T.S. Ferguson

T.S. Ferguson - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

A NYT bestselling and award-winning editor of children's and YA/teen fiction with 16 years of experience at Top 5 publishing imprints.

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Overview

I consider myself an author advocate first and foremost. As an editor, my mission is to work with my authors to help strengthen their craft, bring their story to the next level, and achieve their creative vision. It will never be my goal to insert my own agenda or vision into your work, but rather collaborate with you to achieve your goals.

With 16 years under my belt as an editor of middle grade and young adult fiction for Big Five publishers, I bring with me a knowledge of the children's publishing market and an expert sense of what agents and editors are looking for when considering their next project.

I am available for plot and character development, line-editing, copyediting, proofreading, query and synopsis advice and editing, and anything else you can think of.

My experience is highly eclectic, having worked on all genres from contemporary to historical, realistic to fantasy, paranormal, and horror. Over the course of my career, I have worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books, with highlights including:

¤ HAWK by James Patterson (New York Times bestseller)
¤ LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley (New York Times bestseller, BEA Buzz Book)
¤ THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch (New York Times bestseller)
¤ HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown (An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 3 starred reviews)
¤ I AM J by Cris Beam (A Lambda Literary Award finalist, 3 starred reviews)
¤ THE RAVENOUS by Amy Lukavics (Bram Stoker Award finalist)
¤ Various short story anthologies, including ALL OUT by Saundra Mitchell, TOIL & TROUBLE by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood, and COME ON IN by Adi Alsaid (multiple starred reviews for each)

A full list of my work is viewable in my profile.


Author Testimonials:


"T.S. is the reason I became a published novelist! He saw promise in my work when I was just getting started and wound up being my editor for five young adult novels at HarperCollins. He always asked the right questions, from the big ones ("Is there enough closure on this plot thread?") to the little ones ("Are you sure this 90s rom-com reference is spelled correctly?" (spoiler -- it wasn't)), and he knew how much every question mattered. His edit letters were always thorough and thought-provoking, and every book I worked on with him was far better for them." ---New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley


"T.S.... is professional, skilled, enthusiastic, communicative, and collaborative in every way. In other words, he's a joy to work with. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend him." ---Julie Anne Peters, author of Keeping You a Secret and the National Book Award finalist, Luna


"I almost have no words for how much I love T.S! He's smart, funny, supportive, and no doubt about it... a rising star! Here's the thing about T.S. - he can edit wicked good, and do it without making you want to fling yourself off the nearest highway overpass. His instincts are spot-on, and he has an uncanny ability to look at a story, find the shimmery spots, and tease magic into them. T.S. forced me to get even deeper into my characters' heads, look more closely at subplots that weren't working, and make my characters real. He was always willing to listen to my ideas, to make suggestions, and to answer my billion questions. Almost all of the scenes in Hate List that really work are direct result of T.S.'s editing." ---Jennifer Brown, award-winning author of Hate List and Bitter End


"T.S.... [is] enthusiastic, professional, and creative... no writer could ask for more. My book covers some sensitive and emotional territory, and it's work that more conservative editors wouldn't touch, but T.S. is both courageous and visionary. He believes in the intelligence and good will of his adolescent readers, and his editing is sophisticated and respectful of young minds. He can see the real arc of a story from the get-go and he artfully clears away the clutter." ---Cris Beam, author of I Am J and Lambda Award Winner Transparent




** I am currently an active literary agent with Azantian Literary Agency. As such, it is important for any prospective clients to know before deciding to work with me that, should they hire me for editorial work, they will do so with the agreement that this work will disqualify me from representing them. All of my work as a freelance editor will remain separate from my work as a literary agent. **

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Horror
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Sacred Heart University: Bachelor of Arts, English w/ a concentration in writing
  • Pace University: Master of Science, Publishing

Work experience

Literary Agent

Azantian Literary Agency
June, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

Editor

Jimmy Patterson Books/Little, Brown (Hachette Book Group)
April, 2019 – June, 2021 (about 2 years)

In my time with Jimmy Patterson books, I managed and edited a list of approximately 10 middle grade and young adult novels per year (and a handful of picture books), consisting of a mix of James Patterson-authored titles and projects I personally acquired or inherited from other authors. I also provided editorial feedback on projects for various editors at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Some authors I worked with at this job include:
¤ Natasha Ngan
¤ Elizabeth Wein
¤ Claire M. Andrews
¤ Nicolas DiDomizio
¤ Preston Norton
¤ Kylie Schachte

Editor

Inkyard Press/Harlequin Teen (Harper Collins)
January, 2012 – March, 2019 (about 7 years)

I managed and edited approximately 10 young adult novels per year, from acquisition to publication, as well as reviewing and approving cover copy for the children's editorial department.

