Michele Rubin

Michele Rubin - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

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.
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Executive Senior Agent

Writers House
January, 1991 – April, 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Farm Story: Coming Out of Indiana

Eddie Casson

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 their place here and there, but boys were expected to be boys and excel at traditional masculine pursuits. Despite always feeling somehow... 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 their place here and there, but boys were expected to be boys and excel at traditional masculine pursuits. Despite always feeling somehow... read more

Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War

Elizabeth Hoffman

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. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, to Lond... 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. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, to Lond... read more

Becoming Michelangelo: Apprenticing to the Master, and Discovering the Artist through His Drawings

Alan Pascuzzi

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, the product of “divine” genius—a myth that Michelangelo himself promoted by way of cementing his legacy. But the young Michelangelo studi... 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, the product of “divine” genius—a myth that Michelangelo himself promoted by way of cementing his legacy. But the young Michelangelo studi... read more

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson Series Book 1)

Tommy Greenwald

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 his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep... 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 his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep... read more

Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene's Cold War Spy Novel

Christopher Hull

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, the British author made an unplanned visit to Havana and discovered that “every vice was permissible and every trade possible” in a Caribb... 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, the British author made an unplanned visit to Havana and discovered that “every vice was permissible and every trade possible” in a Caribb... read more

A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

Lev Golinkin

"[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 twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, ... 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 twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, ... read more

Searching for Lottie

Susan Ross

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-year-old Charlie to the truth about her great-aunt Lottie in this intriguing, intergenerational mystery. Charlie, a budding violinist, d... 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-year-old Charlie to the truth about her great-aunt Lottie in this intriguing, intergenerational mystery. Charlie, a budding violinist, d... read more

Death and the Courtesan (An Arabella Beaumont Mystery Book 1)

Pamela Christie

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 woman of pleasure. True, respectable ladies of the ton would never deign to call at Lustings, her delightful home. Then again, Arabella... 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 woman of pleasure. True, respectable ladies of the ton would never deign to call at Lustings, her delightful home. Then again, Arabella... read more

Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to a More Focused and Quiet Mind

Arnie Kozak

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, resulting in lower stress levels, less frustration, fewer sick days, and less burnout. Health centers at universities are getting in on t... 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, resulting in lower stress levels, less frustration, fewer sick days, and less burnout. Health centers at universities are getting in on t... read more

All Our Pretty Songs: A Novel (The Metamorphoses Trilogy Book 1)

Sarah McCarry

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 is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between... read more

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 is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between... read more

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