Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman - Editor Tick

Macungie, PA, USA

An award-winning editor and writer who collaborates daily with the world's biggest book and magazine publishers.

Request a quote
Verified identity Lock

Overview

Reviews (2)
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
I've been writing and editing in corporate publishing for more than 20 years. To boil it down, I understand storytelling -- whether that means a 400-page fitness book, a crime thriller, or any length in any subject where you need to hook the reader. The tools may be different from book to book, but the mission is the same.

I've held senior and executive editorial positions at Random House, Penguin, Rodale Books, Men's Health magazine, and Weight Watchers. I specialize in matching editorial voice to each individual project in fiction and nonfiction. I have a lot of voices in my head and I can tap them at will.

I think the most useful editing skill I've learned is the ability to tell the difference between a smart edit and an edit for editing sake. There is a difference. All editors want to make a book or article better, but some have heavier hands than others. I strive for the smart edits -- from polishing prose to deeper concerns like what's the nature of this beast we're creating? I don't like to get in the way of an author's voice. My job is to enhance it. My goal is a clean, compelling final product.

Some other relevant experience-related items:

--I've written more than 100 celebrity magazine profiles (50+ cover stories). Yes, it can be fun to sit down with people like Hugh Jackman, LeBron James, and Anthony Hopkins, but mostly they've helped me learn how to listen so I can bring out the best in the stories they're trying to tell me.

--I've written more than a thousand book jackets. If you've ever read Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, John Sandford, and many more, my words helped you decide to buy the book. Again, let's hook the reader.

--I'm not able to list some of the biggest-selling books I've written or edited because of non-disclosure agreements. Some big-name authors don't want people to know they had help. But at one point back in the day I was the biggest-selling author on the planet (and couldn't tell anyone about it).

One last thing: What's it like to work with me? The best professional compliment anyone gave me was my former boss at Men's Health magazine when he said, "Thanks for excellence without attitude." That's what I strive for, and what I like to see in the people I work with.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Horror
Plays & Screenplays
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA in English

Work experience

Executive Editor / Content Director

Weight Watchers
December, 2014 – February, 2017 (about 2 years)

Elevated content quality across all editorial channels for Weight Watchers magazine (circ 1.2 million) and resulting in first-ever industry awards and viral media attention. Helped redefine editorial mission and voice of all WW content after plan re-launch in 2015-16

Senior Editor

Rodale Books
July, 2011 – April, 2014 (almost 3 years)

Acquire, edit, and shepherd heavily-designed books through all levels of the publishing process. Conceive, write, and edit branded books for Men’s Health and Women’s Health.

Senior Editor

Men's Health magazine
July, 2001 – May, 2006 (almost 5 years)

Responsible for the editorial voice of the largest men’s magazine in the world during a period of incredible growth and award attention. Named MH “Secret Weapon” in 2005, an in-house staff award.

Copy Chief, Advertising & Promotion

Bantam Dell / Random House
June, 1998 – June, 2001 (about 3 years)

Managed all areas of promotional and advertising copy for Bantam Dell division of Random House.

Senior Copywriter

Putnam Berkley / Penguin
December, 1993 – June, 1998 (over 4 years)

Wrote jacket and promotional copy for more than 150 titles per year across all genres -- nonfiction, plus major fiction releases in mystery, SF/fantasy, romance, and western.

Writer-Editor

Self-employed
November, 1989 – Present (over 29 years)

See Overview for details.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Exercise Cure: A Doctor's All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health and Longer Life

Jordan Metzl, Andrew Heffernan

Everyone wants to lose weight, feel better, and live longer. But what if that was just the beginning? What if readers could use specific workouts to prevent, improve, or cure what ails them?As Dr. Jordan Metzl says, "Exercise is medicine." Now he puts that philosophy--along with cutting-edge research and a motivational bedside manner--into a groundbreaking book delivering a head-to-toe list of... read more

Everyone wants to lose weight, feel better, and live longer. But what if that was just the beginning? What if readers could use specific workouts to prevent, improve, or cure what ails them?As Dr. Jordan Metzl says, "Exercise is medicine." Now he puts that philosophy--along with cutting-edge research and a motivational bedside manner--into a groundbreaking book delivering a head-to-toe list of... read more

Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security

Jean Chatzky

A powerfully simple, must-have manifesto on money with more than 90 wealth-building rules from the Today show's finance guruIn a time of great financial uncertainty, this is the book everyone must read. The bottom line: Money is simple--people make it complicated. Now, bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky has distilled this simplicity into a smart, immediate, and entertaining set o... read more

A powerfully simple, must-have manifesto on money with more than 90 wealth-building rules from the Today show's finance guruIn a time of great financial uncertainty, this is the book everyone must read. The bottom line: Money is simple--people make it complicated. Now, bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky has distilled this simplicity into a smart, immediate, and entertaining set o... read more

How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator

Bill Richardson, Kevin Bleyer

Former governor of New Mexico and US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson has engaged in high-stakes, face-to-face negotiations with Castro, Saddam, the Taliban, North Korea leaders, Slobodan Milosevic, and many other of the world's "crazy people"--and done it so well he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. Now he tells these stories--from Washington, DC to the M... read more

Former governor of New Mexico and US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson has engaged in high-stakes, face-to-face negotiations with Castro, Saddam, the Taliban, North Korea leaders, Slobodan Milosevic, and many other of the world's "crazy people"--and done it so well he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. Now he tells these stories--from Washington, DC to the M... read more

A Mosquito Over Sunset

Mike Zimmerman

“For many men, being this close to a beautiful woman they can’t touch is like being a shark trapped in a cloud of blood with nothing to eat.” So comes a twisted novel about the dark soul of Hollywood, equal parts thriller, black comedy, and revenge fantasy . . .Benjamin Bailey was a good photographer. Still is, technically. But sh*t, as they say, happens. One day Ben’s shooting celebrities for... read more

“For many men, being this close to a beautiful woman they can’t touch is like being a shark trapped in a cloud of blood with nothing to eat.” So comes a twisted novel about the dark soul of Hollywood, equal parts thriller, black comedy, and revenge fantasy . . .Benjamin Bailey was a good photographer. Still is, technically. But sh*t, as they say, happens. One day Ben’s shooting celebrities for... read more

The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition: Your completely delicious guide to eating well, looking great, and staying lean for life!

Joel Weber, Mike Zimmerman

In the aisles of the grocery store, the menus of chain restaurants, even in one's own refrigerator, confusion about how to eat right reigns: Is low-carb good or is carbo-loading the better way to go? Fat-free or sugar-free? And when did those dreaded eggs become a health food? Americans are hungrier than ever for clear-cut answers to their most perplexing food questions, but a private nutritio... read more

In the aisles of the grocery store, the menus of chain restaurants, even in one's own refrigerator, confusion about how to eat right reigns: Is low-carb good or is carbo-loading the better way to go? Fat-free or sugar-free? And when did those dreaded eggs become a health food? Americans are hungrier than ever for clear-cut answers to their most perplexing food questions, but a private nutritio... read more

Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

Andew Blackwell

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely p... read more

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely p... read more

Inches Off! Your Tummy: The Super-Simple 5-Minute Plan to Firm Up Flab & Sculpt a Flat Belly

Jorge Cruise

Jorge Cruise unleashes his new fitness and weight-loss series with one simple piece of advice: Work smarter, not harder. With his revolutionary 5-Minute Fitness Formula and 6-Day Challenge, he shatters the conventional wisdom that rapid, lasting weight loss can only be achieved through hours and hours in the gym, day after day.In Inches Off! Your Tummy, Jorge unveils the most effective exercis... read more

Jorge Cruise unleashes his new fitness and weight-loss series with one simple piece of advice: Work smarter, not harder. With his revolutionary 5-Minute Fitness Formula and 6-Day Challenge, he shatters the conventional wisdom that rapid, lasting weight loss can only be achieved through hours and hours in the gym, day after day.In Inches Off! Your Tummy, Jorge unveils the most effective exercis... read more

Where the Sun Don't Shine

Mike Zimmerman

In 1969, an underground mine fire lit the fuse on a Pennsylvania town.Thirty years later, the few who remain in this desolate, lawless place will discover something there worth a fight...Gunther Gott is a dive bartender at the last business operating in town. He has few friends. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t exactly second the emotion. He’s accomplished nothing in this life except how t... read more

In 1969, an underground mine fire lit the fuse on a Pennsylvania town.Thirty years later, the few who remain in this desolate, lawless place will discover something there worth a fight...Gunther Gott is a dive bartender at the last business operating in town. He has few friends. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t exactly second the emotion. He’s accomplished nothing in this life except how t... read more

The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 doctor-approved health fixes & injury-prevention secrets for a leaner, fitter, more athletic body!

