Special offer for Reedsy members: Editing+Coaching. Watch me edit. Practice with me watching. Gain the skills yourself.
Give me a manuscript and 3 hours -- an hour of prep and 2 hours of your time -- and I will edit it with you watching via Zoom. Then you'll edit with me watching. This will teach you the skills you need to reach your audience with your thought leadership.
This isn't a packaged course. It's tailored to your ideas and audience, working only with your manuscript, meeting your particular needs -- the ones you know about and the ones you don't quite see yet.
I also talk through the issues with you so that you can get a sense of what's involved in publishing this book.
I'm an accomplished teacher (at New York University and elsewhere) and a world-renowned writer, editor and ghostwriter. I know how to see what a manuscript needs and bring it to life. I can teach you to do the same with your own work, down to the level of the sentence.
I offer this on a sliding scale based on your situation -- discount for individuals on their first big published project.
Other services: Developmental editing and consultation. (Also ghostwriting.)
Most business manuscripts have good ideas and stories, but they need help coming together and differentiating themselves from the pack. I've studied what business readers want, and most of all it's credibility and a knack for explaining the world. I can help you bring those qualities to fruition. I work collaboratively and creatively with you and your draft. I am easy to work with and responsive, and I believe in learning from every assignment, so you've got a lot of experience on your side!
My background: a leading editor of business, management and technology writing, starting with Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline and the best-selling Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series. At the Whole Earth Catalog, I learned that your best asset as a writer is your ability to learn from experience. At the award-winning management magazine Strategy+Business, where I was editor-in-chief for 15 years, we reached 1 million readers around the world. I can help you do the same.
Among the people with authentic voices whom I've edited are Amy Edmondson, CK Prahalad, Sally Helgesen, Peter Schwartz, Jon Katzenbach, A.G. Lafley, Marshall Goldsmith, and Stewart Brand. I've helped authors in India, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, Latin America, and Hong Kong.
I can also help you navigate the worlds of literary agents, publishers, publicists, and self-publishing. I'm well-versed in topics like artificial intelligence, neuroscience, history, and self-care.
My own books include The AI Dilemma (responsible technology), The Wise Advocate (neuroscience and leadership), and The Age of Heretics (business history). I also have experience with innovative formats. I was editorial director and coauthor of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series and co-invented the Fieldbook format and the "learning history" format, as well as innovative formats for case studies and other how-to books.
I began a freelance editing career with Peter Senge's bestseller The Fifth Discipline. Since then I have worked on many books, including two under my own name (The Age of Heretics, Who Really Matters?) and two collaborations (The Wise Advocate, with Jeffrey Schwartz and Josie Thomson, and The AI Dilemma with Juliette Powell). Most of the books I've edited are in the business category. One recent self-help example was A Little Book of Courage for the Great Pandemic, by Cheri Lovre. Current clients (whose books I can't name yet) include MIT management experts, a prominent business visionary in India, and a major figure in organizational learning.
strategy+business / PwC Global / Booz Allen Hamilton
As editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Strategy+Business, I oversaw articles and books for a large business audience. In addition to editing articles by luminaries such as Amy Edmondson, Marshall Goldsmith, Sally Helgesen, Ram Charan, Stewart Brand, and CK Prahalad, I worked on at least 7 books that were published by mainstream publishers, and authored by Booz Allen Hamilton and PwC. They included Strategy That Works, The Critical Few (Jon Katzenbach), and Megacommunities.
Fifth Discipline Fieldbook Series
I oversaw the best-selling Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series -- a well-known management anthology series, with multiple authors and a role in introducing people to the insights of organizational learning and innovative management. This series also included two editions of Schools That Learn, an influential book for educators. Among the authors of articles in this series were Peter Senge, Doug Engelbart, Tim Gallwey, Edgar Schein, Nell Minow, Peter Block, Andrea Gabor, and Jay Forrester.