Tenyia Lee

Tenyia Lee – Editor

Experienced editor to bestselling authors at W. W. Norton and Macmillan—and now you! I specialize in creative nonfiction and YA.


I strongly believe that everyone has something valuable to say. My goal is to help you get your story and message out into the world, and to have it reach your readers through clear, engaging prose.

I began my career as a teacher of writing, and that has defined my approach as an editor. Every editing project begins with a conversation in which I ask you about your goals and concerns. Knowing what you want out of the editorial experience and what you hope to accomplish in your writing, I can then approach the piece itself with not only my industry expertise, but a firm grounding in your voice, style, and message.

As an editor, I don't shy away from messy first drafts, mid-process pieces that need some developmental heavy lifting, or press-ready books just looking for a final polish. No matter where you are in the process, I'm happy to listen, read, and help you make your writing shine.

My special passion is for stories told by authors of color and memoirs of lives lived daringly. In short, stories that expand our view of our world and what it could be.

I look forward to working and writing with you soon!
Biographies & Memoirs Sports & Outdoors
Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Fantasy Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • BA in Creative Writing, Stanford University
  • MA in English Literature, Stanford University

Work experience


May, 2018 — Present

W. W. Norton & Co

Jul, 2012 — May, 2018 (almost 6 years)


Jun, 2011 — Sep, 2011 (3 months)

Stanford University

Sep, 2009 — Jun, 2012 (over 2 years)


The Trading Desk

Ginesin, Brad

Local: A Memoir

Machado, Jessica

"Are You a N****r or a Doctor?": A Memoir

Stallworth Jr. MD MBA, Otto E.

Charlotte's War

Graham, J. Lawrence

Come November

Lord, Scott

Beyond the Indigo

Taylor Thomas, Tina

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Tenyia has 54 reviews





Sonya H.

Sonya H.

May, 2024

Tenyia's vision for my work inspired me to go beyond what I envisioned for my project. Her enthusiasm and constructive review have allowed me to focus more on the mission of my manuscript beyond the pages. She genuinely understood my setbacks and helped provide clear, consistent direction on moving forward confidently.
Maggie C.

Maggie C.

May, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Tenyia as the editor for my book, and I couldn't be more impressed with her passion, professionalism, and kindness. From the very beginning, it was evident that Tenyia approached her work with a deep sense of passion. Before even diving into the editing process, she took the time to understand the background of my book and wanted to know more about me as an a...
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Rachel A.

Rachel A.

May, 2024

Tenyia provided an editorial assessment for my 118000-word romance novel manuscript. I originally submitted the project under the literary fiction genre. But based on Tenyia's feedback, I reclassified it as romance, which is absolutely appropriate. Although romance is not a genre in which she specializes, she provided valuable feedback. She is clear, professional, thorough and timely in her res...
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Bernice V.

Bernice V.

Mar, 2024

Tenyia Lee, as CopyEditor, is a force to be reckoned with. She not only edited my manuscript with a microscopic view, but she also kept me updated, regularly, by sharing her thoughts and/or concerns. That is, there was no "waste time" during the Collaboration. Her periodic phone conferences were quite an integral touch to clarify several points towards enhancing the overall outcome. Tenyi...
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Maxi M.

Maxi M.

Feb, 2024

Amazing editor, very kind and thoughtful. Highly recommend.

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