Amanda Shih

Amanda Shih – Editor

Editor of award-winning and New York Times bestselling nonfiction for both children (8 and up) and adults.


I am an editor of award-winning and New York Times-bestselling nonfiction, a freelance proofreader, editorial consultant, speaker, and full-time marketing writer with nearly a decade of major trade publishing expertise.

I edited middle grade and young adult nonfiction at Scholastic, where I focused on narrative nonfiction (memoir, history, action-adventure/survival thriller) and general nonfiction (reluctant reader, history, spooky/mystery). Before that, I created adult nonfiction at TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where I edited self-improvement, business, personal finance, creativity and gift, and humor books with a focus on new millennial voices.

I love working with writers who are subject experts and specialize in distilling broad expertise into a compact, page-turning manuscript for any audience. I am always drawn to books that fall at the intersections of highly personal and emotionally universal or educational and entertaining. As an editor, I have done everything from laying out a choose-your-own-adventure book by hand to bringing 20 distinct characters into one cohesive nonfiction narrative and plenty more in between.

Services that I can offer are:

- Editorial assessment or consultation

- Developmental or line editing

- Proposal critique

- Proofreading

- Writing

- Sensitivity/Authenticity reading

Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference History Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Scholastic Inc.

Feb, 2018 — May, 2020 (about 2 years)


Sep, 2016 — Present

TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House

May, 2015 — Jan, 2018 (over 2 years)

Perigee Books/Penguin Random House

May, 2013 — May, 2015 (about 2 years)


Instant New York Times bestseller · Hilarious stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a popular YouTube artist and storyteller.Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison ("The Odd 1s Out") is used to being on the o... read more
"This is the choose-your-own-adventure book all millennials need."--Brit & Co.Choose your way to a perfect day with this adventurous book full of personality, tongue-in-cheek wordplay, and gorgeous illustrations. From small-talk to dating to death, In A Daze W... read more
A tough-loving guide to figuring out your next steps and believing in yourself enough to take them If there's one phrase women’s leadership expert Maxie McCoy hears over and over again in talking to young women, it's "I'm so lost." Not only do they doubt the d... read more
A nail-biting tale of survival and brotherhood atop one of the deadliest mountains on Earth.This fast-paced, three-part narrative takes readers on three expeditions over 15 years to K2, one of the deadliest mountains on Earth. Roped together, these teams of me... read more
A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way.In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing pa... read more
A searing look at the birth of America's space program, and the men and women aviators who set its course.In the 1960s, locked in a heated race to launch the first human into space, the United States selected seven superstar test pilots and former military air... read more
Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving ... read more

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Dominik L.

Dominik L.

Feb, 2021

Quick and professional.

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