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Will Anderson

Will Anderson - Editor

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

Overview

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

Assistant Editor

St. Martin's Press

November, 2013 – Present (about 3 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 (8 selected works)

Pugs in Costumes

Virginia Woof

From haute couture Oscar dresses and character classics, superheroes to inanimate objects, there isn't a creature on earth that can rock a costume quite like a pug. With over 100 full color, candid photographs of these adorable dogs in outfits ranging from adorable to hysterical to downright absurd, this book is a pure delight for animal lovers of all stripes.Packed with 128 pages of color pho... read more

From haute couture Oscar dresses and character classics, superheroes to inanimate objects, there isn't a creature on earth that can rock a costume quite like a pug. With over 100 full color, candid photographs of these adorable dogs in outfits ranging from adorable to hysterical to downright absurd, this book is a pure delight for animal lovers of all stripes.Packed with 128 pages of color pho... read more

So As I Was Saying . . .: My Somewhat Eventful Life

Frank Mankiewicz, Joel L. Swerdlow

“I first met Robert Kennedy because I spoke Spanish. I spoke Spanish because the U.S. Army taught me that before sending me to France, Belgium, and German to fight Hitler’s Army. This makes complete sense if you are familiar with military bureaucracy.”Such is the trademark wit of Frank Mankiewicz. With his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating humility―despite his many accomplishments―Frank’... read more

“I first met Robert Kennedy because I spoke Spanish. I spoke Spanish because the U.S. Army taught me that before sending me to France, Belgium, and German to fight Hitler’s Army. This makes complete sense if you are familiar with military bureaucracy.”Such is the trademark wit of Frank Mankiewicz. With his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating humility―despite his many accomplishments―Frank’... 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

Jesse Donaldson

When long-time Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is shot in the head by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with solving the crime.Every criminal the sheriff ever locked up is a suspect, but as Harlan examines the circumstances surrounding Lew's death, he finds out his former boss wasn't an innocent.Harlan's search takes him headlong into the county's burgeoning ... read more

When long-time Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is shot in the head by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with solving the crime.Every criminal the sheriff ever locked up is a suspect, but as Harlan examines the circumstances surrounding Lew's death, he finds out his former boss wasn't an innocent.Harlan's search takes him headlong into the county's burgeoning ... read more

Once a Crooked Man: A Novel

David McCallum

A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor know 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 of... read more

A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor know 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 of... read more

The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century (Cato Institute)

Ronald Bailey

In the past five decades there have been many, many forecasts of impending environmental doom. They have universally been proven wrong. Meanwhile, those who have bet on human resourcefulness have almost always been correct. In his widely praised book Ecoscam, Ronald Bailey strongly countered environmentalist alarmism, using facts to demonstrate just how wildly overstated many claims of impendi... read more

In the past five decades there have been many, many forecasts of impending environmental doom. They have universally been proven wrong. Meanwhile, those who have bet on human resourcefulness have almost always been correct. In his widely praised book Ecoscam, Ronald Bailey strongly countered environmentalist alarmism, using facts to demonstrate just how wildly overstated many claims of impendi... read more

The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse

Jake Bright, Aubrey Hruby

The Next Africa will change the way people think about the continent. The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy, depicted by conflict or corruption, and heavily dependent on outside donors is fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the continent from the world's margins to the glo... read more

The Next Africa will change the way people think about the continent. The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy, depicted by conflict or corruption, and heavily dependent on outside donors is fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the continent from the world's margins to the glo... read more

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

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