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Nomi was the collaborative writer with Ellie Laks on her memoir My Gentle Barn.
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writer, editor :
Nomi Isak (Kleinmuntz)

You’ve written a book, but is it publishable? Perhaps you’re stuck halfway through and don’t know how to finish it. Or maybe you’re looking for a ghostwriter.

I’m here to help. Let’s get your manuscript to completion and out into the world.

With twenty-five years experience as a writer and book editor and nearly forty published book credits, I bring my expertise to the service of your project, helping you bring your book up to a publishable level.

Working as a writer and ghostwriter, as well as a developmental editor, I’ve handled fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. My most recent collaborative writing project is Ellie Laks’s memoir, My Gentle Barn (Crown/Random House 2014).

"Nomi, you are so professional and have such a big heart. You didn't just write well, or work well, you got inside my head and became me. You were my voice and my witness and told my story better than I could have myself. You are such a great writer, a true artist and a genius. Thank you for working with me, it has been the greatest adventure, a true joy and I didn't want it to end! Bravo!” — Ellie Laks, Author (with Nomi Isak) of My Gentle Barn, Crown/Random House, 2014

As a collaborative writer / ghostwriter, I work closely with you to bring your story or ideas into a written form that best reflects you. As a developmental editor, I guide you in bringing your own voice to the page with clarity and strength. Whether we’re honing the structure and concept of your book or working on dialogue and character development, my aim is to honor your ideas and to make you shine on the page.

We’ll also strategize the best publishing approach for your book—traditional publisher or independent. Other services I offer are writing and editorial feedback on book proposals, website copy, and blogs.

In addition to writing and editorial services, I offer one-on-one coaching sessions to help you find your voice and vision, establish good writing habits, or unblock the stuck places. To learn more about coaching, please see my website: WritingCoachNomi

years experience: 25
Writing, Ghost-writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Copy editing
General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science, Memoir, Literary fiction, Eco/Green

“I would recommend Nomi to anyone writing anything. She has the insight and intelligence combined with an innate ability to help you figure out what you want to say and how to get going!”

— T. Frank

“I vitally understand that in a world where editors such as Max Perkins no longer exist at the publishing houses, today's writers need to find their own, a freelance Max. Nomi is such a person. Because she writes herself, she emotionally understands the needs of a writer. At the same time, she's firm and fervent with her craft as an editor. . . . I feel I'll be submitting a truly polished and well-considered work. I simply enjoy working with Nomi.”

— Christopher Meeks
Author of Brightest Moon of the Century and Love at Absolute Zero
Creative Writing Instructor (UCLA & Cal Arts)

“I found Nomi’s coaching to be authentic, caring, grounded, wise, insightful, and extraordinarily effective. Thank you again, Nomi!”

— Marc Polonsky, freelance writer

“Nomi has a gentle way of giving feedback that does not make you feel bad about your work. She is able to keep the larger perspective that is often lost when you are critiquing your own work. She has an intuitive feel for tone and organization, and she makes simple suggestions that have dramatic impact.”

— Laura Rennard

“Nomi is a top-notch developmental editor and copy editor who has worked with me on books of tremendous challenge and complexity for the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum. I can always count on her to get the job done and to do it right. Authors have been consistently grateful for her skilled, insightful improvement of their texts and her cheerful, positive approach. In short, she's a gem.”

— Dinah Berland
Editor, J. Paul Getty Museum Publications

“Working with Nomi has been the most nurturing and supportive writing experience I could have imagined. I was told how good she was, and she was better than that. She is both gentle and firm, skillfully guiding writers at all levels of competency toward their goals. Without flaunting her own impressive personal skills and accomplishments, she freely shares her knowledge and experience. She is an intuitive coach who has the ability to look within and coax out the best in every writer.”

— Anne

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