A MIGHTY Team of Professional Book Editors
Everything changes when you find the right editor
About Our Editors
NY Book Editors is a premiere affiliation of professional editors and copy editors with years of experience in New York City’s major publishing houses. Our editors have worked for Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and prestigious independent publishers.
Their booklists include New York Times Bestsellers and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Pushcart Prize.
However, we realize a stellar track record in traditional publishing isn't enough. A careful vetting process ensures that our editors are also the kind of people you want to work with. They understand the challenges and vulnerabilities of first-time authors, and are passionate about helping you meet your writing goals.
You'll find a professional partner who will provide an edit that is enlightening, instructive, and leaves you with a a renewed focus and insight into your work.
“These are highly trained professionals who know your market. And it’s worth it. Great editing by industry pros can make all the difference in your book’s salability.”
“A team of professional editors who have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.”
“You’ll get the same quality and personal service as authors publishing traditionally.”
A rigorous vetting process identifies the best editors.
We only work on word-of-mouth referrals from existing editors, agents, or in-house editors. When a publishing professional we trust goes out of their way to recommend an editor for our team, we know they’re a stand-out talent.
Many of our book editors and copy editors have over a decade of experience at a major publisher, and the minimum requirement is four years. Their books have garnered notable awards, reviews, or bestseller status.
Great editors communicate with clarity and specificity, they have a positive attitude and an empathetic, insightful approach to the voice and intentions of an author. We look beyond the professional achievements to find people who become trusted advisors.
The best editors commit a great deal of time to each project, so they're selective about the work they take on. We expect—and encourage—editors to accept only the work that resonates with them.
Our editors must strive to maintain a great track record. If for any reason an editor can’t meet this standard, we will redo the edit with a new editor or refund it fully.Ready To Find an Editor?
Dream Editors Make A Difference
“I am honest when I say there is absolutely no way I could have accomplished this dream without you. I was just raving about you again to my friend … I loved my experience working with you — it was the equivalent of a very expensive MFA.”
In my early twenties, I struggled to write. I never shared my work or asked anyone for help. I thought Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, and everyone else I admired had achieved dizzying heights on their own. It wasn't until I started working in publishing that I learned that all successful authors had a trusted sherpa with them on their mountain. They had editors. In fact, Hemmingway and Fitzgerald had the same one: Maxwell Perkins.
For someone who has struggled desperately to write, experiencing the guidance of truly great editors, it has a profound effect. Some people are rocked to the core by beautiful music. I come undone when I see a beautiful edit. NYBE became a way to give authors access to the kind of editing that is a fading craft. We strive to deliver edits that are thoughtful, insightful, and make the author feel like they've finally found a like-minded, brilliant mentor, and they’re no longer alone.
Biographies of our support team and core editors.
Our full team consists of thirty-five editors.
Aaron Schlechter has over a decade of experience working as an editor in publishing houses both large and small, including The Overlook Press and Henry Holt and Company, where he was a Senior Editor. He enjoys editing a variety of both literary and genre fiction, and has been known to be a perfectionist, but only because he can’t help himself! His most recent client is Marie Green, author of The Serpent, The Puma, and The Condor, which won the IPPY, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, and won the National Indie Excellence Award.
Kevin J. Ryan has spent more than twenty-five years editing diverse books for both adults and children, including numerous New York Times fiction and non-fiction best-sellers. He began his career at Simon & Schuster where for several years he ran the Star Trek publishing program, the most successful series in publishing history.
Julia has had the honor of working with some of the greatest writers: Ursula K. Le Guin, Marguerite Henry, R.L. Stine, Roland Smith, Terri Farley, and G. Neri. The books she edited for houses such as Simon & Schuster, Disney, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have garnered critical and commercial success.
Julia particularly enjoys working with authors who are still in the development stage. There's a thrill in helping writers pull their stories together.
Daniel is a former Editor from Scribner, where he worked in a supportive role on winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, assisting the Publisher with authors such as Don DeLillo, Anthony Doerr, Rachel Kushner, and Stephen King.
Daniel's critical eye has benefited an extraordinary range of manuscripts. His edits are a marvel to behold across genres.
Over the past decade, Zach has collaborated with bestselling authors, former CEOs, world-renowned speakers, thought leaders, journalists, and first-time authors from a variety of backgrounds. He's a market-savvy alum of McGraw-Hill who focuses solely on prescriptive and narrative non-fiction.
He's as adept at helping first-time authors hone their ideas into compelling, marketable narratives, as he is at refining manuscripts. His recent NYBE book is The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing by Jeff Wiener, which was the number one seller in Amazon.com Business & Money.
Jennifer was previously an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, where she worked on internationally best-selling fiction and nonfiction including works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, James Salter, and debut novelist Weike Wang. Her roster of best-selling, prize-winning fiction and nonfiction ranges from the work of Cheryl Strayed and Patti Smith to Dave Eggers to shining debut novelist Jana Casale.
Jennifer is the embodiment of kindness and is highly sensitive to authorial intent and voice. She's partial to voice and place-driven fiction. Jennifer is also a yoga and wellness devotee.
Laura spent six years as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on a range of wonderful books—from literary fiction to young adult to upmarket women’s fiction, current affairs, memoir, science, and parenting. Notable books include BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel pick Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt and Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet, an Editor’s pick in The New York Times Book Review.
She's sharp and compassionate. When it comes to any worthwhile initiative, Laura is the first one to say, "How can I help?"
Kathy Huck is a Senior Editor from HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin’s Press. She has edited numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers, such as You: The Owner’s Manual by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, and At the Center of the Storm by former CIA director George Tenet.
Kathy has a way of finding the most efficient route to take an author from their current draft to its highest potential. Every suggestion is deliberate and transformative.
Here are some of the books we've been honored to edit.