I am a New York Times bestselling independent editor, writer, and published author who can help you prepare your nonfiction for publication. I bring 25+ years of experience at well-known publishing houses to your project.
If you have a publishing contract: I'm "the editor before the editor," editing your material on macro and micro levels (conceptual and substantive editing and line editing) before you deliver your manuscript to the publisher.
If you're considering self-publishing: I can help you ensure a quality result and work with you to make sure your ideas shine through to your readers.
If you seek a writer/collaborator: I will find the right words to communicate your important information.
If you're considering writing a book: I can help you zero in on the "what" and the "why."
If you're writing white papers, speeches, presentations, blogs, articles, or other content: I will help you put your best words forward.
Areas of interest for writing and editing: nonfiction with breakout potential in science, psychology, important social and cultural trends, wellness, lifestyle, women's issues, family issues, career and workplace issues, personal improvement, and selected narrative nonfiction.
Please read on for details about my background.
I'm an accomplished editor and writer of nonfiction books in a broad variety of categories, with mastery of the publishing process from acquisition through publication, and with experience working with bestselling authors, respected brands, and prominent professionals in many fields. I've held editorial acquisition positions at major New York publishing houses: HarperCollins Publishers, William Morrow, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan. Known for my creative skills and for my rapport with authors, I excel as a developer of quality editorial content, a builder of durable business relationships, and a resourceful thinker on leveraging sales, marketing, and production efforts to maximize a book's marketplace potential.
As an independent editorial consultant since 2008, projects I have worked on are under contract to HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, Public Affairs/Hachette, Rodale, Harlequin Nonfiction, Guideposts, and Workman. I also work with self-published authors. Please see selected testimonials below.
Books Written as Collaborator, Coauthor, or Author
I collaborated with education technology entrepreneur and personal growth influencer Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley, on The Code of the Extraordinary Mind (Rodale 2016):
- A New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller.
- One Spirit Book Club Selection.
- Translation rights in 23 languages.
- Listed in the Top 10 Audiobooks on Audible.com.
"Vishen Lakhiani’s knowledge base and his ability to present it clearly and to actually put it into practice is above anyone I have ever seen in this field.” --Jack Canfield, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®.
"This book is a revolutionary roadmap to become the best, most extraordinary version of yourself--period.” --Dave Asprey, bio-hacker and founder of Bulletproof Exec and Bulletproof Coffee
I am coauthor with behavior/nonverbal communication expert and retired FBI special agent Joe Navarro of Dangerous Personalities (Rodale, 2014):
- A Wall Street Journal bestseller.
- Translation rights in 19 languages.
"A thought-provoking course in psychological self-defense" --Publishers Weekly
"An amazing book" --Michael M. Baden, M.D., Former Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York and Chief Forensic Pathologist, New York State Police (retired)
"An absolute must-read" --Gary Noesner, Chief, FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (retired) and author of Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
I am also coauthor with Joe Navarro of Louder Than Words (HarperBusiness, 2010):
-Translation rights in 17 languages.
-Featured in Forbes, Time, and praised by FINS, the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, as one of the "Six Best Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2010." The enhanced e-book was selected as one of the best of its kind by Apple's iTunes Rewind 2010.
"A must-read for anyone in business (and anyone not in business)." --Brian J. Hall, Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"Louder Than Words takes us from an understanding of nonverbal behavior to an understanding of something far more valuable for success--nonverbal intelligence." --Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice
"Joe Navarro brings together the art and science of nonverbal communications for the business sector with the edge of a former FBI agent and the insight of a world-class observer." --Jack Canfield, coauthor of The Success Principles
I am coauthor with Sara Horowitz, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, one of Forbes’s Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs (2011), a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and founder of Freelancers Union (a nonprofit organization 300,000 members strong and the premier policymaker and organizer for the nation's 53 million independent workers), of The Freelancer's Bible (Workman, 2012), a comprehensive career guide for independent workers:
- Featured in Forbes in “10 Business Books Every Freelancer Should Read in 2017”: "Practical advice on every aspect of the field. If you’re just starting out or want to get more organized as a freelancer, this book is for you.”
- Praised in The Wall Street Journal's "The Books You Need to Read to Understand the Freelance World": "Usable, practical advice."
