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About Peternelle van Arsdale

Photo by  Elena Seibert

Photo by Elena Seibert


AS AN EDITOR, it is my joy to help writers do justice to their stories. I work with writers who are at all stages of their careers, from not-yet-published first novelists and memoirists to seasoned, bestselling authors. I help writers with every level of their writing—from creating the architecture that will best hold their stories together, to polishing their prose sentence by sentence. I also offer editorial coaching to authors interested in ongoing support while they develop their ideas and complete their manuscripts—both prior to submission as well as once they’ve signed on with an agent or publisher.

I have been privileged to work with many highly acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors, including Isaac Mizrahi (I.M.), J. R. Moehringer (The Tender Bar and Sutton), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Sister of My Heart), Andrew Young (An Easy Burden), Tananarive Due (The Between and My Soul to Keep), Jim Fergus (The Wild Girl), Steve Lopez (The Soloist), T. Jefferson Parker (Silent Joe and Black Water), Cecelia Ahern (P.S., I Love You), Lynn Cullen (The Creation of Eve), and Renée Rosen (Dollface). Over the course of my career I have worked in-house as an executive editor for HarperCollins, Anchor/Doubleday, Hyperion, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons. My greatest satisfaction has come from working closely with authors as an editorial consultant, without the restrictions and practical demands that are inherent to the publisher-author relationship. I bring to my clients a particular understanding of the complex task of telling a story well, and insight into the practices and expectations of the book publishing industry.

I am the author of two young adult novels. My first novel, The Beast Is an Animal, has been described as “a psychologically intense fantasy” (Horn Book Magazine), and is being developed for a feature film by Amazon Studios. My second novel, The Cold Is in Her Bones, has been praised as a “dark, magic-infused story lit by bravery and hope” (Booklist). I’m currently at work on my third novel, as well as essays and short fiction. You can read other published writings by me here.