Linda Carbone

Linda Carbone - Editor

Milford, CT, USA

A seasoned nonfiction book doctor. I have been called a miracle worker, a therapist, and someone who makes dreams come true.

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Overview

I'm a nonfiction book editor with decades of experience getting manuscripts into publishable shape. I also write/edit book proposals.

Some testimonials:

"Linda Carbone is the best of the best in editing. I worked with her for years when I was editorial director of Basic Books, and she works her magic on manuscripts no matter what they need: line editing, conceptual reorganization, cutting, revision. There is no one better, smarter, kinder, or more helpful to the struggling author."

— Susan Rabiner, former editorial director of Basic Books, co-author of 'Thinking Like Your Editor,' head of Susan Rabiner Literary Agency, Inc.

"Linda Carbone, my editor, is more of a therapist than I am: She helps the person see their faults, points out where things can be improved, and leads them to make necessary changes. She brings order to the chaos, method to the madness, and endless expert guidance. I think she might be a genius."
— Pamela Milam, 'What Your Therapist Thinks About You'

"I so love what you've done here. I am grateful to you for taking such good care of this precious 'baby.' I loved talking with you from our first conversation, and felt such a sense of peace knowing you were there with it (and me). I can't thank you enough for your care and sensitivity and thoughtfulness and wisdom. I hope we get to work together many more times!"
— Pam Allyn, 'Your Child's Writing Life'

"You're a fantastic editor and lovely to work with. From the start, I considered myself lucky to have found you. I embraced every revision or rewrite you suggested. You genuinely cared for my project — something that was vitally important to me. I'm so grateful for the contribution you made to my book!"
— Eva James, 'Bullied by the Boss'

"When my agent suggested that I contact Linda to help with my book proposal, I wasn’t sure. I had worked long and hard on it, and I felt it was as good as it could be. But Linda understood what was missing. Her version was sharp, clean, and to the point. And her knowledge of the publishing industry made the difference between more rejections and the book deal I was offered."
— Erik Vance, 'Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal'
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Psychology
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Awards

  • My memoir A Little Pregnant made MORE Magazine's top 10 Books on Relationships
  • Authors I have worked with have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize

Work experience

Independent Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
April, 2009 – Present (over 10 years)

I love working with first-time authors as well as veterans to make their books the best they can be.

In all nonfiction subject areas, I offer:

*Detailed manuscript critique
*Developmental editing
*Line editing
*Rewriting/book doctoring
*Proposal development

A recent rewrite made the New York Times best-seller list.

Among the authors I have worked with are psychiatrists, academics, doctors, journalists, memoirists, self-publishers, a college student, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Nobel Prize winner, and a medicine woman. When appropriate, will assist in finding an agent.

former Senior Developmental Editor

Basic Books
March, 1990 – May, 1997 (about 7 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal

Erik Vance

National Geographic's riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Journalist Erik Vance explores the surprising ways our expectations and beliefs influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. Drawin... read more

National Geographic's riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Journalist Erik Vance explores the surprising ways our expectations and beliefs influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. Drawin... read more

A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic

Marilyn Wedge

A surprising new look at the rise of ADHD in America, arguing for a better paradigm for diagnosing and treating our children In 1987, only 3 percent of American children were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. By 2000, that number jumped to 7 percent, and in 2014 the number rose to an alarming 11 percent. To combat the disorder, two thirds of these chi... read more

A surprising new look at the rise of ADHD in America, arguing for a better paradigm for diagnosing and treating our children In 1987, only 3 percent of American children were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. By 2000, that number jumped to 7 percent, and in 2014 the number rose to an alarming 11 percent. To combat the disorder, two thirds of these chi... read more

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Christopher Germer

“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avo... read more

“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avo... read more

The Bootstrapper's Bible: How to Start and Build a Business With a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money

Seth Godin

A bootstrapper himself, Godin offers "nine magic rules" and "ten commandments" along with other information to entrepreneurs interested in starting their own business. Includes many stories of successful enterprises, along with coverage of planning, financing, acting professional, and surviving on a personal basis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

A bootstrapper himself, Godin offers "nine magic rules" and "ten commandments" along with other information to entrepreneurs interested in starting their own business. Includes many stories of successful enterprises, along with coverage of planning, financing, acting professional, and surviving on a personal basis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

