Editors of Color Database

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New York

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Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the publisher of Latinidad®, an award-winning e-zine which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. As an editorial consultant, she helps writers get published by editing their work and advising them on how to manage their writing careers. Past clients include Daniel Jose Older, author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper and Natashia Deon, author of the critically acclaimed Grace. Formerly, Marcela was an editor at Simon & Schuster where she acquired and edited the bestselling authors Karen Rauch Carter and Dora Levy Mossanen, as well as oversaw the Spanish language imprint Libros en Español. In addition, she was a co-founder of The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference and was on the Advisory Board of Kweli Journal. She has served as a Literature Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a judge for the Beyond Margins Award for PEN. A member of the Women’s Media Group, she speaks frequently for organizations such as the National Writers Union, Columbia Journalism School, and National Hispana Leadership Institute. The media, including The Huffington Post and NBC News, have quoted her as a publishing expert. Raised in the projects of Long Island City, Queens as the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, Marcela is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their very social Westie.
Areas of Expertise
Diversity, Feminism, Literature/Books, Marginalized Communities, Memoir, Personal Development (Self-Help), Religion/Spirituality, Writing
Other Areas
Fiction: literary, magical realism, mainstream, commercial, adult, young adult, chick lit, street lit, women’s, and short stories. Nonfiction: memoirs, self-help, inspiration, pop culture, and New Age
Nonfiction Genres
Creative Nonfiction (Literary), Memoir
Fiction Genres
Action/Adventure, Comedy, Crime/Mystery, Drama, Erotica, General, Historical, New Adult, Romance, Satire, Suspense/Thriller
Editorial and Adjacent Services
Beta Reading, Developmental Editing, Interviews, Line Editing, Manuscript Evaluation, Sensitivity Reading
Other Services
Book proposal critiques, query letter critiques, phone consultations
Types of Media
Biographies/Memoirs, Books, E-books, Novels, Proposals, Short Stories
Other Media
Other Skills
One of the few Latina editors in book publishing, Marcela is an advocate for writers of color, particularly Latinx writers.
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