I founded my own company, which offers services in developmental editing, line editing, and ghostwriting manuscripts as well as writing book proposals.
• Responsible for growing the skirt! and Lyon’s Press imprints, acquiring 15-20 books per year in the following core categories: health, self-help/psychology, parenting, cooking, and memoir.
• Cultivated relationships and negotiated deals with numerous literary agents.
• Developmentally edited all books, establishing meaningful connections with authors; wrote cover and catalogue copy.
• Presented titles to marketing, sales, and publicity departments at pub board and pre-sales meetings.
• Worked closely and collaboratively with colleagues in other departments, regarding the strategy for covers and interior designs, as well as book production schedules and budgets.
• Actively pursued forewords and endorsements for books.
• Handled advertising for major book publishing accounts, serving as liaison between clients and agency; attended regular meetings with clients to discuss ad status reports and season launches.
• Advised clients on appropriate media venues (print, radio, online) for each book title, according to client budgets, and created media schedules for client approval.
• Developed ad strategies with clients for each campaign and communicated those strategies to the agency creative team; ensured that campaigns met clients’ objectives and style sheets.
• Worked on high-profile campaigns, including bestselling authors Dean Koontz and Deepak Chopra.
• Supervised the transition of approximately 50 books from the Golden Books Adult Division to St. Martin’s Press during/after sale of imprint.
• Completed final edits on all books under contract; acquired new books in nonfiction parenting and self-help categories.
• Launched books to sales, marketing, and publicity for each publishing season, writing tip sheets, catalogue copy, and audio presentations.
• Trained and managed two editorial assistants who reported directly to me.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTLyrical and gritty, this authentic coming-of-age story about a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas, insightfully illuminates a little-understood corner of America.Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving, in a Texas... read more
A modern look at the life of a legendary fashion icon―with practical life lessons for women of all ages Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel's philosophy on a range of universal themes―from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your ow... read more
Out of the 100 million women—almost 11 million in the United States alone—who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health conse... read more
Narcissism is a modern epidemic, and it’s spreading rapidly. But how do you know if you are in a relationship with one—and, what can you do about it? We live in a world of romance and rescue, where many believe love will conquer all, and that the more we endure unacceptable behavior, the more likely that we can “fix” our relationships. It doesn’t always work that way—despite what the fairy tal... read more
Tara Mackey is a human behavior expert with a tribe of over 1 million readers of her blog, The Organic Life and her social media. In WILD Habits, this award-winning CEO and biologist brings you transformational healing techniques, showing you how to achieve complete body and mind restoration, by using her highly developed four-step WILD Method. Do you ever feel dissatisfied with your life or s... read more
The Power of Pasta is a beautifully illustrated four-color book by celebrity chef Bruno Serato. It is part memoir, part cookbook, and, above all, a work of advocacy on behalf of children and families facing poverty and homelessness as the founder of Caterina’s Club that feeds thousands of hungry children every day in Orange County.
During the spring of my fourteenth year, I ran away from home. On a cold night in early February, I disappeared into a Kansas snowstorm. My family lived outside Kansas City. For much of our time together, Dad preached at Edwardsville Christian Church. We lived in the parsonage, a two-bedroom box just south of the railroad tracks separating the white and black parts of town. As the Civil Rights... read more
In the late 1970's, in a gritty N.J. town, an adolescent girl is unwittingly handed a one-way ticket by her mother to allegedly "visit" her estranged father in Florida. Young and vulnerable, Lockey Maisonnueve has no idea she is being abandoned and sent to live with a vile and dangerous pedophile who would spend the next several years violently raping, abusing and mercilessly selling his daugh... read more
In Heal Your Pain Now, Dr. Joe Tatta teaches you how to regain control of your life by breaking the cycle of persistent pain. Following Dr. Tatta's program, you learn the role of the brain in pain--and how to use your brain to STOP your pain; how nutrition can eliminate the inflammation in your body, which is exacerbating your pain; and how to overcome Sedentary Syndrome and choose the best mo... read more
“This book is a must-read for anyone struggling to heal.…” - Diane Sanfilippo, New York Times bestselling author of Practical PaleoHow can we make our life work for us instead of against us? Can the entire nature of disease actually be a gift? Can joy and abundance be yours in unlimited amounts— despite the presence of illness? What is the role of forgiveness and held beliefs in relation to di... read more
The 7 Secrets To A Happier Life provides valuable information based on Positive Psychology research showing that happiness is something that can be taught and learned by most people. The book has a full system based on the Positive Psychology findings investigated by researchers at Harvard University and other prestigious American academic institutions that can help individuals to live and enj... read more
Many of us have dog-eared copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in our kitchens or fondly remember watching episodes of The French Chef, but what was behind the enormous appeal of this ungainly, unlikely woman, who became a superstar in midlife and changed our approach to food and cooking forever? In the spirit of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, Jul... read more
Most people associate Georgia O’Keeffe with New Mexico, painted cow skulls, and her flower paintings. She was revered for so long—born in 1887, died at age ninety-eight in 1986—that we forget how young, restless, passionate, searching, striking, even fearful she once was—a dazzling, mysterious female force in bohemian New York City during its heyday. In this distinctive book, Karen Karbo crack... read more
You Are WHY You Eat teaches readers to take back control in their lives. Dr. Ramani takes a fresh, brave, and edgy approach to self-help. She teaches you to unearth that inner voice, and let it be heard. She turns all of your childhood teachings upside down and forces you to take responsibility for your choices in life. Through real-life anecdotes and exercises, she gives you the tools you nee... read more
