Tania Strauss

Tania Strauss - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor and story consultant with 8+ years working on novels and screenplays. I want to teach you the skills you need to tell great stories!

Request a quote
Verified identity

Overview

Reviews (2)
I'm a writer and editor living in New York City with a 10+ year career that spans book publishing, film, and nonprofits. I have extensive experience working on novels, narrative nonfiction, and screenplays across many genres, and offer services directly to writers as well as to corporate clients as an editorial and story consultant. My services include development and editorial work on manuscripts, scouting new projects and writers for top agencies, and analyzing books for film adaptation.

Earlier in my career I held full-time positions at United Talent Agency in Los Angeles, and The Cheney Agency in New York. During my 5+ years of independant employment I've continued to work frequently with both companies, as well as with NY Book Editors, several production companies, and numerous authors and screenwriters.

I hold a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and my own work has appeared in several notable publications including T Magazine, DuJour Magazine, Allure, Bustle, and many others. On a personal note, I'm currently in process on a couple of major fiction projects of my own! My extensive experience on both sides of the writer-editor exchange has put me in a unique position to give detailed, empathetic, and *useful* feedback that will help you craft the most effective and compelling version of your story.

As both a reader and an editor, I particularly love literary mysteries; stories relevant to women; anything with an enveloping sense of time and place; and voice-driven narratives. However it is my firm belief that any type of story can be a wonderful and exciting read, if it has depth and the characters are vivid and compelling. It is also my firm belief that a great editor is, at heart, a teacher -- and it's my aim not only to help you improve the manuscript or screenplay you are working on currently, but to help you build a set of tools you will carry with you to all your future writing endeavors.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Plays & Screenplays
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • B.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing, with High Honors. University of Michigan, 2007.

Work experience

Writer & Editor

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

As a freelance editor of books and screenplays across many genres, companies I've worked with include United Talent Agency, The Cheney Agency, and NY Book Editors, as well as several production companies and individual author clients. My services include development and editorial work on manuscripts, scouting new projects and writers for top agencies, and analyzing books for film adaptation.

I also have professional experience as a freelance journalist, blogger, corporate copywriter, and grantwriter. My writing has appeared in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, DuJour Magazine, Bustle, Gather Journal, Allure, and other publications. I also work on personal projects and offer a variety of professional writing services, including ghostwriting.

Literary Associate

The Cheney Agency (fka Elyse Cheney Literary Associates)
January, 2012 – March, 2013 (about 1 year)

Did in-depth editorial work on fiction manuscripts and nonfiction book proposals in preparation for submission to publishers; held one-on-one editorial meetings with current and prospective agency clients; composed editorial letters; managed the process of submitting client projects to publishers for sale; evaluated queries, proposals, and manuscripts for representation; assorted administrative tasks.

Story Analyst

United Talent Agency
June, 2011 – January, 2012 (7 months)

Completed full written coverage on screenplays of every genre, including detailed development analysis of story, character, technique, and commercial/audience potential. Also provided similar coverage on published and unpublished book manuscripts and evaluated these works for film adaptation.

Assistant in The Motion Picture Literary Department

United Talent Agency
November, 2010 – May, 2011 (6 months)

Assisted the head of UTA’s Independent Film Group and Partner in the Motion Picture Literary Department.
Maintained relationships with with high-profile talent and industry executives; tracked project status, contracts, and moneys; provided team support at the Sundance Film Festival; provided creative input on developing projects.

Agency Trainee

United Talent Agency
May, 2010 – November, 2010 (6 months)

Development Coordinator & Grantwriter

American Museum of Natural History
February, 2008 – February, 2010 (about 2 years)

Participated in all aspects of the fundraising process, including: conducting prospect research to identify potential funding opportunities; working with program staff to compose proposals and reports for major Foundation funders; coordinating the donor attribution efforts of the entire Development Department; arranging meetings, lunches, tours, and other benefits for high-level donors; assisting with Museum fundraisers and other special events.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Novel

Adelle Waldman

The national bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, Slate, The Economist, The New Republic, Bookforum, Baltimore City Paper, The Daily Beast, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Reader, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Buzzfeed and many others. A New York Times Editors' Choice and a Washington Post Notable book."Adelle Waldman's debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nat... read more

The national bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, Slate, The Economist, The New Republic, Bookforum, Baltimore City Paper, The Daily Beast, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Reader, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Buzzfeed and many others. A New York Times Editors' Choice and a Washington Post Notable book."Adelle Waldman's debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nat... read more

Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel

Julia Pierpont

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST • Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena DunhamFor fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable cha... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST • Features an exclusive conversation between Julia Pierpont and Lena DunhamFor fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable cha... read more

The Ways of the Dead: A Novel

Neely Tucker

"An exciting first novel that echoes the best writing of Pete Hamill and George Pelecanos, mixed with bit of The Wire and True Detective."—The Miami HeraldThe electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporterSarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol. Though t... read more

"An exciting first novel that echoes the best writing of Pete Hamill and George Pelecanos, mixed with bit of The Wire and True Detective."—The Miami HeraldThe electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporterSarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol. Though t... read more

Bradstreet Gate: A Novel

Robin Kirman

A tour de force about three friends affected by a campus murder, for readers of Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, and Jeffrey EugenidesGeorgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic p... read more

A tour de force about three friends affected by a campus murder, for readers of Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, and Jeffrey EugenidesGeorgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic p... read more

No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer

The #1 New York Times bestselling first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy SEAL who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments. From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen o... read more

The #1 New York Times bestselling first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy SEAL who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments. From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen o... read more

Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violati... read more

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violati... read more

Tania has 2 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Amy Hill
Tania was a delight to work with. Her comments on my manuscript were clear, respectful, professional, and thoughtful. She provided exactly the level of edit I hoped for and improved my manuscript immeasurably. I look forward to working with her again in the future.

Amy Hill, July 2019

Tania Strauss
Thank you Amy! Working with you was a delight, and I wish you best of luck with this novel and all future ones.

Reply from Tania Strauss


Eric Li
Tania was great! She always responded promptly and explained things thoroughly. Her editorial assessment was very helpful, not just for my novel, but also for me as a writer. Thank you!

Eric Li, January 2019

Tania Strauss
Thank you so much Eric! I very much hope we get to work together again in the future, and in the meantime good luck with your rewrites!

Reply from Tania Strauss

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Fran Lebowitz

Former Agent, Writers House, now Expat; two Newbery & NBA authors. I take a holistic, highly customized approach with a plan

New York, United States

Mary-Theresa Hussey

Award winning editor with 25+ years in traditional publishing. Specializing in genre fiction. Looking to help make good stories well told.

New York, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy