Amanda A. Barnett

Managing Senior Editor
New York Times-bestselling, former Big 5 acquisitions editor

A former literary agent with more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, Amanda worked previously at Random House and as an acquisitions editor at Simon and Schuster. Her list includes over a dozen New York Times bestsellers, as well as many other notable and award-winning books. Her vast experience has exposed her to a wide array of genres, allowing her to provide authors with a high level of guidance throughout the writing and editing process. Her most notable authors include Stephen King, Angelina Jolie, Shirley MacLaine, Lorna Luft, Sean Ferrer, Art Bell, Mary Higgins Clark, and Ann Rule. As Senior Editor, Amanda reviews materials and oversees the ghostwriting process to help authors create dynamic, well-constructed, and compelling books.

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Selected Publications


  • Editor, Beyond High Performance: What Great Coaches Know About How the Best Get Better by Jason Blackwell (Amplify Publishing, 2023)
  • Editor, Battle to the Top: How to Become an ACHIEVER in the World of Finance by Jason Blackwell (Red Dagger Publishing, 2023)
  • Editor, Invisible Wealth: Five Principles for Redefining Personal Wealth in the New Paradigm by Jennifer Wines (Wiley, 2023)
  • Editor, Unlock Your Potential by Jeff Lerner (BenBella, 2022)
  • Editor, The Way of the Wall Street Warrior by Dave Liu (Wiley, 2021)
  • Editor, Inside Jobs: Why Insider Risk Is the Biggest Cyber Threat You Can’t Ignore by Joe Payne and Jadee Hanson (Skyhorse, 2020)


  • Editor, Dear Body by Brittany Williams (Harvest/Harper, 2023)
  • Editor, Bone Broth Breakthrough by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci (Rodale, 2022)
  • Editor, The Day Before Tomorrow: How to Make Today Count by Madison Ngafeeson (Trilogy Christian Publishing, 2022)
  • Editor, Surviving Covid-19 by Dan Venezia (Post Hill Press, 2020)
  • Editor, Finding Soul, From Silicon Valley to Africa by Kurt Davis (Morgan James, 2020)
  • Editor, The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit by Shirley MacLaine (Pocket Books, 2001)

General Nonfiction

  • Editor, How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race by Kwame Christian (BenBella, 2022)
  • Editor, Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Ferrer (Atria, 2005)
  • Editor, The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell (Atria Books, 1999)


  • Editor, New Paths by Anthony Razzano (Wiley, forthcoming)
  • Editor, Recycled: A Reluctant Search for True Self Through Nurture, Nature, and Free Willby Dr. Jack Rocco (Ingenium Books, 2023)
  • Editor, Family Reins by Billy Busch (Blackstone, 2023)
  • Editor, The Calling: A Memoir of Family, Faith and the Future of Healthcareby Dr. Chris Chen and Dr. Gordon Chen (Forefront Books, 2022)
  • Editor, Letters from the Last Pope by Phoebe Sisk (Houndstooth Press, 2022)
  • Editor, Angelina Jolie: Notes from my Travels by Angelina Jolie (Gallery Books, 2003)
  • Editor, Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir by Lorna Luft (Pocket Books, 1999)

True Crime

  • Editor, Last Dance Last Chance by Ann Rule (Pocket Books original, 2003)
    • New York Times bestseller

  • Editor, Without Pity by Ann Rule (Pocket Books original, 2003)
  • Editor, Every Breath You Take by Ann Rule (Pocket Books reprint, 2002)
  • Editor, Empty Promises by Ann Rule (Pocket Books original, 2001)
  • Editor, And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule (Pocket Books reprint, 2000)
    • New York Times bestseller


  • Editor, Cassie the Foster-Pillar by Ashley Brown (Skyhorse, forthcoming)
  • Editor, Accidental Diplomacy by Jeffrey Busch (Archway Publishing, 2022)
  • Editor, A Real Life Fairy Tale: Princess Diana (Gatekeeper Press, 2022)
  • Editor, Return from Siberia by John Shallman (Skyhorse, 2020)
    • Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller

  • Editor, Fortunes of the Dead by Lynn Hightower (Atria Books, 2016)
  • Editor, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: A Night Like No Other by Chip Davis & Jill Stern (Pocket Books, 2003)
  • Editor, Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon (Downtown Press)