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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

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (over 6 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

Portfolio (15 selected works)

WHOLE: How I Learned to Fill the Fragments of My Life with Forgiveness, Hope, Strength, and Creativity

Melissa Moore, Michele Matrisciani

A five-point plan to usher you through heartache and toward a stronger, healthier place.“I know how to kill someone and get away with it.” The words spoken by her father when Melissa was a teen haunt her to this day. Two years later, after confessing that he was the serial killer nationally known as the Happy Face Killer, Keith Jesperson was arrested for the murder of eight women. The pain, gu... read more

A five-point plan to usher you through heartache and toward a stronger, healthier place.“I know how to kill someone and get away with it.” The words spoken by her father when Melissa was a teen haunt her to this day. Two years later, after confessing that he was the serial killer nationally known as the Happy Face Killer, Keith Jesperson was arrested for the murder of eight women. The pain, gu... read more

Drop the Act, It's Exhausting!: Free Yourself from Your So-Called Put-Together Life

Beth Thomas Cohen

Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! is one woman’s call to all women to embrace the imperfections in their lives and to air their “improper” thoughts about relationships, love, sex, parenting, careers, self-esteem, and self-image. By no longer being ashamed or apologetic about how they "really feel,” women will become more aware of who they are and more accepting of themselves and one another. With... read more

Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! is one woman’s call to all women to embrace the imperfections in their lives and to air their “improper” thoughts about relationships, love, sex, parenting, careers, self-esteem, and self-image. By no longer being ashamed or apologetic about how they "really feel,” women will become more aware of who they are and more accepting of themselves and one another. With... read more

The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson

Michael Bush

The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image.Through his music, dance, and fashion, Michael Jackson created a mystique that was unique to him and recognized as such throughout the world. For five decades he... read more

The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image.Through his music, dance, and fashion, Michael Jackson created a mystique that was unique to him and recognized as such throughout the world. For five decades he... read more

The Profit of Kindness: How to Influence Others, Establish Trust, and Build Lasting Business Relationships

Jill Lublin

When kindness becomes your primary goal, everything changes: how you look at life, what you get from it, and how others interact with and relate to you.The Profit of Kindness will help you master the art of building trusting, long-lasting relationships through open, nonadversarial interchanges that result in mutually beneficial outcomes. A basic adjustment in attitude and approach can substant... read more

When kindness becomes your primary goal, everything changes: how you look at life, what you get from it, and how others interact with and relate to you.The Profit of Kindness will help you master the art of building trusting, long-lasting relationships through open, nonadversarial interchanges that result in mutually beneficial outcomes. A basic adjustment in attitude and approach can substant... read more

Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Leeza Gibbons

If life is an epic saga, who is writing your narrative? Is the plot unfolding as you imagined? Whether you find yourself trudging along in boredom or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of overcommitment, you can still take creative control and declare that it’s Your Life, Your Rules. This is a book about rebooting your story at any point. It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting s... read more

If life is an epic saga, who is writing your narrative? Is the plot unfolding as you imagined? Whether you find yourself trudging along in boredom or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of overcommitment, you can still take creative control and declare that it’s Your Life, Your Rules. This is a book about rebooting your story at any point. It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting s... read more

What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know About Your Money

Liz Davidson

A highly readable personal finance book that translates financial jargon and enables readers to ask the tough questions to protect their money and their financial well-being In today’s unsettled financial markets, where most pension plans died out with the twentieth century and where no one’s certain of the future of Social Security, hardworking people turn to financial advisors to guide them ... read more

A highly readable personal finance book that translates financial jargon and enables readers to ask the tough questions to protect their money and their financial well-being In today’s unsettled financial markets, where most pension plans died out with the twentieth century and where no one’s certain of the future of Social Security, hardworking people turn to financial advisors to guide them ... read more

Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Notorious Jail

Mary E. Buser

Winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Non-FictionMary Buser began her career at Rikers Island as a social work intern, brimming with ideas and eager to help incarcerated women find a better path. Her reassignment to a men's jail coincided with the dawn of the city's "stop-and-frisk" policy, a flood of unprecedented arrests, and the biggest jailhouse build-up in New York City hi... read more

Winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Non-FictionMary Buser began her career at Rikers Island as a social work intern, brimming with ideas and eager to help incarcerated women find a better path. Her reassignment to a men's jail coincided with the dawn of the city's "stop-and-frisk" policy, a flood of unprecedented arrests, and the biggest jailhouse build-up in New York City hi... read more

Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

Questlove

From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text... read more

From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text... read more

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (NTC Self-Help)

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

Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know

Mary Jo Buttafuoco

"I think, every once in a while, about the life I should be living, the one I fully expected to be enjoying right about now. In the life I was supposed to have, my husband and I would be admiring the view from our waterfront home in the town where we were both born and raised. Good friends and neighbors would be next door, up the street, and all over the neighborhood. Our parents would live on... read more

"I think, every once in a while, about the life I should be living, the one I fully expected to be enjoying right about now. In the life I was supposed to have, my husband and I would be admiring the view from our waterfront home in the town where we were both born and raised. Good friends and neighbors would be next door, up the street, and all over the neighborhood. Our parents would live on... read more

Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

Jack Canfield, D.D. Watkins

Long before co-creating the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield was already teaching the ancient principles of the Law of Attraction. Canfield has been consciously living in harmony with this universal law for more than thirty years, and his personal success is a testament to its power. Now, in Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction, he shares his knowledge... read more

Long before co-creating the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield was already teaching the ancient principles of the Law of Attraction. Canfield has been consciously living in harmony with this universal law for more than thirty years, and his personal success is a testament to its power. Now, in Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction, he shares his knowledge... read more

Pour Me Some Wine: A Toast to the Mama Sisterhood!

Trina Epp, Leah Speer

Pour Me Some Whine/Wine will be the first wine pairing book for moms. Each of the 80 stories has a “reason” for moms to pour that glass tonight. The stories are arranged by 6 emotions in motherhood, and each story also has a witty wine pairing that contains a metaphor or something quirky to tie into the story itself. It is an uplifting book that cheerleads and supports moms.

Pour Me Some Whine/Wine will be the first wine pairing book for moms. Each of the 80 stories has a “reason” for moms to pour that glass tonight. The stories are arranged by 6 emotions in motherhood, and each story also has a witty wine pairing that contains a metaphor or something quirky to tie into the story itself. It is an uplifting book that cheerleads and supports moms.

Naked Calories: Discover How Micronutrients Can Maximize Weight Lose, Prevent Dosease and Enhance Your Life

Mira Calton, Jayson Calton

Naked Calories reveals the naked truth about what you are eating and how your lifestyle habits may unknowingly be sabotaging your health. The secret lies in micronutrients, vitamins and minerals that are being stripped from your diet and depleted by your lifestyle. On the Caltons' six-year global research expedition they discovered that modern practices such as global food distribution, factor... read more

Naked Calories reveals the naked truth about what you are eating and how your lifestyle habits may unknowingly be sabotaging your health. The secret lies in micronutrients, vitamins and minerals that are being stripped from your diet and depleted by your lifestyle. On the Caltons' six-year global research expedition they discovered that modern practices such as global food distribution, factor... read more

In Bed with the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story

Raymond M. Sheehan, Jennifer Sheehan Joyce

In Bed with the Badge is this generation's Burning Bed. Ms. Joyce and her brother, Raymond, tell the bloodcurdling story of how their father, Ray Sheehan, a retired NYPD detective, turned wife-beating into an art form by utilizing the very tactics he was taught in the police force. In a terrifying moment of kill or be killed, the authors' mother, Barbara Sheehan, shot her husband with his own ... read more

In Bed with the Badge is this generation's Burning Bed. Ms. Joyce and her brother, Raymond, tell the bloodcurdling story of how their father, Ray Sheehan, a retired NYPD detective, turned wife-beating into an art form by utilizing the very tactics he was taught in the police force. In a terrifying moment of kill or be killed, the authors' mother, Barbara Sheehan, shot her husband with his own ... read more

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