All our editors are handpicked for their industry and writing expertise, and trained in-house. Matching the right editor to a manuscript is a key part of our job, and we know their quirks, likes, dislikes and preferred genres so we will assign one on your behalf. But here is a glimpse of who they are, for your interest.
Our CORE editors are agented writers and experienced editors, many of whom also teach creative writing.
Our MARKET editors have worked in publishing for a minimum of three years, are already established authors, and may teach creative writing or freelance as book reviewers.
Our INDUSTRY editors have worked in a publishing house or agency for many years at a senior level (commissioning editors, editorial directors at publishing houses, and senior agents); or are multi-bestselling authors.
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Lori Goldstein is the author of the Becoming Jinn Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy series (Becoming Jinn, 2015, Circle of Jinn, 2016, from Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan). With a journalism degree, she’s worked as a writer, content editor, and copyeditor in a full-time and freelance capacity for clients such as IDG and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She serves as a mentor for writers in online contests and workshops such as Pitch Wars and the First Five Pages Workshop as part of Adventures in YA Publishing. Lori is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Young Adult, Upper Middle Grade, women’s fiction, commercial fiction
Sandy Harding is an experienced editor of award-winning and New York Times bestselling fiction. She spent over fifteen years at Penguin Random House and Penguin Group USA, most recently as a Senior Editor at New American Library (NAL) before pursuing independent editing. In earlier days she earned an MA (and almost a Ph.D.) in American Literature at NYU, taught Expository Writing, and worked in the NYU Writing Center. She loves discovering new writers in unexpected places and nurturing their manuscripts and careers. Sandy is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Mystery/thriller/suspense, women’s fiction, historical fiction
Shannon Jamieson Vazquez is an experienced editor of award-winning and bestselling fiction and nonfiction, with 15+ years at Penguin Random House (and before that with a literary agency and at a university press). When not reading for work, she can usually be found reading for pleasure, watching movies, or in another country. Shannon is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Mystery/thrillers, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and narrative nonfiction
Richard Klin is the author of Something to Say (Leapfrog Press), a series of profiles of various artists discussing the intersection of art and politics. Abstract Expressionism for Beginners, his second book, will be published in 2016 via For Beginners Books. His work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Forward, January, and others; his fiction has appeared in Akashic Books’ “Thursdaze” series and in The Rambler, Flyover Country Review, Riding Light, and other journals. Richard is a Cornerstones market editor.
Since graduating from NYU with a degree in journalism, Adam Korn has worked as an acquiring editor at Random House and HarperCollins, and as a literary agent at DeFiore and Company. He specializes in non-fiction and memoir and has developed, edited and/or represented authors as diverse as musicians Willie Nelson and Travis Barker, actors Billy Bob Thornton and Lauren Conrad, elite athletes Georges St. Pierre and Jerry Rice, and social entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie. He also has a soft spot for fiction of all types, particularly if they straddle the commercial/literary line ala Ian McEwan or Donna Tartt. He has recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he also teaches karate to children who, if you’re wondering, can beat him up. Adam is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: memoir, narrative non-fiction, humor, pop culture, sports, outdoor adventure, social science, entrepreneurship, martial arts, and fiction of all stripes.
Molly Lee is a writer, editor, and mentor, widely acknowledged by top-selling authors for her skillful edits and critiques. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University, and has published works in the Kechi Lamp, Splurge Magazine, and various creative writing and commercial outlets. Best known from Pitch Wars, Molly is serving her fourth year as a mentor in the program, which connects promising writers to established authors, editors, and literary agents in the community. Molly’s new adult romantic suspense novel is currently under representation. Molly is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA, NA, adult, contemporary, urban fantasy, paranormal, thriller, horror
Dionne is an American author living in England, who began as a CornerstonesUK editor before managing Cornerstones launch into the US. She writes YA, MG and adult fiction, and is represented by Writers House in NYC. She has been a long- and short-list judge for the Bath and Caledonia novel awards since their inception, and a PitchWars mentor since 2014. She previously wrote and edited scripts for TV, and copyedited speeches for President Bill Clinton during his first term.
Interests: YA and Middle Grade, all adult fiction less Sci-Fi and fantasy
Joy McCullough-Carranza has been a freelance editor and ghostwriter for fifteen years. She has twice been long-listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize and works as an assistant to a NYT-Bestselling children’s author. As a playwright, her work has been developed and produced in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and New York. She’s a Pitchwars mentor and has taught playwriting for multiple Tony Award-winning theaters. Joy is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Children's, YA
Fiona McLaren is represented by the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in the UK, and is a full time scriptwriter for an independent animation production company. She has published national print articles, sold DVD narrative scripts, and edited for a variety of private clients. She has also worked as a lead copy and content writer for an international marketing firm and interned with two literary agencies and a media company. She teaches creative writing to home-schooled students and is a Pitch Wars mentor.
