Sasha Grossman

Sasha Grossman - Editor Tick

Chicago, IL, USA

Editor who has worked with clients of all sizes (indie to Big 5) on books of all kinds (academic to YA to genre fiction).

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I am a freelance copy editor and proofreader who has been part of the publishing industry for nearly a decade. My services include copy editing, proofreading, cold reading, fact-checking, and quality control. The list of clients that I have worked with has ranged from small independent presses to Big 5 houses like Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette Book Group. Regardless of who I am working with and the type of project I am working on, I always put in my best efforts to get great results for my clients.

My initial interest in working on books was piqued at an early age by volunteering as a teen reader for an editor at Penguin from the ages of 13-18. That experience led me to want to learn more about publishing, and so while at the University of Minnesota I interned at the indie trade house Milkweed Editions and worked as a student assistant on the production team at the University of Minnesota Press. After graduation I moved to New York and began immersing myself further into the publishing industry. Upon completing the Columbia Publishing Course, I worked as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble while I interned in the production department at Bloomsbury USA. Being employed at two jobs simultaneously that gave me insight into the beginning and end of the publishing process helped me gain a new appreciation for what goes into making a book.

I then joined Oxford University Press as a member of the editorial department in the academic/trade division and worked on a wide range of books about religion, from Mormonism and Satanism to Buddhism and Atheism. After three years at OUP I moved on to Penguin Random House to be part of the managing editorial team at the Berkley Publishing Group. At Berkley I worked on all manner of bestselling trade fiction and non-fiction for authors like Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Christine Feehan. Since late 2015 I have been self-employed as a full-time freelance editor, and I utilize the skills I acquired over the years to do the best job possible for my clients.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • BA in English, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
November, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

Services include copy editing, proofreading, cold reading, fact-checking, and quality control of texts in preparation for publication.

Assistant Production Editor

Penguin Random House
May, 2013 – October, 2015 (over 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Oxford University Press
June, 2012 – May, 2013 (11 months)

Editorial Assistant

Oxford University Press
June, 2010 – June, 2012 (about 2 years)

Production Intern

Bloomsbury USA
January, 2010 – June, 2010 (5 months)

Bookseller

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
November, 2009 – June, 2010 (7 months)

Student Production Assistant

University of Minnesota Press
May, 2008 – May, 2009 (about 1 year)

Intern

Milkweed Editions
May, 2008 – September, 2008 (4 months)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha)

R. S. Belcher

1720. Escaping the gallows, Anne Bonney, theinfamous pirate queen, sets sail in search of a fabulous treasure said to behiding in a lost city of bones somewhere in the heart of Africa. But what shefinds is a destiny she never expected . . . .1870. Maude Stapleton is arespectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know, however, that Maude belongs to anancient order of assassins, the Daug... read more

1720. Escaping the gallows, Anne Bonney, theinfamous pirate queen, sets sail in search of a fabulous treasure said to behiding in a lost city of bones somewhere in the heart of Africa. But what shefinds is a destiny she never expected . . . .1870. Maude Stapleton is arespectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know, however, that Maude belongs to anancient order of assassins, the Daug... read more

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues

Nova Jacobs

*Book of the Month Club Selection *Indie Next Pick “Hugely entertaining… The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is full of delight. Though Ms. Jacobs’s writing has echoes of Thomas Pynchon, Nathanael West and J.D. Salinger, her terrific book displays in abundance a magic all its own.” —The Wall Street Journal The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a stru... read more

*Book of the Month Club Selection *Indie Next Pick “Hugely entertaining… The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is full of delight. Though Ms. Jacobs’s writing has echoes of Thomas Pynchon, Nathanael West and J.D. Salinger, her terrific book displays in abundance a magic all its own.” —The Wall Street Journal The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a stru... read more

All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged)

Jamie Howard

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.Law school? Check.Camera-ready smile? Check.A dull and boring existence? Double check.But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.It's while sh... read more

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.Law school? Check.Camera-ready smile? Check.A dull and boring existence? Double check.But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.It's while sh... read more

The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged)

Jamie Howard

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood's spotlight. While being America's favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn't one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can't help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.... read more

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood's spotlight. While being America's favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn't one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can't help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.... read more

The Way Back to Us (Love Unplugged)

Jamie Howard

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I'm sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he's had plenty of opportunit... read more

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I'm sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he's had plenty of opportunit... read more

The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery)

Max Wirestone

Veronica Mars meets the World of Warcraft in The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss, a mystery romp with a most unexpected heroine.You'd think that after I took a bullet in my arm following my last case that I'd be timid about going in guns blazing a second time. But you'd be wrong. I faced down death, and the only bad thing that happened was that I got a cool scar. Which is a like a tattoo, ... read more

Veronica Mars meets the World of Warcraft in The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss, a mystery romp with a most unexpected heroine.You'd think that after I took a bullet in my arm following my last case that I'd be timid about going in guns blazing a second time. But you'd be wrong. I faced down death, and the only bad thing that happened was that I got a cool scar. Which is a like a tattoo, ... read more

Sawbones

Melissa Lenhardt

Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear.With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series."Packs a big ... read more

Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear.With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series."Packs a big ... read more

Legend Has It (Pax Arcana)

Elliott James

LEGEND HAS IT is the fifth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first four novels are Charming, Daring, Fearless & In Shining Armor.

