Bev West

Bev West – Editor

NYT bestselling developmental editor/ghost with 25+ years in Big 5 Publishing. Focus: thought leadership, business, memoir, true crime

Overview

NY Times Bestselling editor/ghost with 25+ years experience in Big 5 Publishing. Specializing in thought leadership, business, true crime, political and celebrity memoir.


Bev’s recent titles include The Fall Line, a coming of age memoir by Eva Benefield about The Black Swan Murder (Gallery Books, 2025) Flip the Script by NYT bestselling sales guru, Oren Klaff, (Portfolio), WeCommerce by trend futurist Billee Howard,(Perigee) and Innovation in Translation, How Big Ideas Really Happen, by Dave Ferrera (Forbes).


Past titles include Youth Nation, written with trailblazing youth marketer Matt Britton, (Wiley) a #1 Amazon bestseller which was also one of Amazon’s top 5 business books of 2016, and WeCommerce (Perigee) by market trend futurist Billee Howard. The Sacred Thread, (Random House) a memoir by Adrienne Arieff about the friendship between an Indian surrogate and an American biological mom was an Amazon bestseller, and A London Times bestseller.


As an author, Bev’s NYT bestselling series Cinematherapy sold over a half a million copies worldwide, inspired 8 sequels, was translated into 9 languages, and was a TV show in primetime on WE for 11 years.


Bev’s work regularly appears in Forbes, Fortune and Fast Company Magazine. Bev’s books have been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Miami Herald, the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Daily Oklahoman.


Finally, Luck Comes to Visit, It Doesn’t Come to Stay, a memoir by the iconic, and all around great guy and brilliant brand genius Charles Koppelman, is on hold as Charles passed away this spring. He will be greatly missed by many, including me.


Bev is a smart, insightful, empathetic and exciting collaborator who inspires her clients to reach higher, think bigger, drill down deeper, and look at the lessons of their experience with fresh eyes. Bev’s process will help you to become a better writer and storyteller. She knows how to maximize the talent of her authors, and the commercial potential of a story in ways that get noticed, attract a loyal following, and drive business.


Bev lives with her husband Jason and their notorious pugs on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Inspirational LGBTQ Non-Fiction Political Science & Current Affairs Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships True Crime
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1992 — Present

I create great books that can support an ecosystem, including speeches, workshops, classes and products

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Rebecca R.

Rebecca R.

Sep, 2023

Bev transformed my manuscript. She took me up to the 40,000 foot level for a clear view of the concept and gave insightful advice and prompts, which forced me out of a more pedantic approach to using my true voice. A consulate professional with an ability to pull out the best of a writer.
Jo W.

Jo W.

Jan, 2023

What started out as an edit of my manuscript, has now blossomed into a much better product. This is all thanks to Bev. I was "in the weeds," and had forgotten the many great stories I had pushed aside in my brain. Bev drew these stories out, and now my first book is on it's way, in a much more interesting direction. She has a knack of sparking that fire in your belly to get the right words on a...
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Evan D.

Evan D.

Oct, 2022

Bev is amazing to work with. She has an incredible understanding of what it takes to develop a successful manuscript. She has a no-nonsense way of drawing the story out of my mind in a way that connects with the reader. We will definitely be working together again!
William A.

William A.

Dec, 2021

Bev, was very professional and understood my needs. She is a joy to work with and would recommend her to anyone who needs help with their book. She’s tough, but honest with a wealth of knowledge. A
Jenny E.

Jenny E.

Sep, 2021

Bev is a deep industry expert who is an expert at bringing voices to the market and building brands. Nothing about her service was cookie cutter and I couldn't have imagined a more skilled, knowledgeable, and sage partner to guide me through this journey. Her connections are strong and ideas are unique. Thanks Bev for being an amazing partner!

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