Jordan Metzl, Mike Zimmerman

Identify, treat, and--most important--prevent common debilitating sports injuries and medical conditions.Whether you're a hardcore competitor or a weekend warrior, this book belongs on your shelf. The Athletes Book of Home Remedies is your go-to resource for safe, effective, do-it-yourself treatments whether you have a strain, sprain, or pain that you've never felt before.When you get hurt, yo... read more

Identify, treat, and--most important--prevent common debilitating sports injuries and medical conditions.Whether you're a hardcore competitor or a weekend warrior, this book belongs on your shelf. The Athletes Book of Home Remedies is your go-to resource for safe, effective, do-it-yourself treatments whether you have a strain, sprain, or pain that you've never felt before.When you get hurt, yo... read more

Dr. Jordan Metzl's Workout Prescription: 10, 20 & 30-minute high-intensity interval training workouts for every fitness level

Jordan Metzl

Dr. Jordan Metzl's Workout Prescription is a compressed workout guide designed for busy professionals in toda''s world who have little time for fitness and want to maximize results. In this book, Dr. Jordan Metzl explains the science of the compressed, high-intensity workout and provides a series of progressive workouts ranging from 10 to 30 minutes that can be done anytime, anywhere, using mi... read more

Dr. Jordan Metzl's Workout Prescription is a compressed workout guide designed for busy professionals in toda''s world who have little time for fitness and want to maximize results. In this book, Dr. Jordan Metzl explains the science of the compressed, high-intensity workout and provides a series of progressive workouts ranging from 10 to 30 minutes that can be done anytime, anywhere, using mi... read more

Spy Girls Are Forever

Elizabeth Cage

Watch out, Swiss misses and misters -- the Spy Girls are hitting the slopes! The disappearance of a hot young rock star has been linked to a bizarre international conspiracy -- and the secret may be hiding in the remote, snow-covered mountains of Switzerland. Their base of operations, a glamorous ski resort, has Jo, Caylin, and Theresa so stoked they can barely keep their minds on their missio... read more

Watch out, Swiss misses and misters -- the Spy Girls are hitting the slopes! The disappearance of a hot young rock star has been linked to a bizarre international conspiracy -- and the secret may be hiding in the remote, snow-covered mountains of Switzerland. Their base of operations, a glamorous ski resort, has Jo, Caylin, and Theresa so stoked they can barely keep their minds on their missio... read more

Live and Let Spy (Spy Girls Book 2)

Elizabeth Cage

The three fabulous femmes, aka the Spy Girls, are making their way around Eastern Europe, where a young ballerina has been kidnapped and replaced by a dangerous double. This dancing queen is downright deadly—and she won’t stop pirouetting until she kills the prime minister of Varokhastan! Can the Spy Girls stay on their toes long enough to save the peace-loving P.M. from a fatal pas de deux?

The three fabulous femmes, aka the Spy Girls, are making their way around Eastern Europe, where a young ballerina has been kidnapped and replaced by a dangerous double. This dancing queen is downright deadly—and she won’t stop pirouetting until she kills the prime minister of Varokhastan! Can the Spy Girls stay on their toes long enough to save the peace-loving P.M. from a fatal pas de deux?

If Looks Could Kill (Spy Girls Book 6)

Elizabeth Cage

The Spy Girls are hightailing it to Asia to scope out "Luscious" Lucien West, a hypnotically hot guru with a way-devoted following. Lucien and his young American recruits are turning the tiny depressed country of Kinh-Sanh into a land of peace and harmony. But Lucien may have more than world peace on his mind. Like total world domination, for example! Once the Spy Girls got oh-so-close to thei... read more

The Spy Girls are hightailing it to Asia to scope out "Luscious" Lucien West, a hypnotically hot guru with a way-devoted following. Lucien and his young American recruits are turning the tiny depressed country of Kinh-Sanh into a land of peace and harmony. But Lucien may have more than world peace on his mind. Like total world domination, for example! Once the Spy Girls got oh-so-close to thei... read more

The Better Man Project: 2,476 tips and techniques that will flatten your belly, sharpen your mind, and keep you healthy and happy for life!

