Todd Hunter

Todd Hunter - Editor

A Big 5 alum with bestseller and award-winner experience who is a go-to for diverse characters/topics, and skilled at self-help ebooks.

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Overview

I spent a decade at Atria Books - Simon and Schuster where I played an integral role in the editing and publishing of dozens of books including award-winners and bestsellers – fiction and nonfiction. I’m at home when collaborating on voice-driven narratives and I enjoy getting into the weeds of structural development. My editorial repertoire also includes short self-help ebooks across a wide range of topics including business and leadership, relationship, health/wellness, and tech.

Throughout my career, I’ve been committed to expanding underrepresented voices and publishing books that are entertaining and resonating socially and intellectually.

My working philosophy is to understand, inform, and empower the author. When I’m doing my editor thing, breakthrough or Aha! moments are not uncommon. Some may call it book magic.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American Fiction
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Career Guides
Entertainment
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

The Author Incubator

Senior Editor
July, 2018 – October, 2019 (over 1 year)

Read ebook manuscripts and edited from a big-picture perspective, considering structure, pacing, tone, and progression of thought. Ebooks represented a variety of topics including business and leadership, relationship, health /wellness, and tech.

Editor

Atria Books - Simon & Schuster, Inc.
September, 2008 – July, 2018 (almost 10 years)

As an editor for Atria, I acquired and edited commercially-viable books - fiction and nonfiction, award-winners and bestsellers. I sought to expand underrepresented voices in the literary marketplace and publish books that were entertaining and resonating socially and intellectually.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

The Missing Piece: Finding the Better Part of Me: A Love Journey

Rob Hill Sr.

For anyone who has suffered pain, disappointment, or a broken heart, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rob Hill, Sr. shares the transformational personal story of his struggles and the invaluable lessons those difficult challenges have taught him about looking within to find the power to heal and live a purposeful life.Often the greatest opponent we face in the game of life is ourselves. W... read more

For anyone who has suffered pain, disappointment, or a broken heart, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rob Hill, Sr. shares the transformational personal story of his struggles and the invaluable lessons those difficult challenges have taught him about looking within to find the power to heal and live a purposeful life.Often the greatest opponent we face in the game of life is ourselves. W... read more

Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap

Gerrick D. Kennedy

“An incredibly vivid look at one of music’s most iconic groups.” —Associated Press “Kennedy is a deft storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times “An entertaining account.” —Kirkus Reviews “In-depth portrait of a seminal group.” —Booklist “A nonstop, can't-put-it down ride.” —Library Journal Discover the stunning rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A, one of America’s most revered and iconic enduring music gro... read more

“An incredibly vivid look at one of music’s most iconic groups.” —Associated Press “Kennedy is a deft storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times “An entertaining account.” —Kirkus Reviews “In-depth portrait of a seminal group.” —Booklist “A nonstop, can't-put-it down ride.” —Library Journal Discover the stunning rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A, one of America’s most revered and iconic enduring music gro... read more

The Kennedy Connection: A Gil Malloy Novel (The Gil Malloy Series Book 1)

R. G. Belsky

“An engrossing journalistic thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Thought-provoking thriller...Loaded with tension and full of unexpected twists and turns.”—Jan Burke, bestselling author and Edgar Award winner for Bones “Extremely well-written tale of good vs. evil.”—Huffington Post Half a century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, someone is killing people on the stre... read more

“An engrossing journalistic thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Thought-provoking thriller...Loaded with tension and full of unexpected twists and turns.”—Jan Burke, bestselling author and Edgar Award winner for Bones “Extremely well-written tale of good vs. evil.”—Huffington Post Half a century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, someone is killing people on the stre... read more

They Come in All Colors: A Novel

Malcolm Hansen

2019 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Malcolm Hansen arrives on the scene as a bold new literary voice with his stunning debut novel. Alternating between the Deep South and New York City during the 1960s and early '70s, They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by childhood memories of t... read more

2019 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Malcolm Hansen arrives on the scene as a bold new literary voice with his stunning debut novel. Alternating between the Deep South and New York City during the 1960s and early '70s, They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by childhood memories of t... read more

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Marc Lamont Hill

Named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews A New York Times Editor’s Choice Nautilus Award Winner “A worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.” —The New York Times In this “thought-provoking and important” (Library Journal) analysis of state-sanctioned violence, Marc Lamont Hill carefully considers a string of high-profile deaths in America—Sandra Bla... read more