Some authors I worked with at this job include:
¤ Robin Talley
¤ Adi Alsaid
¤ Dana L. Davis
¤ Amy Lukavics
¤ Hillary Monahan (writing as Eva Darrows)
¤ Will Kostakis
¤ Jessica Spotswood
¤ Tess Sharpe
¤ Saundra Mitchell
¤ Anna Jarzab
¤ Kady Cross
¤ Amanda Sun
¤ Morgan Rhodes (writing as Michelle Rowen)

Assistant Editor

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group)
May, 2006 – September, 2009 (over 3 years)

Managed and edited 10-15 middle grade and young adult novels per year, while also assisting on edits for the Editorial Director.

Some authors I worked with at this job include:
¤Pseudonymous Bosch
¤ Julie Anne Peters
¤ Cressida Cowell
¤ Jennifer Brown
¤ Cris Beam
¤ Suzanne Selfors
¤ Sara Zarr
¤ Denise Vega
¤ Sherri Winston

Pulp

Talley, Robin

The Ravenous

Lukavics, Amy

Nightingale

Lukavics, Amy

Katt Loves Dogg (Katt vs. Dogg Book 2)

Patterson, James, Grabenstein, Chris, López, Anuki

Scaredy Cat

Patterson, James, Grabenstein, Chris

Daughter of Sparta

Andrews, Claire

Burn It All Down

DiDomizio, Nicolas

I Am J

Beam, Cris

Hate List

Brown, Jennifer

The Sidekicks

Kostakis, Will

Vigilante

Cross, Kady

Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home

Alsaid, Adi, Bajaj, Varsha, Andreu, Maria E., Morse, Sharon, Sugiura, Misa, Azad, Nafiza, Goo, Maurene, Charaipotra, Sona, Méndez, Yamile Saied, Córdova, Zoraida, Johnson, Alaya Dawn, Farizan, Sara, Quintero, Isabel, Larbalestier, Justine, Rivera, Lilliam

North of Happy

Alsaid, Adi

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

Mitchell, Saundra, Lo, Malinda, Talley, Robin, Lee, Mackenzi, Keplinger, Kody, Wake, Elliot, McLemore, Anna-Marie, Hutchinson, Shaun David, Adler, Dahlia, Sharpe, Tess, Scelsa, Kate, Parker, Natalie C., Farizan, Sara, Magruder, Nilah, Gratton, Tessa, Mejia, Tehlor Kay, Sanchez, Alex, Tracey, Scott

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Sharpe, Tess, Spotswood, Jessica, Colbert, Brandy, Córdova, Zoraida, Cremer, Andrea, Hart, Kate, Lord, Emery, May, Elizabeth, McLemore, Anna-Marie, Mejia, Tehlor Kay, Smith, Lindsay, Suma, Nova Ren, Talley, Robin, Thakrar, Shveta, Yovanoff, Brenna

Grim (Harlequin Teen)

Kagawa, Julie, Hawkins, Rachel, Hopkins, Ellen, Hocking, Amanda, Gray, Claudia, Johnson, Christine

Red Dirt

Jarzab, Anna

Breath Like Water

Jarzab, Anna

Imagine Us Happy

Yu, Jennifer

Hopepunk

Norton, Preston

The Voice in My Head

Davis, Dana L.

Dog Diaries: Mission Impawsible: A Middle School Story

Patterson, James, Butler, Steven, Watson, Richard

Dog Diaries: Ruffing It: A Middle School Story

Patterson, James, Watson, Richard

T.S. has 4 reviews

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Christine Schulden
T.S. Provided me with every possible tool to take my manuscript to the next level. His comments were fair, relevant and succeeded in making me rework what was needed to make the work so much better. I would welcome any opportunity to work with T.S. In the future!!

Christine Schulden, June 2022

T.S. Ferguson
Christine, thank you so much! It was a joy to work on your manuscript and I'm so glad my notes were helpful.

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Emil Buchman
TS did exactly what I needed -- aligned my manuscript with the language and expectations of my intended audience. He was great throughout the entire process

Emil Buchman, June 2022

T.S. Ferguson
Thank you so much, Emil! I'm so glad you're pleased with my work.

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Dave Walters
This is the second time on which I have sought T.S.' experience. I am delighted with the observations and advice furnished by T.S. and it is clear that his words are invested with considerable literary expertise. His input to my efforts have not only been sage, they have communicated an apparent personal investment in my efforts, a genuine desire to understand what I am seeking and honest inte...
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Dave Walters, March 2022

T.S. Ferguson
Dave, thank you for the wonderful feedback. I'm so glad my investment in the authors I help came across in our work together.

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Dave Walters
T.S. was expeditious, evidently experienced and possessed of considerable expertise. I found his review of my Query Letter to be thought provoking and of genuine value. He was also relaxed and accessible in the style of his engagement with me....which was ideal for an absolute novice and first time Reedsy user. Thanks, T.S..

Dave Walters, February 2022

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