Bill Phillips

Men take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies, finding health information too technical, scary, or boring. Written and designed in a guy-friendly manner--think of a cross between an owner's manual to a vintage muscle car and a Boy Scout handbook--The Better Man Project aims to change that with a practical health guide to help men achieve the holy grail of a well-lived life. ... read more

Men take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies, finding health information too technical, scary, or boring. Written and designed in a guy-friendly manner--think of a cross between an owner's manual to a vintage muscle car and a Boy Scout handbook--The Better Man Project aims to change that with a practical health guide to help men achieve the holy grail of a well-lived life. ... read more

The Bikini Body Diet: The Immediate and Lasting Plan to a Slim, Shapely, Sexier You

Tara Kraft, Editors of Shape

From Shape magazine, the most trusted source of fitness, exercise, and weight-loss information for women, comes a simple 6-week diet and workout plan that will transform your body and your life. Tone and Shape Your Best Bikini Body—in Just 6 Weeks! Prepare to look better, feel healthier, and regain your body confidence—and keep it for life! This plan is the culmination of years of hands-on fit... read more

From Shape magazine, the most trusted source of fitness, exercise, and weight-loss information for women, comes a simple 6-week diet and workout plan that will transform your body and your life. Tone and Shape Your Best Bikini Body—in Just 6 Weeks! Prepare to look better, feel healthier, and regain your body confidence—and keep it for life! This plan is the culmination of years of hands-on fit... read more

The Men's Health Big Book: Getting Abs: Four Weeks to a Flat, Ripped Stomach!

Adam Bornstein, The Editors of Men's Health

The essential diet and fitness guide to lean, ripped abs--including a results-driven 4-week program to lose weight, strengthen your core, and chisel your entire bodyCall it a spare tire, muffin top, or paunch. Men consistently cite their belly as their biggest problem area--and it is often the toughest final pounds to lose. Not anymore!Whether your eating habits have been affected by stress, y... read more

The essential diet and fitness guide to lean, ripped abs--including a results-driven 4-week program to lose weight, strengthen your core, and chisel your entire bodyCall it a spare tire, muffin top, or paunch. Men consistently cite their belly as their biggest problem area--and it is often the toughest final pounds to lose. Not anymore!Whether your eating habits have been affected by stress, y... read more

Signature Wound: Hidden Bombs, Heroic Soldiers, and the Shocking, Secret Story of the Afghanistan War

Bob Drury

Nominated for The National Magazine Awards, Public Interest categoryEvery war has its "signature wounds," injuries inflicted by frightening new weapons and tactics the U.S. military has never faced before. Blistered flesh from mustard gas in World War I. Petroleum burns from oil and gas igniting on the surface of the Pacific in World War II. And now, lost legs, hands, and most devastating of a... read more

Nominated for The National Magazine Awards, Public Interest categoryEvery war has its "signature wounds," injuries inflicted by frightening new weapons and tactics the U.S. military has never faced before. Blistered flesh from mustard gas in World War I. Petroleum burns from oil and gas igniting on the surface of the Pacific in World War II. And now, lost legs, hands, and most devastating of a... read more

The IMPACT! Body Plan: Build New Muscle, Flatten Your Belly & Get Your Mind Right!

Todd Durkin

Todd Durkin is the most sought-after personal trainer in sports, and if you don't know his name, you've definitely seen his work. He is a trainer on NBC’s new show Strong, and he has helped world-class athletes reach the top of their game, including quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, pitcher and World Series MVP Cole Hamels, and snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. He is ... read more

Todd Durkin is the most sought-after personal trainer in sports, and if you don't know his name, you've definitely seen his work. He is a trainer on NBC’s new show Strong, and he has helped world-class athletes reach the top of their game, including quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, pitcher and World Series MVP Cole Hamels, and snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. He is ... read more

Loving the Enemy (Sweet Valley University(R))

Francine Pascal

Jessica Wakefield is taken hostage. A shocking choice will change her life....When Jessica Wakefield walked into the Red Lion, all she wanted was a cup of coffee. Instead, she got a gun in her face--when everyone inside the popular hangout is taken hostage by a fellow student gone mad.Jessica never imagined that shy, innocent-looking Trevor Paley would be capable of committing such a violent a... read more

Jessica Wakefield is taken hostage. A shocking choice will change her life....When Jessica Wakefield walked into the Red Lion, all she wanted was a cup of coffee. Instead, she got a gun in her face--when everyone inside the popular hangout is taken hostage by a fellow student gone mad.Jessica never imagined that shy, innocent-looking Trevor Paley would be capable of committing such a violent a... read more

Complete Idiot's Guide to Surviving Anything (The Complete Idiot's Guide)

Patrick Sauer, Michael Zimmerman

Offers guidelines on basic lifesaving skills from CPR to wound dressing, surviving harsh climates and terrains, handling emergenies on the road or in the home, and preparing for personal attacks and disasters.

