Ariel Curry

Ariel Curry - Editor

Chattanooga, TN, USA

Development and acquisitions editor with 10 years' experience in nonfiction publishing working with bestselling authors.

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Overview

Need help fine-tuning your proposal - or not sure where to start? Want to polish up your first draft and get beta feedback - everything from grammar and punctuation to the flow of the story? Do you dream of finally writing your memoir, as a legacy for your kids or because you know you've got a great story?

These are all the questions an acquisitions and development editor can help you with! I've been on the other side of the slush pile, so I can help you think through what editors and agents are looking for and how to perfect your pitch. If you've already got the idea fleshed out, we can work together to build a strong structure and craft a solid draft. I'm especially passionate about narrative nonfiction, education, memoir/biography, parenting/family, wellness, philosophy, history, psychology, and self-help.

Let's work together to make the world a better place through the power of books.

"Ariel is one of the best editors I've worked with - smart, patient, thoughtful, with great attention to detail as well as a great marketing sense about the book we worked on. She was a strong guiding force throughout the entire publishing process." - Warren Berger, NY Times bestselling author of A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Humanities & Social Sciences
Inspirational
Parenting & Families
Fiction
Christian Fiction

Certifications

  • Digital Project Management
  • Negotiation Mastery - Harvard Business Online

Work experience

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Corwin
November, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

I work with education thought leaders to support system- and school-wide change in schools, through the publication of empowering books that bridge the gap between research and practice.

Associate Editor

Corwin
May, 2014 – November, 2015 (over 1 year)

Acquired titles in Educational Technology and General Methods; oversaw development of key manuscripts; project managed all EdTech titles and the Corwin Connected Educators Series in particular; strategic planning and branding for Corwin EdTech and General Methods; conducted market research in the EdTech market; additional programs as assigned (such as Quaglia School Voice); led project to improve internal professional development; managing editor of Corwin Connect.

Teach Like Yourself: How Authentic Teaching Transforms Our Students and Ourselves (Corwin Teaching Essentials)

Gravity Goldberg

This book helps you be the biggest, boldest, and most powerful version of your teacher self. It reminds you why you became a teacher and coaches you to bring your unique gifts and talents into the classroom. The difference between a so-so lesson and one that leaves a lasting impact on students has everything to do with how confident and connected you feel to yourself and your students. Read th... read more

This book helps you be the biggest, boldest, and most powerful version of your teacher self. It reminds you why you became a teacher and coaches you to bring your unique gifts and talents into the classroom. The difference between a so-so lesson and one that leaves a lasting impact on students has everything to do with how confident and connected you feel to yourself and your students. Read th... read more

The Learning Challenge: How to Guide Your Students Through the Learning Pit to Achieve Deeper Understanding (Corwin Teaching Essentials)

James A. Nottingham

Embrace challenge and celebrate Eureka! Challenge makes learning more interesting. That’s one of the reasons to encourage your students to dive into the learning pit―a state of cognitive conflict that forces students to think more deeply, critically, and strategically until they discover their "eureka" moment. Nottingham, an internationally known author and consultant, will show you how to pro... read more

Embrace challenge and celebrate Eureka! Challenge makes learning more interesting. That’s one of the reasons to encourage your students to dive into the learning pit―a state of cognitive conflict that forces students to think more deeply, critically, and strategically until they discover their "eureka" moment. Nottingham, an internationally known author and consultant, will show you how to pro... read more

The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves (Corwin Teaching Essentials)

Guy Claxton

Become mind-fit for life! Learning is learnable! Educators can explicitly teach positive learning attitudes and habits of mind. Guy Claxton’s powerful resource will help teachers understand how ‘every lesson, every day’ shapes the way students see themselves as learners. This important work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath’ the surface of our teaching and attend closely to the way we shape d... read more

Become mind-fit for life! Learning is learnable! Educators can explicitly teach positive learning attitudes and habits of mind. Guy Claxton’s powerful resource will help teachers understand how ‘every lesson, every day’ shapes the way students see themselves as learners. This important work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath’ the surface of our teaching and attend closely to the way we shape d... read more

Acsah, A Novel

Rice, Janice

The NEW Team Habits: A Guide to the New School Rules

Kim, Anthony, Mascarenaz, Keara, Lai, Kawai

Ariel has 6 reviews

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Adriana Sorgi
I really recommend Ariel! She was truly wonderful throughout the whole process of finishing my book. She gave me really great insight and was genuinely excited for me. I felt really supported by Ariel the whole time. Adriana

Adriana Sorgi, September 2021

Ariel Curry
Thank you, Adriana! I enjoyed working with you, and I hope the book is going well!

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John Fuller
Five Stars are not enough to measure the value of Ariel's coaching on my work. I can recommend her with no reservation. Her responses were immediate and concise. Her review was completed just ahead of my requested deadline (about 4 or 5 weeks from start to finish, as I recall). When needed, her reviews went into good depth and salient criticism. It was definitely clear she had read my work...
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John Fuller, May 2021

Ariel Curry
Ah, thank you, John!! I'm so glad you found it helpful, and that your first experience working with an editor was positive. I'd love to work with you again in the future.

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Robert Bass
Ariel did a fantastic developmental and line by line edits. Her insight and questions made the book twenty times better. She went above and beyond my expectations. Highly recommended!

Robert Bass, February 2021

Ariel Curry
Thanks so much, Robert! I really enjoyed your book and can't wait to see it out in the world!

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Amelia Sherry
Ariel has been an amazing asset to have on my team! She's equally professional and personable. The comments and insights she provided on my book project have been invaluable, particularly as a new author. She both encouraged and advised me in all the right ways. Her insights also helped identify discrepancies and places where I could strengthen my message. Plus, she delivered on every promise s...
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Amelia Sherry, January 2021

Ariel Curry
I'm so glad that it was helpful - it's been a joy working with you on your project! I can't wait to work together more as you continue your publishing journey!

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Azaria Hogans
Ariel is absolutely amazing. Her work is thorough and details. She is so kind and supportive. I will definitely be using her again for my next project.

Azaria Hogans, November 2020

Ariel Curry
Thank you, Azaria!! It was wonderful working with you as well. I can't wait for our next collaboration!

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