Michele Rubin

Michele Rubin – Editor

I am a former executive literary agent turned full-time editor, writer, book doctor, and consultant with expertise across all genres.


Visionary editor, writer, and communications expert with extensive experience creating, developing, and editing books from initial concept to intensive whole manuscript line editing. Specific expertise in middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, adult historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, mystery, upmarket women's fiction, history, andmemoir. Expertise in creating consumer-ready material, promotional outreach material, and sales material for institutions and organizations. Writing teacher and workshop leader.Deep knowledge of modern publishing industry. Expert in ghostwriting, developing strategic publishing marketing initiatives, and author development.
Biographies & Memoirs History
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Women's Fiction Young Adult

Work experience

Writers House

Jan, 1991 — Apr, 2013 (about 22 years)

Long-time literary agent specializing in fiction and non-fiction, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. I was the Literary Agent for the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. and founded the King Legacy Imprint at Beacon Press. I work as an editor, book doctor, ghost writer on projects ranging from historical fiction to mysteries to all kinds of narrative non-fiction, including progressive Christian materials. I have a specialty in middle grade and young adult, narrative non-fiction, historical fiction, and memoir. I also write marketing and development materials for non-profits, as well as school curriculum for ELA and Social Studies programs, inclusive of Common Core Standards. I do one-to-one workshopping and developmental editing with authors, as well as full content and intensive line editing.


This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You'll see…In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them ... read more
Mindfulness—focusing on the present moment while accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations—is growing in popularity. You can find apps, online courses, and articles on the subject. Businesses like Google are incorporating the practice at work, r... read more
Pamela Christie's sparkling historical mystery goes beyond the modest drawing rooms of Regency London in the company of the city's most esteemed and scandalous courtesan. . .Since the age of sixteen, Arabella Beaumont has been happily employed as a highly paid... read more
Lottie, a talented violinist, disappeared during the Holocaust. Can her grand-niece, Charlie, discover what happened?A long-lost cousin, a mysterious locket, a visit to Nana Rose in Florida, a diary written in German, and a very special violin all lead twelve-... read more
"[A] hilarious and heartbreaking story of a Jewish family’s escape from oppression."--The New York TimesA compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twil... read more
Exploring the backstory that led to the writing of Graham Greene's beloved satirical spy novel, Our Man Down in Havana evokes this pivotal time and place in the author's life.When U.S. immigration authorities deported Graham Greene from Puerto Rico in 1954, th... read more
Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when ... read more
Michelangelo’s developing genius is revealed as never before by the man who became Michelangelo’s last apprentice— an American artist and art historian whose family helped carve Mount Rushmore. Many believe Michelangelo's talent was miraculous and untrained, t... read more
Originally published as In the Lion’s DenWinner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction 1861: The war that’s been brewing for a decade has exploded, pitting North against South. F... read more
Eddie Casson grew up on a farm in a small Indiana town where church, family, and identity were the unchanging signposts of an acceptable life. Conventionality was more than just expected – it was the highest form of success. Art, music, and movies might have t... read more

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