LEGEND HAS IT is the fifth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first four novels are Charming, Daring, Fearless & In Shining Armor.

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy)

James Islington

The second book in the acclaimed Licanius Trilogy by James Islington."Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog"Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire." - GuardianIn the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs-finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the... read more

The second book in the acclaimed Licanius Trilogy by James Islington."Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog"Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire." - GuardianIn the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs-finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the... read more

Provenance

Ann Leckie

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which ... read more

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which ... read more

A Just Clause (A Booktown Mystery)

Lorna Barrett

Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in ... read more

Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in ... read more

Cinco de Murder (A Taste of Texas Mystery)

Rebecca Adler

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her sp... read more

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her sp... read more

Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)

Miranda James

The author of the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must de... read more

The author of the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must de... read more

Dark Exodus (A Demonists Novel)

Thomas E. Sniegoski

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen and the Remy Chandler series comes the second novel in a new dark fantasy saga about fighting the demonic forces that seek to destroy us all...John Fogg and Theodora Knight were widely known for their paranormal investigations—and the popular TV show about them. But then an episode went horribly wrong, and they disturbed a mysterious ves... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen and the Remy Chandler series comes the second novel in a new dark fantasy saga about fighting the demonic forces that seek to destroy us all...John Fogg and Theodora Knight were widely known for their paranormal investigations—and the popular TV show about them. But then an episode went horribly wrong, and they disturbed a mysterious ves... read more

Royally Roma (The Royals Book 1)

Teri Wilson

"A charmingly modern twist on a classic love story—loads of fun and all the feels." —Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly in Love In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.Julia Costa is too busy tr... read more

"A charmingly modern twist on a classic love story—loads of fun and all the feels." —Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly in Love In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.Julia Costa is too busy tr... read more

Death in Dark Blue (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery)

Julia Buckley

An aspiring suspense author finds herself writing mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare…Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She’s got a n... read more

An aspiring suspense author finds herself writing mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare…Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She’s got a n... read more

Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery)

Nancy J. Parra

In the new Perfect Proposals mystery from the author of Bodice of Evidence and Engaged in Murder, a country club wedding reception becomes the scene of a baffling crime.The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities th... read more

In the new Perfect Proposals mystery from the author of Bodice of Evidence and Engaged in Murder, a country club wedding reception becomes the scene of a baffling crime.The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities th... read more

A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World

Katelyn Beaty

The managing editor of Christianity Today and founder of the popular Her.meneutics blog encourages women to find joy in vocation in this game-changing look at the importance of women and work.Women today inhabit and excel in every profession, yet many Christian women wonder about the value of work outside the home. And in circles where the traditional family model is highly regarded, many work... read more

The managing editor of Christianity Today and founder of the popular Her.meneutics blog encourages women to find joy in vocation in this game-changing look at the importance of women and work.Women today inhabit and excel in every profession, yet many Christian women wonder about the value of work outside the home. And in circles where the traditional family model is highly regarded, many work... read more

Possession (Diary of a Haunting)

M. Verano

In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, an ordinary girl with a strange illness that doctors can’t seem to diagnose recounts her experience with the dark and ancient entity that’s making her sick in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.All her life, Laetitia Jones has only wanted to be a star. It’s more than an ambition—somewhere deep in... read more

In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, an ordinary girl with a strange illness that doctors can’t seem to diagnose recounts her experience with the dark and ancient entity that’s making her sick in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.All her life, Laetitia Jones has only wanted to be a star. It’s more than an ambition—somewhere deep in... read more

The Misfit's Manifesto (TED Books)

Lidia Yuknavitch

A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and environments. It’s a shameful word, a word no one typically tries to own. Until now. Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That w... read more

A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and environments. It’s a shameful word, a word no one typically tries to own. Until now. Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That w... read more

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Jay Key

For her experience, talent, and professionalism, Sasha could charge 5x what she does! The value is undeniable. It was a pleasure working with her and my three novels are better off after her thorough proofreading. She is also very flexible and had to make some timing changes to accommodate a few unplanned delays on my end...which I can't thank her enough! Overall, A+/5 stars/two thumbs up/1...

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Jay Key, September 2018

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