bloody history of a mob-run Sydney, Australia neighborhood is fertile ground for this historical thriller with a paranormal twist: two girls' ability to see the many ghosts haunting Razorhurst. Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Glo... read more

"Vivid and bloody and bold and fast—I feel like Razorhurst is in my bones now." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert The notoriously bloody history of a mob-run Sydney, Australia neighborhood is fertile ground for this historical thriller with a paranormal twist: two girls' ability to see the many ghosts haunting Razorhurst. Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Glo... read more

All the Best People

Sonja Yoerg

An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken... Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happene... read more

An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken... Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happene... read more

True Places

Sonja Yoerg

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her—a change she both fears and desperately needs.Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband,... read more

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her—a change she both fears and desperately needs.Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband,... read more

In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel

Andy Davidson

A finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.Deftly written and utterly addictive, this Western literary horror debut will find a home with fans of authors like Joe Hill, Cormac McCarthy, and Anne Rice.One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster.Haunted by his past, Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he d... read more

A finalist for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.Deftly written and utterly addictive, this Western literary horror debut will find a home with fans of authors like Joe Hill, Cormac McCarthy, and Anne Rice.One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster.Haunted by his past, Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he d... read more

Muslims of the World: Portraits and Stories of Hope, Survival, Loss, and Love

Sajjad Shah, Iman Mahoui, Yasmin Mogahed

We are living in a time of unrest for many members of the Islamic faith around the globe. Enter Muslims of the World, a book based on the popular Instagram account @MuslimsoftheWorld1. Like the account, the book’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of Muslims living in the US and around the world. Illustrated throughout with moving photographs, each chapter will focus on different aspects ... read more

We are living in a time of unrest for many members of the Islamic faith around the globe. Enter Muslims of the World, a book based on the popular Instagram account @MuslimsoftheWorld1. Like the account, the book’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of Muslims living in the US and around the world. Illustrated throughout with moving photographs, each chapter will focus on different aspects ... read more

The Infinite: A Novel

Nicholas Mainieri

In this suspenseful, tender, and completely absorbing debut set in a perilous post-Katrina New Orleans and cartel-plagued Mexico, two teenagers discover a temporary haven in each other.“The Infinite is that rare, beautiful first novel, so contemporary and yet as timeless as first love itself. And Nick Mainieri does what great novelists do with their first great works. He creates unforgettable ... read more

In this suspenseful, tender, and completely absorbing debut set in a perilous post-Katrina New Orleans and cartel-plagued Mexico, two teenagers discover a temporary haven in each other.“The Infinite is that rare, beautiful first novel, so contemporary and yet as timeless as first love itself. And Nick Mainieri does what great novelists do with their first great works. He creates unforgettable ... read more

Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous Book 2)

Lexie Dunne

The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in Lexie Dunne's urban superhero fantasy Supervillains AnonymousNew superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison t... read more

The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in Lexie Dunne's urban superhero fantasy Supervillains AnonymousNew superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison t... read more

How to Save the World: A Superheroes Anonymous Novel

Lexie Dunne

“Packed to the brim with charming characters, zippy action, and a refreshing can-do spirit, the Superheroes Anonymous series never fails to delight.”—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine ComplexGail Godwin—once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl—is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She’s got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she... read more

“Packed to the brim with charming characters, zippy action, and a refreshing can-do spirit, the Superheroes Anonymous series never fails to delight.”—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine ComplexGail Godwin—once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl—is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She’s got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she... read more

Red Rose

Mary Balogh

Red Rose is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Edward Marsh, Earl of Raymore, is a connoisseur of beauty, whether it be music or art or women. When he inherits two wards, however, and decides to marry them off as soon as possible during a London Season, he finds one of them virtually unmarriageable. Rosalin... read more

Red Rose is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Edward Marsh, Earl of Raymore, is a connoisseur of beauty, whether it be music or art or women. When he inherits two wards, however, and decides to marry them off as soon as possible during a London Season, he finds one of them virtually unmarriageable. Rosalin... read more