Paul Rosolie

For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon—a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.In the Madre de Dios—Mother of God—region of Peru, w... read more

For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon—a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.In the Madre de Dios—Mother of God—region of Peru, w... read more

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

Alice Miller

The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and pain Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided millions of readers with an answer--and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and m... read more

The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and pain Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided millions of readers with an answer--and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and m... read more

The Home: A Memoir of Growing Up in an Orphanage

Richard McKenzie

Richard McKenzie was 10 years old when he and his brother were dropped off at an orphanage in North Carolina. Their mother had committed suicide and their alcoholic and abusive father could not care for them. The Home, as everyone called it, provided the children with the stability they needed to build character and self-respect. Some were orphans, but most were victims of poverty and neglect,... read more

Richard McKenzie was 10 years old when he and his brother were dropped off at an orphanage in North Carolina. Their mother had committed suicide and their alcoholic and abusive father could not care for them. The Home, as everyone called it, provided the children with the stability they needed to build character and self-respect. Some were orphans, but most were victims of poverty and neglect,... read more

A Little Pregnant: Our Memoir of Fertility, Infertility, and a Marriage

Linda Carbone, Ed Decker

A refreshingly honest memoir of a infertility follows one couple's decade-long search to become pregnant. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

A refreshingly honest memoir of a infertility follows one couple's decade-long search to become pregnant. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life

Cami Walker

At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: Give to others for 29 days.29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life cha... read more

At age thirty-five, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: Give to others for 29 days.29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life cha... read more

How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done

Victoria Hallerman, Peter S. Albert

In this unflinchingly honest account of one couple's struggles through prostate cancer, told from the wife's point of view, Victoria Hallerman writes poignantly of the six-year journey that changed the landscape of her and her husband's lives. She and Dean had been married 33 years when he got the news and underwent treatment that included radioactive seeds and hormone therapy, with severe and... read more

In this unflinchingly honest account of one couple's struggles through prostate cancer, told from the wife's point of view, Victoria Hallerman writes poignantly of the six-year journey that changed the landscape of her and her husband's lives. She and Dean had been married 33 years when he got the news and underwent treatment that included radioactive seeds and hormone therapy, with severe and... read more

On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child With Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide

Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson, Sally Shaywitz

An indispensable guide to the special challenges faced by parents of learning-disabled children as they enter adulthood, by the author of Laughing Allegra, a leading activist and parent of an adult child with LD.In 2003 Anne Ford (great-granddaughter of Henry Ford) published Laughing Allegra, about the struggles of raising her learning-disabled daughter, and received a flood of letters from pa... read more

An indispensable guide to the special challenges faced by parents of learning-disabled children as they enter adulthood, by the author of Laughing Allegra, a leading activist and parent of an adult child with LD.In 2003 Anne Ford (great-granddaughter of Henry Ford) published Laughing Allegra, about the struggles of raising her learning-disabled daughter, and received a flood of letters from pa... read more

Reflections Of An Affirmative Action Baby

Stephen L. Carter

In a climate where whites who criticize affirmative action risk being termed racist and blacks who do the same risk charges of treason and self hatred, a frank and open discussion of racial preference is difficult to achieve. But, in the first book on racial preference written from personal experience, Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, Stephen L. Carter, Cromwell Professor of Law at Y... read more

In a climate where whites who criticize affirmative action risk being termed racist and blacks who do the same risk charges of treason and self hatred, a frank and open discussion of racial preference is difficult to achieve. But, in the first book on racial preference written from personal experience, Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, Stephen L. Carter, Cromwell Professor of Law at Y... read more

Helping Teens Who Cut, Second Edition: Using DBT® Skills to End Self-Injury

Michael Hollander

Discovering that your teen “cuts” is every parent's nightmare. Your most urgent question is: "How can I make it stop?" Tens of thousands of worried parents have turned to this authoritative guide for information and practical guidance about the growing problem of teen self-injury. Dr. Michael Hollander is a leading expert on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the most effective treatment appr... read more

Discovering that your teen “cuts” is every parent's nightmare. Your most urgent question is: "How can I make it stop?" Tens of thousands of worried parents have turned to this authoritative guide for information and practical guidance about the growing problem of teen self-injury. Dr. Michael Hollander is a leading expert on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the most effective treatment appr... read more

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