Steve Ross

Steve Ross has edited or overseen the publication of hundreds of New York Times Bestsellers, working with public figures ranging from Barack Obama and Arianna Huffington to Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan to Joni Mitchell and Gene Simmons; and a range of writers from Erik Larson, Michael Cunningham and James McPherson to Dave Barry, Christopher Buckley and Roy Blount, Jr. He has been President and Group Publisher of the Collins Division at HarperCollins, and Sr. VP and Publisher of the Crown Division at Random House, as well as working at Delacorte Press, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and John Wiley & Sons. He was named by New York Magazine as one of seven “Influentials” in Books for 2006, and has been the subject of profiles in Crain’s New York and in New York Observer.

Steve has an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where his thesis advisor was E.L. Doctorow, and received the James Thurber Award for editing and publishing The Onion’s Our Dumb Century. A former President of the Publishers’ Lunch Club, Steve speaks regularly at writer’s conferences, at NYU’s Summer Publishing Program, and developed and taught a course for NYU’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing on “The Making of a Bestseller”.

Steve grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in the New York area. He is now an independent publishing consultant and can be reached at