Lady with a Black Umbrella

Mary Balogh

Lady with a Black Umbrella is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Giles Fairhaven, Viscount Kincade, does not believe his life can get much worse after his purse is stolen at an inn before he has paid his bill and when he is set upon by three ruffians in the inn yard before he can leave. But it does grow wor... read more

Lady with a Black Umbrella is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Giles Fairhaven, Viscount Kincade, does not believe his life can get much worse after his purse is stolen at an inn before he has paid his bill and when he is set upon by three ruffians in the inn yard before he can leave. But it does grow wor... read more

A Certain Magic

Mary Balogh

A Certain Magic is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Piers Westhaven and Alice Penhallow have always been close friends, even during their marriages to other partners. Now they are both widowed, and Piers, who needs an heir, has asked his friend to help him choose a new bride. Alice has always been in love... read more

A Certain Magic is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.Piers Westhaven and Alice Penhallow have always been close friends, even during their marriages to other partners. Now they are both widowed, and Piers, who needs an heir, has asked his friend to help him choose a new bride. Alice has always been in love... read more

An Unlikely Duchess

Mary Balogh

An Unlikely Duchess is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.A very proper aristocrat, who always does his duty and never sets a foot wrong, the young Duke of Mitford is on his way into the country to propose marriage, sight unseen, to a young lady of equal virtue and propriety chosen for him by his grandfathe... read more

An Unlikely Duchess is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.A very proper aristocrat, who always does his duty and never sets a foot wrong, the young Duke of Mitford is on his way into the country to propose marriage, sight unseen, to a young lady of equal virtue and propriety chosen for him by his grandfathe... read more

A Masked Deception

Mary Balogh

"A Masked Deception is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh. Margaret Wells has been deeply, hopelessly in love with the handsome, dashing Richard Adair, Earl of Brampton, since she met him at a masquerade ball six years ago. Passion had flared between them then, but she had fled before the time for unmasking... read more

"A Masked Deception is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh. Margaret Wells has been deeply, hopelessly in love with the handsome, dashing Richard Adair, Earl of Brampton, since she met him at a masquerade ball six years ago. Passion had flared between them then, but she had fled before the time for unmasking... read more

The Double Wager

Mary Balogh

"The Double Wager is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh.Henrietta Tallant has always preferred the company of her brother and his rough-and-tumble friends to that of other ladies. She rebels at the prospect of making her debut into London society and the great marriage mart. However, when her brother’s frie... read more

"The Double Wager is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh.Henrietta Tallant has always preferred the company of her brother and his rough-and-tumble friends to that of other ladies. She rebels at the prospect of making her debut into London society and the great marriage mart. However, when her brother’s frie... read more

A Chance Encounter

Mary Balogh

"A Chance Encounter is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh.Elizabeth Rossiter is forever finished with love – after a disastrous episode that left her with a broken heart and a reputation that would be ruined should her scandalous secret be revealed. She sought safety by fleeing her proper station in society... read more

"A Chance Encounter is the digital reissue of a previously published and long out-of-print novel by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh.Elizabeth Rossiter is forever finished with love – after a disastrous episode that left her with a broken heart and a reputation that would be ruined should her scandalous secret be revealed. She sought safety by fleeing her proper station in society... read more

Warleader: a sci-fi romance (The Borderlands Book 1)

Susan Grant

Galactic Rules of Engagement:#1: Enemies must not become lovers.Welcome to the Borderlands, where rules are meant to be broken . . . Admiral Brit Bandar is the Coalition's greatest starship commander. The outlaw known as the Scourge of the Borderlands taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they're supposed to make peace AND serve together on th... read more

Galactic Rules of Engagement:#1: Enemies must not become lovers.Welcome to the Borderlands, where rules are meant to be broken . . . Admiral Brit Bandar is the Coalition's greatest starship commander. The outlaw known as the Scourge of the Borderlands taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they're supposed to make peace AND serve together on th... read more

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Susan Grant

This was my first time using Reedsy. Finding and working with Sam on an editing project was a delight. She was friendly and flexible and took the time to figure out what was best for this project/my needs, and I really appreciated that. In her intro she says she gives 110%. I disagree. She gives 1010%! If you are looking for a professional who is super nice, reliable, and hardworking, Sam is th...

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Susan Grant, November 2018

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