Named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews A New York Times Editor’s Choice Nautilus Award Winner “A worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.” —The New York Times In this “thought-provoking and important” (Library Journal) analysis of state-sanctioned violence, Marc Lamont Hill carefully considers a string of high-profile deaths in America—Sandra Bla... read more

The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright

Yvette Johnson

In this “beautiful, evocative” (Booklist, starred review) memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the moving, true story of her late grandfather Booker Wright, whose extraordinary act of courage would change his and, later, her life forever.“Have to keep that smile,” Booker Wright said in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time, Wright was ... read more

In this “beautiful, evocative” (Booklist, starred review) memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the moving, true story of her late grandfather Booker Wright, whose extraordinary act of courage would change his and, later, her life forever.“Have to keep that smile,” Booker Wright said in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time, Wright was ... read more

Everyday People: The Color of Life--a Short Story Anthology

“A delight and highly recommended.” —Booklist “Showcases the truth and fullness of people of color.” —Book Riot In the tradition of Best American Short Stories comes Everyday People: The Color of Life, a dazzling collection of contemporary short fiction.Everyday People is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that presents new and renowned work by established and emerging writers o... read more

“A delight and highly recommended.” —Booklist “Showcases the truth and fullness of people of color.” —Book Riot In the tradition of Best American Short Stories comes Everyday People: The Color of Life, a dazzling collection of contemporary short fiction.Everyday People is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that presents new and renowned work by established and emerging writers o... read more

Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island

Gary L. Heyward

In this shocking memoir from a former corrections officer, Gary Heyward shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the infamous Rikers Island jails.Gary Heyward’s life changed forever when he received a letter from the New York City Department of Corrections announcing he was accepted into the academy for new recruits. ... read more

In this shocking memoir from a former corrections officer, Gary Heyward shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the infamous Rikers Island jails.Gary Heyward’s life changed forever when he received a letter from the New York City Department of Corrections announcing he was accepted into the academy for new recruits. ... read more

Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

A New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones... read more

A New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones... read more

Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson

Kent Babb

Shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing “A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon.” —Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of the hard-changing, hard-partying athlete who played ... read more

Shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing “A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon.” —Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of the hard-changing, hard-partying athlete who played ... read more

WELCOME to the Next Level: 3 Secrets to Become Unstuck, Take Action, and Rise Higher in Your Career (PractiGal Career Mentor Book 1)

Sonya L Sigler

Don’t get stuck in your career – take it to the next level.Are you so frustrated with your job that you want to quit? You consider yourself a highly-motivated worker who has done everything to get promoted, and yet it still hasn’t happened. Your career is important, and you don’t want to leave it to chance. It’s time to make a change.For over twenty years, executive leadership coach and author... read more

Don’t get stuck in your career – take it to the next level.Are you so frustrated with your job that you want to quit? You consider yourself a highly-motivated worker who has done everything to get promoted, and yet it still hasn’t happened. Your career is important, and you don’t want to leave it to chance. It’s time to make a change.For over twenty years, executive leadership coach and author... read more

The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence: What You Must Know about AI

Junling Hu

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming our lives, from workplace to home, from jobs to recreation. In this time of rapid change, how can you stay relevant and not be left behind? This book gives you the knowledge needed to understand what is happening in the AI world, what future jobs will look like, and what upcoming trends and products you can expect. Through this book, you willLear... read more

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming our lives, from workplace to home, from jobs to recreation. In this time of rapid change, how can you stay relevant and not be left behind? This book gives you the knowledge needed to understand what is happening in the AI world, what future jobs will look like, and what upcoming trends and products you can expect. Through this book, you willLear... read more

When Life Breaks: Raising Children During Divorce

Tanzania Davis-Black

What is the real cost of divorce when children are involved?You can calculate the legal and economic costs associated with divorce. However, there is no way to calculate the devastation a divorce has on the children involved. They become innocent bystanders, screaming in silence as their lives are affected the most. Despite the insurmountable challenges you face as a co-parent, it is possible ... read more

What is the real cost of divorce when children are involved?You can calculate the legal and economic costs associated with divorce. However, there is no way to calculate the devastation a divorce has on the children involved. They become innocent bystanders, screaming in silence as their lives are affected the most. Despite the insurmountable challenges you face as a co-parent, it is possible ... read more

Radical Integrity: 7 Breakthrough Strategies for Transforming Your Business, Sales, and Life

James Jacobi

You want more for yourself, your sales team, and your family. You want success.You’ve tried it all: books, podcasts, coaching, and you’ve implemented dozens of strategies, but for some reason, you can’t break the cycle. Sales are stagnant or falling, teammates keep quitting, you could soon lose your job, and the stress carries over when you get home. You are sick and tired of the same game. Yo... read more