Interests: All fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult, fantasy
Rebekah Montgomery has worked as a freelance writer, reviewer, copywriter, publicity consultant, and mentor. An experienced freelance editor, she has worked with independent publishers in addition to private clients. She is currently a reader for Entangled Teen. She has also written numerous screenplays and scripts, and co-developed an upcoming series for MTV. She is currently working on her first YA novel. Rebekah is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA, MG, adult dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction with fantastical elements.
Luba Ostashevsky has worked in the editorial departments of Alfred A. Knopf, Grove Atlantic, and Palgrave Macmillan, editing and publishing non-fiction titles for the general reader in the areas of science, currents events, history, and politics, working with authors to help them shape their ideas and communicate them in ways that are engaging to a general audience. She has written for Aeon, Popular Science, Nautilus, and Al Jazeera America. Luba is a Cornerstones industry, non-fiction editor.
Hollie Overton is a TV writer and published author. She is currently working on ABC Family’s upcoming drama Shadowhunters, based on the best-selling book series Mortal Instruments. Hollie previously wrote for the CBS drama, Cold Case and Lifetime’s The Client List. Hollie’s debut novel Baby Doll will be published by Random House UK and Hatchette USA/ Red Hook in 2016.
Interests: Thriller, Crime, Romance, YA and NA
Julia Pastore is an editor and writer with over 20 years of senior editorial experience at major and independent publishing houses, including HarperOne (an imprint of HarperCollins), Crown Archetype/Harmony Books, and St. Martin’s Press. She’s worked with multiple New York Times bestselling authors, including Deepak Chopra, Daniel Amen, Cesar Millan, Meredith Baxter, and Pattie Boyd. Attracted to thought leaders who believe positive change is always possible, Julia appreciates strong-voiced prescriptive and narrative nonfiction that informs and inspires in the categories of health and wellness, diet and fitness, lifestyle, self-help, relationships, personal transformation, animals/pets, and memoir. Julia is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Shelley Puhak is a nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books of poetry and her essays have been selected as Notables in Best American Essays and reprinted in Best American Travel Writing. Her work has recently appeared in The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, Teen VOGUE, and Salon. Shelley earned her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of New Orleans and she has more than a decade of experience teaching creative writing on the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level.
Interests: memoir, narrative non-fiction
Nicki Richesin is the author and editor of The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush. She has had edited over a hundred talented writers including Karen Joy Fowler, Jennifer Weiner, Roxanne Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Amy Greene, Chris Bohjalian, and Kaui Hart Hemmings. She also edited essays by Cheryl Strayed, Ann Hood, Dani Shapiro, and Emma Straub. She began her publishing career at Thomson and Bloomsbury in London, and then Pearson, and Red Herring and Edutopia magazines in San Francisco. Nicki is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Memoir, literary and commercial fiction, select non-fiction
Michele Rubin has been in publishing for nearly 30 years and was a literary agent at Writers House for 25 years, where she represented a wide range of authors, both adult and children’s, from bestsellers to award winners. She was also the literary agent the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr, and founded the King Legacy Imprint at Beacon Press. Michele left agenting in 2013 to work full-time as a freelance editor, writer, ghostwriter, and conductor of writing workshops. She is the Managing Editor of Cornerstones U.S. Her areas of expertise and interest are broad; she is open to all genres. Michele is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult, all fiction and non-fiction
Catherine Scully is a writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult horror, science fiction, and fantasy as well as a published illustrator. Her world maps and illustrations have appeared in publications with Simon and Schuster, Sourcebooks, Spencer Hill Press, REUTS Press, and Under the Juniper Tree. She is the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association and has been a Middle Grade mentor for Brenda Drake’s annual PitchWars contest, where she mentored and helped secure agent representation for her 2014 mentee. She has also worked as a marketing copy writer, broadcast TV spot writer, international brand manager, and graphic designer for clients such as Cartoon Network, AT&T, NBC, Comedy Central and more. Cat is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Young Adult, Middle Grade, horror, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, Steampunk, select contemporary, historical, Gothic, magical realism, LGBTQ friendly, diverse authors and stories
N.K. (Nat) Traver is a Young Adult author published by Macmillan. Her debut, Duplicity, was chosen as a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. As a three-time Pitch Wars contest mentor, she’s done over 190 critiques for contest entrants, and her mentees have scored in the top entries for agent requests every year. She is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA and NA, especially horror, fantasy, sci-fi, psychological thrillers, magical realism, historical fantasy
Jenni Walsh’s debut novel Becoming Bonnie releases from Tor/Macmillan in Spring 2017 and has been optioned for television. She’s also an award-winning copywriter, an experienced editor, and proudly serves as a mentor for Pitch Wars. Jenni is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA, historical fiction, contemporary, fantasy (low and high), retellings, and high-concept stories.
Noa Wheeler is a freelance editor specializing in books for kids and teens. She spent ten years at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group). She is the editor of many books, including the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Coretta Scott King Honor book How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, as well as Firebug by Lish McBride, Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen, and Flutter and Hum by Julie Paschkis, among others. Noa is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Middle Grade, Young Adult, all fiction
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