Erica Manfred

Erica Manfred - Ghostwriter

Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

Ghostwriter, memoirist, book doctor, known for her stylish writing, will tell your life story with flair and humor.

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What do divorce, dentistry and Jewish Vampires have in common? I've written about all of them, admittedly not with the same satirical flair. I'm a journalist, essayist, book author and quick study who writes about everything from health to technology to relationships to pop culture with flair and humor. My articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Atlantic, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Consumer’s Digest and many other publications.

My books both fiction and non-fiction, are also about subjects as diverse
as divorce and demons.. My column for the Senior Planet website called Aging with Geekitude helps seniors conquer their technophobia by encouraging them to laugh about it.

I'm an author of 5 books, all genres, from fiction to memoir to essay collections, published by Random House, Berkley Books and Globe Pequot Press.

I specialize in "as-told-to" ghostwriting--turning a series of interviews into a finished manuscript. I also excel at developmental editing--helping clients turn their rough manuscripts into polished books. I also write book proposals that sell, blog posts that actually get read and articles that are fun and interesting.

My sub-specialty is Jewish memoir ghostwriting. I have an extensive knowledge of Jewish history and culture which adds value to my memoirs for Jewish elders. I recently wrote a personal history for a Jewish dentist for the occasion of his 100th birthday party.

My experience at self-publishing means I can guide you through the process.

I'm also a whiz at query letters to agents and can help authors navigate the process of getting published

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Testimonials:

"I have collaborated with Erica on other author projects and I have worked with her on some of her own, over many books and years. Whether you want editing, ghostwriting, proposal writing, query help, or writing coaching - you will be glad for Erica's talent, knowledge, and experience."
Laurie Harper, Literary agent, Sebastian Agency

"Congrats on a terrific proposal!"
Joseph Veltre | Head, Books Department, The Gersh Agency

"Erica has the ability to cut through to the “heart” of a story, stripping away irrelevant details that can bog-down a narrative and bore a reader. The book proposal she compiled for me captured the attention of a major agent which eventually led to a publishing contract."
Bob Cranmer, author The Demon of Brownsville Road, published by Random House in 2014.

“This book (Macro Man) never would have happened without Erica”
Mark Fishman, at 100th birthday party of his father Leo Fishman, Macro Man, from Bytes to Bites.



Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
Psychology
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Paranormal Romance

Work experience

Freelance Writer

Self-employed
January, 1985 – Present (almost 38 years)

Contributing Writer, Senior Planet

Health and Medical Articles:,, SELF, Woman’s Day, Bottom Line/Personal, Cosmopolitan, Parenting, New Age Journal, Mother’s Today, Health Confidential, Executive Health Report, Berkeley Wellness

Personal Essays: Washington Post, New York Times,,,, Cosmopolitan, New Age Journal, Ms., Village Voice, Newsday.

Books:
• Macro Man, from Bites to Bytes, ghosted for Leo Fishman, Trimark Press, 2018.
• I’m Old So Why Aren’t I Wise; Snarky Senior in the Sunshine State, Fredonia Communications, 2018.
• The Demon of Brownsville Road, Berkeley Books, 2014 co-authored with Bob Cranmer;
• He's History You're Not; Surviving Divorce After Forty. Globe Pequot Press, 2009;
• Interview with a Jewish Vampire, Fredonia Communications, 2011;
• The Doctor’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery with Louis Flancbaum, MD, Random House 2003.

Contributing editor to Bottom Line/Personal, national self-help consumer newsletter, producing six articles a month on a wide variety of subjects for ten years, with an emphasis on health and psychology.

Blogger for Huffington Post in Divorce section.

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Ghostwriting, Editing

• Ghostwriter: Macro Man, a privately published personal history and geneaology for the family of Leo Fishman to celebrate his 100th birthday.

• Ghostwriter: The Demon of Brownsville Road, Berkeley Books, 2014

• Editorial Projects. Private clients.

Freelance Writer

Self-employed
January, 1984 – Present (almost 39 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family’s Battle with Evil in Their Home

Bob Cranmer, Erica Manfred

October 1988: Bob Cranmer buys a house in the Pittsburgh suburb he grew up in. He has no idea that his dream home is about to become his worst nightmare…The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased... read more

October 1988: Bob Cranmer buys a house in the Pittsburgh suburb he grew up in. He has no idea that his dream home is about to become his worst nightmare…The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased... read more

He's History, You're Not: Surviving Divorce After 40

Erica Manfred

She can help save divorcees lots of anguish, and lots of cash. HE’S HISTORY, YOU’RE NOT discusses how to:Avoid “kiss of death” marriage counselors to determine if reconciliation is possible. Find an affordable divorce lawyer who does not snort scornfully at the word “mediation.”Survive the first, worst, year.Deal with your adult or teen kids (who can be just as devastated as small children). G... read more

She can help save divorcees lots of anguish, and lots of cash. HE’S HISTORY, YOU’RE NOT discusses how to:Avoid “kiss of death” marriage counselors to determine if reconciliation is possible. Find an affordable divorce lawyer who does not snort scornfully at the word “mediation.”Survive the first, worst, year.Deal with your adult or teen kids (who can be just as devastated as small children). G... read more

I'm Old So Why Aren't I Wise?: Snarky Senior in the Sunshine State

Erica Manfred

"...sharp-witted, well written, and refreshingly outspoken..." -Abigail Thomas, NY Times bestselling author of Three Dog Life and What Comes Next and How to Like ItDid you ever swear you'd never end up like your parents but you did anyway? And not only that--you discovered you actually liked it? This is the mostly true story of how a cool, hip native New Yorker married the wrong man, moved to ... read more

"...sharp-witted, well written, and refreshingly outspoken..." -Abigail Thomas, NY Times bestselling author of Three Dog Life and What Comes Next and How to Like ItDid you ever swear you'd never end up like your parents but you did anyway? And not only that--you discovered you actually liked it? This is the mostly true story of how a cool, hip native New Yorker married the wrong man, moved to ... read more

Interview with a Jewish Vampire

Erica Manfred

The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expects when she signs up for JDate is to fall for a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish. Desperate to save the life of her terminally ill mother, Rhoda comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn... read more

The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expects when she signs up for JDate is to fall for a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish. Desperate to save the life of her terminally ill mother, Rhoda comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn... read more

The Doctor's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery: How to Make the Decision That Could Save Your Life

M.D. Louis Flancbaum, Deborah Flancbaum, Erica Manfred

Whether you’re already planning to have weight-loss surgery or are still trying to decide, here is what you need to know about the operation that could save your lifeIf you are considering weight-loss surgery, you are not alone. Obesity is the most common chronic disease in the U.S. today, affecting one out of every four Americans. In this indispensable resource, Dr. Louis Flancbaum, one of th... read more

Whether you’re already planning to have weight-loss surgery or are still trying to decide, here is what you need to know about the operation that could save your lifeIf you are considering weight-loss surgery, you are not alone. Obesity is the most common chronic disease in the U.S. today, affecting one out of every four Americans. In this indispensable resource, Dr. Louis Flancbaum, one of th... read more

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