Offers guidelines on basic lifesaving skills from CPR to wound dressing, surviving harsh climates and terrains, handling emergenies on the road or in the home, and preparing for personal attacks and disasters.

The Lean Muscle Diet: A Customized Nutrition and Workout Plan-Eat the Foods You Love to Build the Body You Want and Keep It for Life! (Men's Health)

Lou Schuler, Alan Aragon

Research shows that although people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight on any given diet, dieting itself is a consistent predictor of future weight gain. Why? At some point, everyone stops dieting. The Lean Muscle Diet solves the sustainability problem while offering immediate results. It's simple: act as if you already have the body you want. If a reader is, say, a 220-pound man wh... read more

Research shows that although people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight on any given diet, dieting itself is a consistent predictor of future weight gain. Why? At some point, everyone stops dieting. The Lean Muscle Diet solves the sustainability problem while offering immediate results. It's simple: act as if you already have the body you want. If a reader is, say, a 220-pound man wh... read more

Saved: How I quit worrying about money and became the richest guy in the world

Ben Hewitt

When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Here was a real-life rebel living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. Gillard's no bum. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community. But how he lives his life—and why—launches Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. By me... read more

When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Here was a real-life rebel living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. Gillard's no bum. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community. But how he lives his life—and why—launches Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. By me... read more

The 14-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Heal your gut, prevent disease, and slow aging--one bite at a time!

Mike Zimmerman

Stop Inflammation to Prevent and Reverse Disease for a Longer, Happier Life! Stop Inflammation Fast! Discover the secret plan that jumpstarts your immune system and eliminates the silent killer that may be smoldering inside you. You may have inflammation and not even know it until it emerges as weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes. But now you can take back control of ... read more

Stop Inflammation to Prevent and Reverse Disease for a Longer, Happier Life! Stop Inflammation Fast! Discover the secret plan that jumpstarts your immune system and eliminates the silent killer that may be smoldering inside you. You may have inflammation and not even know it until it emerges as weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes. But now you can take back control of ... read more

Nightmare Paint: Collected Fiction

Mike Zimmerman

They’re only nightmares…An ailing cop with a supernatural edge takes on a vicious bank gang in broad daylight.A controversial shock comic meets a tabloid journalist at the intersection of depravity and legend.A doomed young man finds his summer of love … and death.Welcome to Nightmare Paint, a collection of 15 raw pieces of short fiction that will plunge you into the weird, the tragic, the hor... read more

They’re only nightmares…An ailing cop with a supernatural edge takes on a vicious bank gang in broad daylight.A controversial shock comic meets a tabloid journalist at the intersection of depravity and legend.A doomed young man finds his summer of love … and death.Welcome to Nightmare Paint, a collection of 15 raw pieces of short fiction that will plunge you into the weird, the tragic, the hor... read more

Mike has 2 reviews

StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
Professionalism
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
Quality
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
Value
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
Communication
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey
StarStarStarStarStarStar greyStar greyStar greyStar greyStar grey

Nanci Bergman
I am a first time author and had a great experience working with Mike. He was able to give clear, professional insight to all of my questions, and really helped bring my book to life. I would definitely work with him again in the future.

Nanci Bergman, January 2019


Haleigh Rice
It was a wonderful experience working with Mike. He gave me professional feedback and edit recommendations without compromising the integrity of my vision for the story. As a new writer, I appreciated his soft, yet straight-forward approach. Highly recommend! Thanks again, Mike!

Haleigh Rice, May 2018

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Thumb d0d9e9beb66ccbba30ed0e583ee871ef2d3a865a

Neil Gordon

Getting feedback doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. I work to ensure your hand is held through every step of the process.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Thumb cc1074650553c64e6186ab5609290d23450f565a

Fran Lebowitz

Former Agent, Writers House, now Expat; two Newbery & NBA authors. I take a holistic, highly customized approach with a plan

New York, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy