Amanda Shih

Amanda Shih - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

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

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

Work experience

Associate Editor

Scholastic Inc.
February, 2018 – May, 2020 (about 2 years)

Editor, Writer, and Consultant

Self-employed
September, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

Assistant Editor

TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House
May, 2015 – January, 2018 (over 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

Perigee Books/Penguin Random House
May, 2013 – May, 2015 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Odd 1s Out

James Rallison

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 outside looking in. He wasn't partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the ... read more

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 outside looking in. He wasn't partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the ... read more

Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl's Brave Fight to Walk (Scholastic Focus)

Meredith Davis, Rebeka Uwitonze

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 her own family behind and going to America on her own.Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka's inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of... 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 her own family behind and going to America on her own.Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka's inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of... read more

To Fly Among the Stars: The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts (Scholastic Focus)

Rebecca Siegel

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 fighters to NASA's astronaut class -- the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of be... 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 fighters to NASA's astronaut class -- the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of be... read more

Nazi Saboteurs: Hitler's Secret Attack on America (Scholastic Focus): Hitler's Secret Attack on America

Samantha Seiple

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 panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the f... 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 panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the f... read more

Into the Clouds: The Race to Climb the World's Most Dangerous Mountain (Scholastic Focus)

Tod Olson

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 men face perilously high altitudes and battering storms in hopes of reaching the summit. As each expedition sets out, they carve new paths... 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 men face perilously high altitudes and battering storms in hopes of reaching the summit. As each expedition sets out, they carve new paths... read more

You're Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way

Maxie McCoy

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 direction their lives are going—they don’t even know where to start making changes. This book provides a straight shot of encouragement t... 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 direction their lives are going—they don’t even know where to start making changes. This book provides a straight shot of encouragement t... read more

In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind

Siobhán Gallagher

"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 Work is an exciting, playful new spin on the minute and mundane decisions that make up your daily life. Each flip of the page puts you in... 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 Work is an exciting, playful new spin on the minute and mundane decisions that make up your daily life. Each flip of the page puts you in... read more

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Dominik Loncar
Quick and professional.

Dominik Loncar, February 2021

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