Ariel Curry

Ariel Curry – Editor

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


Ariel is a ghostwriter, bestselling editor, and book coach. She spent 10 years working in traditional publishing, most of that time as an acquisitions editor. Several of the books she edited and published have achieved Amazon bestseller status and have been bestsellers for the publisher. Some of her more notable clients include supermodel Genevieve Morton, winner of the TED $1 Million Prize for Research Sugata Mitra, education researcher John Hattie, Home Improvement writer and producer Matt Williams, and NYT bestselling author Warren Berger.

Ariel specializes in memoir and self-help/personal growth. As an editor, she enjoys brainstorming and outlining new book ideas, bringing clarity and purpose to prose, and helping authors find resilience in their writing journey. Her favorite projects are those that tell a story of transformation—either the author’s transformation through an event or situation in their life, or the reader’s transformation in overcoming a problem. She loves working with authors who challenge the status quo and can shine light in the dark spaces of our world with powerful stories.

When she’s not working, you can find Ariel doing yoga, practicing Chopin on the piano, or reading with a cup of tea. Originally from California, she now lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and a growing menagerie of pets.

"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

“Ariel has a unique gift. She can take your dreams and passions and coach you towards the reality of writing a quality piece of work." - Superintendent Mark Gotcher

Editing and ghostwriting are highly collaborative endeavors. I come to you as a thought partner and provide a high-touch, comprehensive experience, thinking about the management and development of your book from all angles. My current rates are listed below!

Current Rates:
- Ghostwriting: $0.40/word
- Developmental Editing: $0.08/word
- Manuscript Review: $0.04/word

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing History Inspirational Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • Digital Project Management
  • Negotiation Mastery - Harvard Business Online

Work experience


Jun, 2021 — Present

As a book coach and editor, I help aspiring nonfiction authors take the seed of an idea and turn it into an incredible book!


Nov, 2015 — Aug, 2021 (over 5 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.


May, 2014 — Nov, 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.


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 a... 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 strat... 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 l... read more

Ariel has 6 reviews





Adriana S.

Adriana S.

Sep, 2021

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
Ariel C.
Thank you, Adriana! I enjoyed working with you, and I hope the book is going well!
John F.

John F.

May, 2021

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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Ariel C.
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.
Robert B.

Robert B.

Feb, 2021

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

Amelia S.

Jan, 2021

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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Ariel C.
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!
Azaria H.

Azaria H.

Nov, 2020

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

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