THE PIANIST, the bestselling holocaust memoir by Wladyslaw Szpilman, and the book that inspired Roman Polanski's Academy-Award-winning film by the same title
My New York book publishing experience spans over 20 years: five years in marketing and publicity at Houghton Mifflin Company; and over fifteen years as a Publicity Director and a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Picador USA/St. Martins Press where I acquired and published over 125 hardcover books in many genres—fiction, memoir, current affairs, cultural history, social justice, and inspirational/self-help. More than half of the manuscripts that I acquired were by previously unpublished writers.
Now, as a freelance book editor, and publishing coach, I am delighted to share my editorial and marketing expertise with emerging and established writers. It has been an exciting privilege for me to work with the best literary agents, book editors, and book publishers in the country, and passing on those hard-won professional secrets and tips to up and coming writers is most rewarding. In recent years, I have coached at least five writers to publishing success and acclaim; their manuscripts spanned a number of genres, including fiction, memoir, and self-help/inspirational. One of those books is currently a #1 Amazon bestseller in its category.
I am happy to critique a complete manuscript (or proposal) to strengthen the prose and make the book project as marketable as it can be for self-publication or submission to literary agents. At the same time, I am especially eager to work with writers whose fiction or non-fiction ideas are not yet fully formed or executed on the page. A writing and coaching relationship that is shared from the beginning, can be the most rewarding journey of all, and I am one of the few freelance professionals capable of guiding it.
I have a sixth sense in steering a writer to his or her most resonant voice and subject. I am equally astute as to directions that should be taken to make a writing project as marketable as it can be; I spent the first five years of my twenty year book publishing career in publicity and marketing at Houghton Mifflin Co., where I helped launch bestselling media campaigns for Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale); Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides); and Jimmy Carter (The Blood of Abraham).
In addition to possessing immense editorial, marketing and publishing expertise, I am a gifted writer, as well...so for those who are looking for a ghostwriter or a collaborative 'ghostwriting relationship', I'm your girl.
Whether I review 500 words, or 100,000 words, my objective is the same: to help a writer understand the strengths, weaknesses, and publishing viability of his or her current material so that, with revisions and developments, he or she can produce a final manuscript that will have a fighting chance of achieving success in the fiercely competitive markets of traditional and/or electronic publication. My analyses and professional observations are as sharp and insightful, as they are honest. I leave the business of making weak material, stronger---but still not publishable---to others.
William Styron once said, "There is no good writing; there is only good re-writing". He considered his 4-hour work day 'good' if he wrote a strong paragraph; and the following day was 'really good' if he made that paragraph stronger.
When it comes to the writing journey, getting on the right track is much more important than racing to an ephemeral finish line.
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