Whitney Ross

Whitney Ross - Editor

Cape Town, South Africa

Current literary agent and former editor of NYT bestselling genre fiction, both YA and adult, with 9 years experience at Macmillan.

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Overview

First and foremost, I am a reader and book lover. Until January 2018, I was a senior editor at Tor Books (a division of Macmillan), with a focus on YA and genre fiction. During my time there, I was fortunate to edit a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Susan Dennard, Cora Carmack, Eric Van Lustbader, Steven Erikson, Katie McGarry, Ann Aguirre, Dan Wells, and Stacey Kade.

Books I acquired and edited were both commercially and critically successful--New York Times bestsellers, Indie Next Picks, and many starred reviews! I now am a literary agent,* at a NY-based agency, Irene Goodman Literary, and in my spare time offer editorial services here on Reedsy. I love to use my hard-earned knowledge and have fun in the process! It's a competitive market in publishing, so "good enough" isn't going to cut it. I so enjoy helping authors polish their manuscript into the best version it can be.

In editorial assessment, I read your full manuscript and send you a letter providing feedback on the general structure and elements such as plot, pacing, world-building, structure, character development, and more. This is essentially a first step!

A developmental edit is a full-length, detailed edit of your manuscript. During my 10 years as an editor at Macmillan, I edited countless manuscripts across a variety of genres, and I pull on that experience to give notes specifically tailored to your novel. I write both an editorial letter and provide notes throughout the manuscript in track changes, addressing all the elements of plot, structure, character development, world-building, etc. that are mentioned above, but in much greater detail. I also include a line edit for phrasing and style.

In a query review, I provide feedback on what is essentially your 30-second elevator pitch to agents and editors. Agents see thousands upon thousands of queries per year--yours must stand out to make an impact! In this review, I provide notes on your query addressing professionalism, phrasing, and selling your work in the most effective manner possible to give your manuscript its best chance.

To each new manuscript or query, I bring my near-decade of experience at one of the big-five publishing houses, an in-depth knowledge of storytelling and structure, and a deep and abiding love of books. I'm honest and truthful with my feedback, though (hopefully!) kind. I want to be the most help I can be, and create a partnership both of us enjoy! I look forward to working with you.



*To avoid a conflict of interest, I cannot agent projects I have edited via Reedsy. Thanks for understanding!


Languages
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • New York University SCPS: MS in Publishing

Work experience

Literary Agent

Irene Goodman Literary Agency
January, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

I am currently an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, based in New York City, an established over 40 years ago! IGLA represents a wide range of distinguished authors, including critically acclaimed and bestselling novelists, memoirists, essayists, journalist, designers, and Film/TV personalities.

Senior Editor

Macmillan - Tor (Imprints Tor, Forge, & Tor Teen)
May, 2009 – January, 2018 (over 8 years)

For over 9 years, I was an editor an an imprint of Macmillan. I acquired and edited a number of NYT bestselling authors in adult, YA, and middle grade, and also worked with some very fun video game franchises.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands Book 1)

Susan Dennard

On a continent ruled by three empires, everyone is born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries long war is about to end, the balance of power-and the failing health of all magic-will fall on the shoulders of a mythical pair called the Cahr Awen.The biggest thing on Safi and Iseult's minds is saving money for their plann... read more

On a continent ruled by three empires, everyone is born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries long war is about to end, the balance of power-and the failing health of all magic-will fall on the shoulders of a mythical pair called the Cahr Awen.The biggest thing on Safi and Iseult's minds is saving money for their plann... read more

Roar: A Stormheart Novel

Cora Carmack

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar. In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained ... read more

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar. In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained ... read more

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate Elliott Liv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan's secrets hide and she'll be lucky to make it out alive.... New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre shines light on the secrets we keep and asks how well we truly know the ones we love best in her riveting... read more

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate Elliott Liv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan's secrets hide and she'll be lucky to make it out alive.... New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre shines light on the secrets we keep and asks how well we truly know the ones we love best in her riveting... read more

The Fallen: A Testament Novel (The Testament Series Book 2)

Eric Van Lustbader

The Fallen: A new, pulse-pounding thriller from Eric Van Lustbader, the New York Times bestselling author of the Jason Bourne series and The Testament. The End of Days has been predicted for the last two thousand years. Now, without warning, it is upon us. In a hidden cave in the mountains of Lebanon, a man makes a fateful discovery. He will bring what has been forbidden for thousands of years... read more

The Fallen: A new, pulse-pounding thriller from Eric Van Lustbader, the New York Times bestselling author of the Jason Bourne series and The Testament. The End of Days has been predicted for the last two thousand years. Now, without warning, it is upon us. In a hidden cave in the mountains of Lebanon, a man makes a fateful discovery. He will bring what has been forbidden for thousands of years... read more

The Planet Thieves

Dan Krokos

The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle-grade series by Dan Krokos.Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.But routine goes out the airlock when they're attacked... read more

The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle-grade series by Dan Krokos.Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.But routine goes out the airlock when they're attacked... read more

Ghost Planet

Sharon Lynn Fisher

The fifth anniversary edition of GHOST PLANET.Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world--a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman ... read more

The fifth anniversary edition of GHOST PLANET.Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world--a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman ... read more

Starlight Nights

Stacey Kade

In this sizzling companion to the critically acclaimed 738 Days, Stacey Kade once again creates a masterful combination of romance, angst, and thrills in the backdrop of a Hollywood film set.At twenty-two, Calista Beckett is trying to overcome her early fame and fortune. The former savior of the world on Starlight is now a freshman at college—miles away from L.A. and her former existence. She ... read more

In this sizzling companion to the critically acclaimed 738 Days, Stacey Kade once again creates a masterful combination of romance, angst, and thrills in the backdrop of a Hollywood film set.At twenty-two, Calista Beckett is trying to overcome her early fame and fortune. The former savior of the world on Starlight is now a freshman at college—miles away from L.A. and her former existence. She ... read more

Nothing Left to Lose: A Novel (John Cleaver Book 6)

Dan Wells

Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again.This is my story.In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered... read more

Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again.This is my story.In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered... read more

Willful Child

Steven Erikson

From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliter... read more

From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliter... read more

The Tangled Bridge (Devils of the Briar Series Book 2)

Rhodi Hawk

Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a century. She's struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the pact that protects her sanity. But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine's half brother and her great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control. The boy is a threat to their bloodline, to their... read more

Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a century. She's struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the pact that protects her sanity. But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine's half brother and her great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control. The boy is a threat to their bloodline, to their... read more

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions: A Contract Killers Novel

Erin Lyon

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed. Enter the contract killer, the man who ... read more

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed. Enter the contract killer, the man who ... read more

Firebrand (Rebel Angel Series Book 1)

Gillian Philip

At the end of the sixteenth century, religious upheaval brings fear, superstition, and doubt to the lives of mortals. Yet unbeknownst to them, another world lies just beyond the Veil: the realm of the Sithe, a fierce and beautiful people for whom a full-mortal life is but the blink of an eye. The Veil protects and hides their world…but it is fraying at the edges, and not all think it should be... read more

At the end of the sixteenth century, religious upheaval brings fear, superstition, and doubt to the lives of mortals. Yet unbeknownst to them, another world lies just beyond the Veil: the realm of the Sithe, a fierce and beautiful people for whom a full-mortal life is but the blink of an eye. The Veil protects and hides their world…but it is fraying at the edges, and not all think it should be... read more

Only a Breath Apart: A Novel

Katie McGarry

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart. They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best frie... read more

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart. They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best frie... read more

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