I was interim book review editor in 2012, and filled in on a regular basis for the book review editor, media editor, and others over a period of a couple of years.
I'm at the agency part-time, working as an editor, and also as a co-agent from time to time, with the agent Renée Zuckerbrot.
Freelance book editor. Clients present and past include the Center for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction/In Fact Books, Tin House Books, Milkweed Editions, Grove Atlantic, Seal Press, Ig Publishing, The Experiment, Applause Books, Inkshares, Library Journal, Trident Media, Massie and McQuilkin Literary Agency, Inkshares, and individual authors.
As associate editor, had total responsibility for 5–6 titles per season, including editing my own and editorial director’s acquisitions; hired/managed freelance designers/copyeditors/proofreaders; oversaw titles through production; built agent relationships; negotiated deals/monitored contracts; wrote flap/catalog copy; helped devise marketing/subsidiary rights/publicity strategies for titles; prepared sales materials and presented at sales conference; interviewed/trained/supervised 4–6 interns per semester; managed office; maintained website (blog, book listings, calendar); staffed events/readings; coordinated Soft Skull’s presence at BEA, AWP, Brooklyn Book Festival, etc.
Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God will kill him at Armageddon for masturbating. But Gabe’s not alone: there’s Peter, who writes swear words in the margins of his papers; Jihyun, the Korean kid who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, who follows Gabe around, trying to be his girlfriend. There’s also Gabe’s mom, who sleeps sixteen hours a day, and his dad, an elder who d... read more
In any given year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illnessand yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as mentally ill.” We hear about worst-case scenarios, but in manymaybe even mostcases, there is much room for hope. These frank, often intimate stories reflect the writers’ struggles to overcomeboth as professionals and as individuals, as ... read more
The women featured in these stories have one thing in common: They’re having a terrible day.There’s the housewife so entranced by the pristine order of her neighbors’ belongings that she can’t stop herself from breaking into their home. There’s the mother easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There’s the vulnerable middle-... read more
The only thing the writers in this book have in common is that they've exchanged sex for money. They're PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $10 crack hos, and everything in between. This anthology lends a voice to an underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped.Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys is a collection of short ... read more
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.While the Gods We... read more
Joshua Braff delivers an authentic, funny and honest tale about modern family life. Jay and Jackie uproot their family of four from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their... read more
Anne Hatley is a sharp-witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship. She accepts an invitation to the nation’s largest research colony, where scientistsDNA pioneer James D. Watson among themhope to cure” Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth: She is missing a leg and walks with a prosthes... read more
Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners, in subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of... read more
The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating speciesIf a chimpanzee ventures into the territory of a different group, it will almost certainly be killed. But a New Yorker can fly to Los Angeles--or Borneo--with very little fear. Psychologists have done little to explain this: for year... read more
Finalist in Religious Non-Fiction and Spirituality for 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Struggling with lifelong disordered eating and adolescent addiction, Chris Cole had his first psychotic episode at the age of eighteen, suddenly believing he was the Second Coming of Christ. He lost his identity and tried to perform miracles and was ultimately arrested in the lobby of his college dorm... read more
The protagonist, Ana, is a young woman in her early thirties. She was born and raised mostly in New Jersey, but has since moved out West to Portland. In a lot of ways, she left her deep roots to escape her hardscrabble childhood. When she finds out her mother has cancer, she commits to spending a lot of time back east, helping not only with the care and treatments that come with a terminal ill... read more
When History Is Personal contains the stories of twenty-five moments in Mimi Schwartz’s life, each heightened by its connection to historical, political, and social issues. These essays look both inward and outward so that these individualized tales tell a larger story—of assimilation, the women’s movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, digital and corporate cha... read more
How Does That Make You Feel? obliterates the boundaries between the shrink and the one being shrunk with unabashedly candid writers breaking confidentiality and telling all about their experiences in therapy.This revelatory, no-punches-pulled book brings to light both sides of the relationship” between therapist and clienta bond that can feel pure and profound, even if it is, at times, illus... read more
Overwhelmed with her fast-paced, competitive lifestyle, Amy Ragsdale moved with her husband, writer Peter Stark, and their two teenage children from the US to a small town in northeastern Brazil, where she hoped they would learn the value of a slower life. In this culturally rich and economically poor region, Amy and her family learn to fundamentally connect with their neighbors across languag... read more
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Writer, collaborative editor, and writing coach specializing in helping clients tell their best stories.
I'm an experienced editor of women's fiction, biographies, science, pop culture, and memoir, helping authors hone their stories on the page.