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Will Anderson

Will Anderson - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

Two years evaluating and editing for St. Martin's Press. Particular passion for commercial fiction including mystery, thriller, sci-fi.

Overview

Reviews (2)

I love great stories and the authors who tell them. From memoir to literature to plot-driven genre fiction, I have a keen eye for tension and flow, those all important elements that keep readers turning the page. I believe a good editor must play many roles, from first reader to project manager, salesman to therapist, providing constructive criticism alongside passionate support and encouragement. During my years in commercial publishing, I edited big books and small, first time authors and multi-book veterans. I know firsthand how the book business operates and feel that today's market is more dynamic than ever, with room on the shelves (physical or digital) for all manner of writing. With this in mind, I will work with you streamline your story and refine your pitch to reach the ideal audience for your unique story.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing History Politics & Current Affairs

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

As a freelance editor I work primarily on fiction. I love collaborating with first-time authors to improve clarity of plot, develop lifelike characters, and streamline writing style. I work primarily in the mystery and science fiction genres and have several Reedsy collaborations as well as a few published novels under my belt.

Assistant Editor

St. Martin's Press
November, 2013 – April, 2016 (over 2 years)

I provide editorial management for 20+ titles/year including fiction (mystery, sci-fi, historical), non-fiction (history, memoir, current events) and photo books. Duties include content editing, copy writing, author guidance and list positioning. I also routinely liaise with sales professionals, marketing and publicity personnel, literary agents, and overseas publishing houses.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

Walter Laqueur

There is no question that tensions between Russia and American are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. Much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility towards the West has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimi... read more

There is no question that tensions between Russia and American are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. Much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility towards the West has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimi... read more

At War on the Gothic Line: Fighting in Italy, 1944-45

Christian Jennings

In the autumn of 1944, as Patton’s army paraded through Paris, another Allied force was gathering in southern Italy. Spearheaded by over 100,000 American troops, this vast, international army was faced with a grim task―break The Gothic Line, a series of interconnected German fortifications that stretched across the mountains of northern Italy. Striving to reach Europe’s vulnerable underbelly b... read more

In the autumn of 1944, as Patton’s army paraded through Paris, another Allied force was gathering in southern Italy. Spearheaded by over 100,000 American troops, this vast, international army was faced with a grim task―break The Gothic Line, a series of interconnected German fortifications that stretched across the mountains of northern Italy. Striving to reach Europe’s vulnerable underbelly b... read more

The More They Disappear: A Novel

Jesse Donaldson

"The More They Disappear delivers everything a reader could want. On one hand a compelling literary thriller, on the other a deep and generous meditation on life in a small town torn by addiction, poverty, and corruption." --Philipp Meyer, author of The SonWhen long-serving Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is murdered by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with ... read more

"The More They Disappear delivers everything a reader could want. On one hand a compelling literary thriller, on the other a deep and generous meditation on life in a small town torn by addiction, poverty, and corruption." --Philipp Meyer, author of The SonWhen long-serving Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is murdered by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with ... read more

Once a Crooked Man: A Novel

David McCallum

A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor known for his portrayal of Illya Kuryakin on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS. Crime pays. And pays well.Sal, Max and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file, on any computer is there a record o... read more

A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor known for his portrayal of Illya Kuryakin on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS. Crime pays. And pays well.Sal, Max and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file, on any computer is there a record o... read more

The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller

Rio Youers

A dark mystery unfolds in Rio Youers's riveting thriller, The Forgotten Girl.Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything turns upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider,” these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend,... read more

A dark mystery unfolds in Rio Youers's riveting thriller, The Forgotten Girl.Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything turns upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider,” these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend,... read more

Castle of Water: A Novel

Dane Huckelbridge

"A unique, inventive exploration of love, loss, and survival." —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale"A moving, harrowing, and downright literary novel." —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment"Brilliant, clever, riveting—pick your adjective, they all apply." —Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster's Wif... read more

"A unique, inventive exploration of love, loss, and survival." —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale"A moving, harrowing, and downright literary novel." —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment"Brilliant, clever, riveting—pick your adjective, they all apply." —Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster's Wif... read more

Bosstown: A Novel (A Bosstown Novel)

Adam Abramowitz

"Abramowitz brings Boston alive with rich descriptions and caffeine-fueled dialogue." —Publishers WeeklyZesty Meyers is Bosstown’s fastest bike messenger—caffeine fueled, wise-cracking and reckless—accustomed to hurtling through Boston’s kamikaze streets at breakneck speed, always just a bumper or car door away from disaster. Will Meyers is Zesty’s father, Beantown’s former backroom poker king... read more

"Abramowitz brings Boston alive with rich descriptions and caffeine-fueled dialogue." —Publishers WeeklyZesty Meyers is Bosstown’s fastest bike messenger—caffeine fueled, wise-cracking and reckless—accustomed to hurtling through Boston’s kamikaze streets at breakneck speed, always just a bumper or car door away from disaster. Will Meyers is Zesty’s father, Beantown’s former backroom poker king... read more

The Equalizer: A Novel

Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan, co-creator of the classic 1980s TV series, reinvents the story of the mysterious, former covert intelligence officer who helps desperate people who are in need of his unique and deadly skills.Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector... read more

Michael Sloan, co-creator of the classic 1980s TV series, reinvents the story of the mysterious, former covert intelligence officer who helps desperate people who are in need of his unique and deadly skills.Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector... read more

The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller

Anthony Franze

A Washington, D.C. lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country.Among Washington D.C. power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his m... read more

A Washington, D.C. lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country.Among Washington D.C. power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his m... read more

MirrorWorld: A Thriller

Jeremy Robinson

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out, Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept.But outside the hospital, Crazy is faced with a fear-fueled world on the b... read more

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out, Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept.But outside the hospital, Crazy is faced with a fear-fueled world on the b... read more

Wraith: A Novel

Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens

In Wraith, New York Times bestselling Reeves-Stevens team offer a no-holds-barred adrenaline rush perfect for fans of high-speed thrillers.In 1995, the CIA made a breakthrough that they hid from the world because it would change everything in modern science—but some secrets can't stay hidden. A rogue force has learned how to make disembodied minds capable of lethal action. Ghosts have been wea... read more

In Wraith, New York Times bestselling Reeves-Stevens team offer a no-holds-barred adrenaline rush perfect for fans of high-speed thrillers.In 1995, the CIA made a breakthrough that they hid from the world because it would change everything in modern science—but some secrets can't stay hidden. A rogue force has learned how to make disembodied minds capable of lethal action. Ghosts have been wea... read more

Will has 2 reviews

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KC Davis

Will's developmental edit for my historical fantasy exceeded my expectations, without question. He called out a number of opportunities for me to take the entire story to a higher level and thoughtfully identified areas where I needed to tighten up the elements crucial to keeping the reader's interest speeding along. Basically, he gave my book an MRI and walked me through the results. I couldn...

, June 2017


Zack Klika

Will has gone above and beyond what I had expected in so many ways. The quality of his editorial letter, notes and ideas left me more than happy I chose him. His notes have sparked a passion for my manuscript that I thought wouldn't be there going into a rewrite. And his open dialogue before, during and after the edit was extremely valuable. I'll definitely request his expertise in the fu...

, May 2017

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