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Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel - Editor

Hoboken, NJ, United States

Fast, meticulous, experienced editor specializing in narrative nonfiction and fiction. Let me help you bring your book to life!

Overview

I'm an editor with more than 30 years of experience, working with writers at all levels, from beginners to National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. I'm also the author of four critically acclaimed books. I understand the process from the inside, and I love working with writers! I'm here to help you tell the story that only you can tell.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Literature Short Story Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement

Awards

  • Two National Magazine Awards

Work experience

Editor-in-Chief

The Literarian

December, 2010 – January, 2014 (about 3 years)

Launched and edited a literary magazine for the Center for Fiction in New York, working with a wide variety of well-established and debut authors.

Books Editor

Reader's Digest

February, 2010 – November, 2014 (over 4 years)

Assessing, acquiring, editing and shaping substantial book excerpts for Reader's Digest magazine, covering the full book market, and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace. In this position, I also acquired and edited original content, working with everyone from Pulitzer Prize winners to novices.

Editor-at-Large

More Magazine

December, 2006 – February, 2010 (about 3 years)

Acquired and edited articles and book excerpts and covered the whole book market for a mass circulation women's magazines with one-million plus circulation.

Executive Articles Editor

O, The Oprah Magazine

October, 1999 – November, 2006 (about 7 years)

Helped launch the magazine and create its architecture. Extensively acquired and edited articles and book excerpts for seven years.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Nest. Flight. Sky.: On love and loss, one wing at a time

Beth Kephart

In Nest. Flight. Sky: On Love and Loss, One Wing at a Time, award-winning memoirist Beth Kephart returns to the form for the first time in years to reckon with the loss of her mother and a slow-growing but soon inescapable obsession with birds and flight. Kephart finds herself drawn to the startle of the winter finch, the quick pulse of hummingbirds, and the hungry circling of hawks. She disco... read more

In Nest. Flight. Sky: On Love and Loss, One Wing at a Time, award-winning memoirist Beth Kephart returns to the form for the first time in years to reckon with the loss of her mother and a slow-growing but soon inescapable obsession with birds and flight. Kephart finds herself drawn to the startle of the winter finch, the quick pulse of hummingbirds, and the hungry circling of hawks. She disco... read more

On the Whole: A story of mothering and disability

Ona Gritz

Ona Gritz has had cerebral palsy all her life, but until she gave birth to her son, she didn’t really understand what it meant to be disabled. Her cerebral palsy affects her coordination and balance but not enough to have ever truly hindered her. “For the most part, I considered my disability a cosmetic issue,” she tells us in On the Whole. “Just how obvious is it? Do people see me as pretty d... read more

Ona Gritz has had cerebral palsy all her life, but until she gave birth to her son, she didn’t really understand what it meant to be disabled. Her cerebral palsy affects her coordination and balance but not enough to have ever truly hindered her. “For the most part, I considered my disability a cosmetic issue,” she tells us in On the Whole. “Just how obvious is it? Do people see me as pretty d... read more

The End of the World as We Know It: Essays about motherhood

Marion Winik

Winner of Child magazine’s Book of the Year award for her hilarious and candid book on single motherhood, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Marion Winik returns to the topic of parenting in these nine essays. Beginning with the story of her second wedding and her move to rural Pennsylvania, she covers everything from blending families and having a child in one’s 40s to dealing with the legal problems ... read more

Winner of Child magazine’s Book of the Year award for her hilarious and candid book on single motherhood, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Marion Winik returns to the topic of parenting in these nine essays. Beginning with the story of her second wedding and her move to rural Pennsylvania, she covers everything from blending families and having a child in one’s 40s to dealing with the legal problems ... read more

Guesswork: Essays on forgetting and remembering who we are

Marion Winik

Funny, thought-provoking, and always entertaining, personal essayist Marion Winik is known for decades of storytelling on NPR and the stunning memoir First Comes Love. Memory and identity are the focus of this new collection, Guesswork, drawn from a column that has won “Best of Baltimore” from Baltimore magazine several years running. “The Things They Googled” looks at how search engines have ... read more

Funny, thought-provoking, and always entertaining, personal essayist Marion Winik is known for decades of storytelling on NPR and the stunning memoir First Comes Love. Memory and identity are the focus of this new collection, Guesswork, drawn from a column that has won “Best of Baltimore” from Baltimore magazine several years running. “The Things They Googled” looks at how search engines have ... read more

Model Behavior: Friends for life

Susannah Bianchi

Camille, Rosanna, and Joanne are three former models who’ve been the best of friends since their runway days. They may have gained a little cellulite, but they’ve also packed on a whole lot of wit and savvy. Their Sex and the City–like escapades in Manhattan’s high-end hotel bars, their heartbreaks and delicious revenge schemes, and their spot-on observations about everything from nips and tuc... read more

Camille, Rosanna, and Joanne are three former models who’ve been the best of friends since their runway days. They may have gained a little cellulite, but they’ve also packed on a whole lot of wit and savvy. Their Sex and the City–like escapades in Manhattan’s high-end hotel bars, their heartbreaks and delicious revenge schemes, and their spot-on observations about everything from nips and tuc... read more

Devil Doll: A friendship gone awry

Bonnie Friedman

Two young Americans meet en route to studying in Spain and forge an unusually close friendship. Once back in the United States, one of the women, who is married, invites the younger to come live with her and her husband. Over time a ménage à trois develops. But that isn’t what causes the ultimate rift in the friendship. Something deeper and more insidious had been at work from the very beginni... read more

Two young Americans meet en route to studying in Spain and forge an unusually close friendship. Once back in the United States, one of the women, who is married, invites the younger to come live with her and her husband. Over time a ménage à trois develops. But that isn’t what causes the ultimate rift in the friendship. Something deeper and more insidious had been at work from the very beginni... read more

Loreena's Gift

Colleen M. Story

A BLIND GIRL'S TERRIFYING "GIFT" ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT--BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she's a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.But they're both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the t... read more

A BLIND GIRL'S TERRIFYING "GIFT" ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT--BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she's a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.But they're both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the t... read more

Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir

Carole Firstman

In her debut memoir, Carole Firstman traces her strained relationship with her eccentric and distant father, a gifted biology professor whose research on scorpions may have contributed to the evolutionary theories of Stephen Jay Gould. Through unexpected forms—from footnotes and diagrams to startling love letters and Saturday morning cartoons—Firstman struggles to reconnect with her estranged ... read more

In her debut memoir, Carole Firstman traces her strained relationship with her eccentric and distant father, a gifted biology professor whose research on scorpions may have contributed to the evolutionary theories of Stephen Jay Gould. Through unexpected forms—from footnotes and diagrams to startling love letters and Saturday morning cartoons—Firstman struggles to reconnect with her estranged ... read more

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