Most women who are dieting do not realize that PMS and weight gain are connected—and that to really lose weight, increase energy, and feel better they need to consider their monthly cycle. Now The 28 Days Lighter Diet teaches women how to embrace their monthly cycle and follow its guidance so that they know when to push themselves, when to treat themselves to some well-earned rest, and how to ... read more
In Life Tuneups, Loren Slocum empowers and reminds all women―single, married, working, with or without kids―to recognize their unique gifts, celebrate their inner beauty, and take care of themselves as they juggle the myriad facets of their lives. She insists that when a woman is true to herself, she really can have it all―that she can wake up each day feeling motivated, energized, inspired, a... read more
Pat Byrnes worked at home and made his own hours. His wife’s job (Illinois Attorney General) was not so flexible. So when the first baby came, he naively volunteered to go where few men have gone before and stay home with the kids. On one condition. He wouldn’t be called Mr. Mom, but . . . Captain Dad. Byrnes has collected his insights in the first book about stay-at-home fatherhood by a profe... read more
These days it seems everyone has a youth sports horror story—whether it’s about a tyrant coach obsessed with his team record that only plays the best kids on the team, or a parent who publicly berates his kid for not making a goal. But should it really only be all about winning? What about having fun, learning a sport, and developing athletic skills? Beyond Winning with Whole Child Sports offe... read more
Stacy Keach is known for movie roles like Fat City and American History X and the television series Titus, and of course Mike Hammer, but he's also revered in the industry as a serious actor who's passionate about his craft. In his long, impressive career, he has been hailed as America's finest classical stage actor, earning acclaim for his portrayals of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, and King ... read more
A New York Times Bestseller!Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water . . . two feet too far from the deep end. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck... read more
Even hardcore music fans don’t know the name Ron Weisner . . . but they should. A high-powered manager for over four decades, Ron worked alongside Madonna, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, and, most notably, Michael Jackson. He saw the King of Pop through his game-changing multi-platinum albums Thriller and Off the Wall. He watched M.J.'s prickly fat... read more
Breeding in Captivity takes us on Stacy Bolt’s journey to have a child at "advanced maternal age," first with the help of a Really Expensive fertility specialist, and then ultimately through a local adoption agency. But this isn’t your typical serious memoir about struggling with infertility; it’s an entertaining, witty read that perfectly balances humor with its more poignant moments. Breedin... read more
Marquez provides a powerful portrait of Haiti—both its beauty and pathos—while also telling a tender, emotional story about the lifelong bond she created with an extraordinary young boy.
As a child, Patricia Velasquez watched her mother struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table for their large family. In her unprivileged community in Venezuela, food and water were scarce. It pained her to see her mother work so hard, often denying herself food or clothing for the sake of her six children, and Patricia was determined to escape this impoverished life. Straight Walk is... read more
Griefland. It’s a place no one wants to visit—a place without borders where language is inadequate and pain is constant. It’s a place where every morning one awakens to the stark reality that a loved one will never be seen, heard—or embraced—again. This is a place that Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller know all too well, for when they met, both of them had lost a child—a son, Alex, and a daughter, ... read more
In 2000, Peach Friedman, a college senior freshly broken up from her boyfriend, set out to beat the blues by beating herself into shape. Running ten miles a day and taking in as little as 800 calories, she fell from 146 pounds to 100 in three months and was at serious risk of cardiac arrest. What Friedman suffered from was exercise bulimia―a newly diagnosed and rapidly spreading eating disorde... read more
Brian Boitano has traveled all over the world for skating competitions, and he is fascinated with other cultures and their cuisine. He now finds the same deep fulfillment in cooking and entertaining that he once found in skating. His adventures abroad influence his own style of cooking, as does his Italian heritage, where great food has always been a key part of any gathering. Some of Boitano’... read more
If you want to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor but are so busy that you often find yourself resorting to take-out or packaged convenience foods, this book is for you! Chef Jason Roberts shows how eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods can fuel our bodies and minds—and still excite our palates!
The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook outlines entrees, sides, and desserts that hark back to simpler times.This book brings such time-honored foods and flavors back into the lives of those with the most common food allergies and sensitivities--those with celiac disease or lactose and/or soy intolerance, and those following a gluten-free or casein-free diet, as well as those allergi... read more
When someone says they live in a small house or apartment, the image that comes to mind is all too often negative—cramped, cluttered, or confining. But America’s leading small space designer, Libby Langdon, knows just how to counter that stereotype. In Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, she finally offers a practical, user-friendly guide to decorating small spaces so they look stylish, bea... read more
Carter Oosterhouse knows how real people live and how intimidating home design can be. With his reassuring, “you can do it” attitude, he goes out of his way to show readers how to create realistic design elements that they can implement with basic tools and a little DIY experience. His mission is to bring people’s imaginations to life. The design features he constructs use materials easily fou... read more
Almost two million people from across the United States and around the world have come through the museum galleries of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center since it opened in September 2006 right across the street from the World Trade Center site. Many of these visitors have written their poignant reflections about the impact of September 11th on visitor cards that are collected in the Center’s fina... read more
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I'm a freelance editor and collaborator who worked at HarperCollins Publishers for nine years before going freelance. Non-fiction only.
Experienced nonfiction editor, second-set-of-eyes, and perfectionist with a tendency to over-explain seeks manuscripts and authors.