You want more for yourself, your sales team, and your family. You want success.You’ve tried it all: books, podcasts, coaching, and you’ve implemented dozens of strategies, but for some reason, you can’t break the cycle. Sales are stagnant or falling, teammates keep quitting, you could soon lose your job, and the stress carries over when you get home. You are sick and tired of the same game. Yo... read more

Transform Yourself Through Disease: 8 Steps to Reclaim Your Health and Your Life

Rory Reich

Take back control of your health and your life A health crisis is one of the most challenging situations you will experience in your lifetime. It leaves you frightened, confused, and asking, “Why did this happen to me?”Transformational coach Rory Reich knows this feeling personally. He experienced his first healing crisis when he was twenty-five, and, without anyone to guide him, he struggled ... read more

Take back control of your health and your life A health crisis is one of the most challenging situations you will experience in your lifetime. It leaves you frightened, confused, and asking, “Why did this happen to me?”Transformational coach Rory Reich knows this feeling personally. He experienced his first healing crisis when he was twenty-five, and, without anyone to guide him, he struggled ... read more

This Is Not 'The End': Strategies to Get Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life

Nina Sossamon-Pogue

Get through the worst parts of your life.Do you feel like your life will never be the same? Do you worry that this horrible event in your life will be all that people remember about you?You are not alone. Nina Sossamon-Pogue, former world-class gymnast and award-winning television personality turned successful corporate executive, pulls from decades of high, lows, and public pain to write This... read more

Get through the worst parts of your life.Do you feel like your life will never be the same? Do you worry that this horrible event in your life will be all that people remember about you?You are not alone. Nina Sossamon-Pogue, former world-class gymnast and award-winning television personality turned successful corporate executive, pulls from decades of high, lows, and public pain to write This... read more

Leadership through Trust & Collaboration : Practical Tools for Today's Results-Driven Leader

Jill Ratliff

Develop leaders who drive results.You want to develop the best leaders, the kind who people want to follow, who know how to break through silos and get people to work well together. The truth is that one of the biggest obstacles to effective leadership is gaining trust and collaboration. It’s about finding the courage to build meaningful relationships. Leaders who can build trust and touch hea... read more

Develop leaders who drive results.You want to develop the best leaders, the kind who people want to follow, who know how to break through silos and get people to work well together. The truth is that one of the biggest obstacles to effective leadership is gaining trust and collaboration. It’s about finding the courage to build meaningful relationships. Leaders who can build trust and touch hea... read more

Twice as Good: Leadership and Power for Women of Color

Dr. Mary J. Wardell

Now is the time for women of color to step into their distinct power and be the transformative force for good at work.With the emergence of the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BlackLivesMatter movements, as well as the election of the most diverse and female Congress in history, America is experiencing a referendum on what power and leadership looks like. Women of color are the answer to that referendu... read more

Now is the time for women of color to step into their distinct power and be the transformative force for good at work.With the emergence of the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BlackLivesMatter movements, as well as the election of the most diverse and female Congress in history, America is experiencing a referendum on what power and leadership looks like. Women of color are the answer to that referendu... read more

Be the CEO of Your Own Health: Create Your Perfect, Feel-Good Lifestyle

MariaTeresa Kline

You’ve built an accomplished life by mastering financial success – now why not take charge of your health, too? The biggest impact you can make on your life is achieving and sustaining great health. Author Maria Teresa Kline has a tried and proven method of achieving just that. She has done the research on highly-effective, alternative healing methods, and cutting-edge practices to achieve lon... read more

You’ve built an accomplished life by mastering financial success – now why not take charge of your health, too? The biggest impact you can make on your life is achieving and sustaining great health. Author Maria Teresa Kline has a tried and proven method of achieving just that. She has done the research on highly-effective, alternative healing methods, and cutting-edge practices to achieve lon... read more

Stop the Pain: Your Hands-On Manual for Neck and Back Relief

Vienna Dunham Schmidt

Something has to change with this neck and back pain!You desperately want to fix your neck and back pain because none of the therapies you’ve tried have worked. If you’ve been told that you’ll just have to “live with it” or if don’t like the usual answers for chronic pain, there’s something you can do about it. Veteran massage therapist Vienna Schmidt has worked with hundreds of people with ch... read more

Something has to change with this neck and back pain!You desperately want to fix your neck and back pain because none of the therapies you’ve tried have worked. If you’ve been told that you’ll just have to “live with it” or if don’t like the usual answers for chronic pain, there’s something you can do about it. Veteran massage therapist Vienna Schmidt has worked with hundreds of people with ch... read more

Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games

Walt Williams

From the award-winning video game writer of such hits as Star Wars Battlefront and BioShock comes an exclusive “compelling look into a world that doesn’t like to spill its secrets to outsiders” (NPR): the video game industry.When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he ju... read more

From the award-winning video game writer of such hits as Star Wars Battlefront and BioShock comes an exclusive “compelling look into a world that doesn’t like to spill its secrets to outsiders” (NPR): the video game industry.When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he ju... read more

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken

In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an exposé of one of the longest running cons in history.While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports t... read more

In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an exposé of one of the longest running cons in history.While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports t... read more

The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption

Kermit Alexander, Alex Gerould, Jeff Snipes

In this gripping memoir, perfect for true crime fans, former San Francisco 49er Kermit Alexander recounts his thirty-year-journey to redemption after the brutal and senseless murder of his family in South Central Los Angeles. “A deeply moving story of one man’s pain and hard-won peace” (Booklist, starred review).With vivid detail, former NFL All Pro and president of the NFL Players Association... read more

In this gripping memoir, perfect for true crime fans, former San Francisco 49er Kermit Alexander recounts his thirty-year-journey to redemption after the brutal and senseless murder of his family in South Central Los Angeles. “A deeply moving story of one man’s pain and hard-won peace” (Booklist, starred review).With vivid detail, former NFL All Pro and president of the NFL Players Association... read more

Shooting for the Stars: A Gil Malloy Novel (3) (The Gil Malloy Series)

R. G. Belsky

“I read it in two sittings.”—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author "Smart, juicy...highly satisfying.” –Publishers Weekly “Belsky is a tantalizing, devilish, mesmerizing writer.”—Killer Nashville Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R.G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping... read more

“I read it in two sittings.”—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author "Smart, juicy...highly satisfying.” –Publishers Weekly “Belsky is a tantalizing, devilish, mesmerizing writer.”—Killer Nashville Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R.G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping... read more

Blonde Ice: A Gil Malloy Novel (4) (The Gil Malloy Series)

R. G. Belsky

“Insightful and genuinely interesting characters, gritty atmospherics, and a wry sense of humor power the plot, which is filled with enough bombshell twists to keep readers guessing until the very last page.” —Publishers Weekly “This excellent thriller....establishes Malloy as a formidable hard-boiled hero.” —Booklist From the author of the “thought-provoking thriller” (Jan Burke) The Kennedy ... read more

“Insightful and genuinely interesting characters, gritty atmospherics, and a wry sense of humor power the plot, which is filled with enough bombshell twists to keep readers guessing until the very last page.” —Publishers Weekly “This excellent thriller....establishes Malloy as a formidable hard-boiled hero.” —Booklist From the author of the “thought-provoking thriller” (Jan Burke) The Kennedy ... read more

Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History

Erik Malinowski

"As lively, thorough, and engaging as the team it chronicles" (Nathaniel Friedman), Betaball is a compelling look at how the Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next generation science, and Silicon Valley's technocentric culture not only to produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also to revolutionize the NBA--perfect for fans of Moneyball and The Book ... read more

"As lively, thorough, and engaging as the team it chronicles" (Nathaniel Friedman), Betaball is a compelling look at how the Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next generation science, and Silicon Valley's technocentric culture not only to produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also to revolutionize the NBA--perfect for fans of Moneyball and The Book ... read more

Todd has 4 reviews

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Lillie Lewis-Jackson
I actually expected a little more considering the amount of money that I paid for the project. Although I have not timely completed all of the changes recommended by the editor. It feels like I have to start my book project all over from the beginning and not making much progress.

Lillie Lewis-Jackson, December 2020


Curtis Carmichael
Todd heard my unique voice and respected it throughout our time of editing my stories that later turned into my manuscript. He was amazing at providing professional industry standard support that helped me structure, reshape, and line by line edit my manuscript. After searching through hundreds of editors both online, in Canada, and across the United States for over a year working with Todd was...
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Curtis Carmichael, December 2020

Todd Hunter
Curtis is a star.

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Ashley W
Todd edited my fiction story and gave me very useful feedback that will help me to enhance it. He is very professional and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend Todd!

Ashley W, June 2020


Jacqueline Rogers
Mr. Hunter did an excellent job of editing my stories. Specifically I liked the way he challenged me to further develop my characters which of course develops and improves the whole story.

Jacqueline Rogers, December 2019

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