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Molly Lindley Pisani
Star-Splitter Editorial Services

Prior to forming Star-Splitter Editorial Services in 2014, I was an editor at Simon & Schuster. But I started my career in a literary agency, so I've seen the publishing process all the way through, from the germ of an idea that becomes a book proposal to the finished product that lands on bookstore shelves. I'm happy to guide authors through any of the steps along the way: drafting informative and compelling proposals and submission letters, developing and polishing manuscripts, writing marketing copy, and more. I also provide consultation services, having the kinds of challenging conversations that help authors figure out what is the best way to get their work out into the world.

In addition to my work as a developmental editor, I have also freelanced as a proofreader and copy editor since 2010. I provide these services both to publishing houses and to authors who want a professionally produced self-published work. I speak French and some Spanish, and I also lived in Paris and London before making my home in New York.

years experience: 12
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading, Copywriting
General fiction, Biography, History, Travel, Memoir, Narrative nonfiction
"Molly Pisani is one of those fantastic editors who can see the book the writer wants to write and guide them toward their best version of it. I trust her edits completely, and she is a joy to work with. She is super strong at organizing structure and trimming down what isn’t needed, but she is also kind and careful of the writer’s voice. Hire her! She is excellent!"

—Rebecca Barry, author of Recipes for a Beautiful Life and Later, at the Bar

"Molly Lindley Pisani took a raw manuscript from this first-time novelist and skillfully helped me shape it to attract the interest of major publishers. Not only were her initial insights spot-on, she communicated a clear and easy plan as to how we could work together. She answered all of my questions, and her personality (coupled with her impressive résumé) immediately put me at ease. She provided a thorough line edit, cheering the book for its strengths and encouraging me to go further where needed. When Simon & Schuster acquired my novel for publication, they remarked that they had never received a debut novel that was in better editorial shape. Molly’s services were invaluable; I consider her my secret weapon."

—Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus

"Molly Lindley Pisani is an incredible editor who will not only greatly improve your manuscript but make you a much better storyteller. Meticulous, intuitive, and invaluable are just a few words that describe working with Molly. She throws herself into your story as an equal, challenges you, inspires you, protects you, and ultimately guides your discovery of narrative nuances in your work that you cannot see yourself. It’s been four years since my book was published, and I’m still finding new ways of being grateful for her work. An amazing talent, and an even better person. I cherish my time working with Molly. I promise you will too."

—Greg Sestero, coauthor of The Disaster Artist

Member, Editorial Freelancers Association
Member, Women's Media Group
Columbia Publishing Course, 2006

Panels and presentations: Wilkes University MFA program, Writers League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Chatham University MFA program, Smith College Book Studies program

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