I'm an editor with eight years of experience developing bestselling, award-winning fiction and nonfiction, at Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group) and William Morrow (HarperCollins Publishers).
In my years at HarperCollins I worked on commercial fiction, especially crime/mystery, and a range of nonfiction, from celebrity memoirs to pop culture/food/sports stories to narrative nonfiction. I acquired and edited award-winning books, including Lou Berney's Edgar Award-winning novel The Long and Faraway Gone and Margot Lee Shetterly's Anisfield-Wolf Award-winning Hidden Figures, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film and has been #1 New York Times bestseller in multiple formats. At Little, Brown I've developed and edited short fiction, standalone novels, and books in beloved series by the world's bestselling author, James Patterson, and have seen at least fifteen of those titles make it to the New York Times bestseller list.
I've been a guest and speaker at several writers' conferences, and teach a writing class focused on book proposals. I've honed my project management and line editing skills, but most of all I love working with authors to sharpen their message and vision, collaborating to make a book as strong and compelling as it can be. That working relationship is the best part of the process (that, and holding a finished book in your hands!).
Editor in Little, Brown imprint.
• Edit, develop, and position bestselling thrillers by author James Patterson for the Little, Brown list, including recent titles THE 17TH SUSPECT and RED ALERT
• Launched in 2016 a new line of short fiction, BookShots, curated by James Patterson
• Contribute to brand development and oversee publishing strategy for dynamic, high-priority list
Associate Editor in the William Morrow and Dey Street imprints of HarperCollins.
Acquired in 2014 the award-winning, bestselling HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly, adapted into a major motion picture in 2016.
Edited 2015 crime novel THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE by Lou Berney, winner of the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony, and Barry Awards.
• Development and editorial feedback for major projects
• Maintained relationships with authors and agents, reviewed submissions and developed concepts
• Oversaw publishing strategy and worked with marketing, publicity and sales departments to execute
The #1 New York Times bestseller-WINNER OF ANISFIELD-WOLF AWARD FOR NONFICTION-WINNER BLACK CAUCUS OF AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST NONFICTION BOOK-WINNER NAACP IMAGE AWARD BEST NONFICTION BOOK-WINNER NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE COMMUNICATION AWARDThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil ... read more
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets insi... read more
The richest of New York's rich gather at The Pierre's Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. A fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act or terrorism--or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD task force inv... read more
From the world's #1 bestselling writer--3 pulse-pounding novels in one book!THE FAMILY LAWYER with Robert Rotstein: Matthew Hovanes is living a parent's worst nightmare: his young daughter is accused of bullying another girl into suicide. But this loving father is also a skilled criminal defense attorney. And something here doesn't add up... NIGHT SNIPER with Christopher Charles: Cheryl Mabern... read more
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD, THE MACAVITY AWARD, THE ANTHONY AWARD, AND THE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 LA TIMES BOOK PRIZEWith the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassion... read more
From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her year-long exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world.Fresh off a successful collegiate running caree... read more
In the tradition of Michael Pollan’s bestselling In Defense of Food comes this remarkable chronicle, from a founding editor of Edible Baja Arizona, of a young woman’s year-long journey of eating only whole, unprocessed foods—intertwined with a journalistic exploration of what “unprocessed” really means, why it matters, and how to afford it.In January of 2012, Megan Kimble was a twenty-six-year... read more
An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and ... read more
Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery's Murder is Forever TV series - premiering January 2018MURDER, INTERRUPTED (with Alex Abramovich): Rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes, to the tune of $750,000. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other in a fight for their live... read more
To uncover the truth, she'll have to break the code of the hills …In the Missouri Ozarks, some things aren't talked about … even abuse. But prosecutor Elsie Arnold is determined to change that.When she is assigned to prosecute a high-profile incest case in which a father is accused of abusing his three young daughters, Elsie is ready to become the Ozarks' avenging angel.But as Elsie sinks her ... read more
Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar--and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town's oldest families has Rosedale's upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby's inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. ... read more
From a bright new talent comes a riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident, and the journalist determined to break the story and uncover the dark secrets a small town is hiding.On a quiet summer morning, seventeen-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch... read more
“Like Carl Hiaasen, Berney delights in the cartoonish. Like Elmore Leonard, he can drive a plot. What sets him apart is how well he evokes love, making the romance…as compelling as the mystery.”—Boston GlobeLou Berney immediately earned a seat of honor at the mystery masters’ table with his crackling caper novel, Gutshot Straight—a lightning-fast, fiendishly clever suspenser that screamed for ... read more
Michael Bennett, be grateful you're alive.Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. The television news called it "holiday terror"--Michael Bennett calls it personal. The hunt is on....BookShotsLIGHTNING-FAST STORIES BY JAMES PATTERSONNovels you can devour in a few hours Impossible to stop reading All original content from James Patterson
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