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Michele Matrisciani

Michele Matrisciani - Editor

New York, NY, United States

New York Times bestselling editor and published author specializing in memoir, self-help, health & fitness, and spirituality.

Overview

My vast industry experience uniquely positions me as a valuable content/developmental editor. From acquiring books for several New York publishing houses to acting as editorial director of a mid-size nonfiction program to selling books to editors as a literary agent, I have had the opportunity to play a role in all departments of publishing. My differentiator is the extensive sales experience I have had in publishing: writing winning book proposals and pitching books to book buyers, producers, and publishers. When it comes to publishing, I have a 360-degree lens and am able to combine my sales experience with skillful development of content so it becomes not only creative, but commercially viable and competitive.
Further, I am a New York Times bestselling editor as well as a ghostwriter, collaborator, and published author in the nonfiction categories of memoir, self-help/psychology, health and fitness, parenting, lifestyles, pop culture, business self-help, motivational, and spirituality. My freelance roster includes books published by Hay House, HarperCollins, Rodale, St. Martin's Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Career Press.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & wellbeing Music Nature Parenting & Families Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Founder/Editorial Specialist

Michele Matrisciani is self-employed

July, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

Collaboration, ghostwriting, developmental editing, proposal writing, coaching, and consultations in the areas of memoir, addictions/recovery, self-help, health and fitness, pop culture, music, lifestyles, business, psychology, medicine, parenting, humor, and current affairs.

Editorial Director

HCI Books

March, 2006 – July, 2011 (over 5 years)

• Managed editorial department comprised of 2 editors and 1 managing editor, and one assistant to produce 40 to 50 titles per year
• Developed goals, strategies, and objectives for expanding core categories and increasing the number of books published
• Presented lists to Canadian distributor and make sales calls to key accounts and independent reps (four times a year)
• Negotiated contracts, oversee catalogue, write jacket copy, work closely with production department to reinvent packaging and interior designs, conceptualize and approve covers
• Performed various marketing functions and oversee marketing decisions, including positioning, packaging, scheduling, prioritizing, approving marketing plans and budgets
• Developed and edited 15 books per year
• Implemented new systems: Wrote an industry-standard publishing agreement; created a managing editor position; implemented editorial board; subscribed to Bookscan; redesigned catalogue and back and front covers; improved paper quality; attracted author diversity; created the first reality-based romance series (RB Romance™) called VOWS, which will launch in October 2010
• Collaborated with Chicken Soup for the Soul editorial department

Acquisitions Editor

McGraw-Hill Trade

January, 2000 – February, 2006 (about 6 years)

• Signed 18 new contracts a year in the non-fiction categories of health, self-help/psychology, diet/fitness, and parenting
• Oversaw all editorial and production issues for 22 books per year
• Brainstormed new title ideas; conceptualized content; negotiated contracts; established fruitful relationships with top agents; developed and edited manuscripts; directed author efforts; prepared relevant supporting materials; revised titles in the health backlist; actively worked with marketing managers

Assistant Editor

Hyperion

July, 1999 – January, 2001 (over 1 year)

• Provided editorial support to Leigh Haber, executive editor; overseeing projects from acquisitions to bound book
• Read fiction and non-fiction submissions from literary agents and recommended them for acquisition
• Served as liaison to authors, agents, and publicists
• Wrote readers’ reports, rejection letters, and deal memos
• Ran P&Ls and contract requests

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too

Jenni Schaefer

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders "If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, this is the book to read."—Dr. Phil Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long aff... read more

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders "If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, this is the book to read."—Dr. Phil Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long aff... read more

In Bed with the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story

Raymond M. Sheehan, Jennifer Sheehan Joyce

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