“Important and useful.” --Richard Greenwald, The Atlantic
“An amazing resource.” --Scott Heiferman, CEO and Cofounder, Meetup
"The road map for independent, creative entrepreneurs." --Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
“We live in a gig economy today and there’s no better guide to making your way in that world than The Freelancer’s Bible.” --Tina Brown, media executive
I am coauthor, with three women who found love later in life and talked to others who had done it, too, of Love for Grown-Ups (Harlequin Nonfiction, 2011) by Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl, and Tish Rabe:
"Insightful, humorous and above all, romantic." --Julia A. Carlson, The Huffington Post
“Hot, candid, brilliant advice to the married-who-waited-a-bit.” --Liz Smith
"The authors include practical guidance for dealing with partners that come saddled with highly involved family members, exes and friends. Tips on how to move in together, merge finances and plan engagements and weddings are particularly useful. The authors ably demonstrate that it’s never too late for love." --Kirkus
I am a published solo author: From This Day Forward: Meditations on the First Years of Marriage (HarperSanFrancisco 1995; Andrews McMeel 1998; Hallmark 2001; Loyola 2004 re-edited and retitled Now and Forever):
- More than 125,000 copies sold via Hallmark.
- Foreign rights sold in Korea
- 3-part serial sold to Glamour
- Media and public appearances include television, radio interviews, print features (Boston Herald, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer), and bookstore talks/signings at Barnes and Noble and Joseph-Beth, among others.
Selected Editing Projects
How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes (Simon Sinek's Optimism Press/Penguin Random House, 2019):
“So many of us are far removed from the outdoors. As Summer Rayne Oakes notes, gardening has not kept pace with society's gravitation from the suburbs to the city. How To Make a Plant Love You is written as a relationship guide for bringing plants and plant knowledge into your world and discovering their wonderful ways. It's not a 'place this plant in this light condition book'. Instead it digs deep into how you can have a relationship with plants--and how you'll be a better person for it.” -Jim Peterson, publisher of Garden Design Magazine
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, 2018):
- A New York Times Bestseller
- Translation rights in 17 languages.
- Excerpted in Inc.
- Featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, TechCrunch, and on NPR "Marketplace" and WNYC "All of It"
- Selected by The Wall Street Journal: “What to Give: Business Books”
“Carroll goes back to basics, explaining the practice and his reasoning behind each element. . . . He clarifies ways to use the bullet journal for every step of project management.” –The New York Times
"Useful to anyone living with constant digital interruptions.” –The Wall Street Journal
"A big step above the standard productivity book.” –TechCrunch
"A great treatise and manual for freeing and directing our consciousness." --David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
"Bullet journaling is one of the most elegant and effective productivity systems I've ever encountered. ...I highly recommend this book (and the method it details) for anyone looking to get more out of life." --Cal Newport, author of Deep Work
"The Bullet Journal Method will undoubtedly transform your life, in more ways than you can imagine." --Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning
The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish by Lea Waters, Ph.D. (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2017):
- Featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Atlantic "Bluegrass and Brain Rest: This Week’s Top 7 Education Stories."
“Practical tips for parents from the wise and wonderful Lea Waters! So many parents, including me, struggle to translate scientific research into real-world strategies. This terrific book not only helps us understand ourselves and our children better but also makes that understanding actionable!” —Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Grit
Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better by Tracey Stewart (Artisan/Workman, 2015):
- A #1 New York Times Bestseller, a USA Today Bestseller, and a Boston Globe Bestseller.
“Rich in informed insights on animal behavior.” --Booklist, starred review.
“Delightful, entertaining, and hugely important.” --Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace
The Microbiome Solution by Robynne Chutkan, M.D., F.A.S.G.E. (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2015):
- A 2015 Books for a Better Life Awards Finalist.
- As seen on CBS This Morning.
“The Microbiome Solution is the medicine we all need to truly flourish.” --Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky, Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute (HarperCollins, 2009):
- More than 100,000 copies sold.
- More than 1.5 billion media impressions.
- Named one of the top ten nonfiction books by The Washington Post in May 2014.
- Voted the Number 1 must-read book for preschool teachers by Child Care Exchange in June 2014.
“A gold mine of information.” --The Wall Street Journal
“We need to get these important messages out, and parents are clamoring for it.” --T. Berry Brazelton, M. D., Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School and founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center.
“A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky’s extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.” --Adele Faber, co-author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.
Articles I have helped develop, write, or edit have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Motherly.com, and LinkedIn.
I've been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, classes, and workshops, including the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), American Psychological Association (with ASJA), National Speakers Association Writers Conference, New York University School of Continuing Education, New York University Medical Center, City College of New York, New York University Summer Publishing Institute, Southwest Writers Workshop, Relax and Write Retreat and Writers' Conference, the School of Visual Arts, and the Self-Publishing Book Expo. I conceived and taught a publishing course at Marymount Manhattan College of Continuing Education: From Concept to Contract: Getting Your Nonfiction Book Published.