Michele Orwin

Michele Orwin - Editor

Washington, DC

In addition to being a book coach, I'm also an author, editor, publisher, teacher. I've had two novels published.

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Overview

I'm a book coach with more than 25 years of experience. I love working with authors of novels and memoirs. I am also an Author Accelerator Certified Advanced Book Coach. Most of my recent experience has been working with writers on memoirs, historical and contemporary novels. I can't promise you'll find an agent or a publisher, although many of the writers I've worked with have found both. But I can promise I'll work with you until you've completed a draft you're happy with.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Health & Wellbeing
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Advanced Certified Book Coach from Author Accelerator

Work experience

Publisher

Self-employed
November, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

I started Bacon Press Books as a small, independent press to help authors re-issue their already published titles in paperback and eBook. We have also published some original fiction and nonfiction.

Book Coach

Self-employed
January, 1988 – Present (over 33 years)

After my first novel, Waiting for Next Week, was published by Henry Holt & Co., I began teaching college writing and conducting creative writing workshops at colleges, universities, and writers centers. I've been working with authors for more than 25 years as a developmental editor and a book coach. For the past two years, I have been an advanced certified book coach at Author Accelerator working mostly with novelists and memoirists. I am now starting my own book coaching company. I also have a small press, Bacon Press Books, dedicated to re-issuing books in paperback and digital that have already been published in hardcover. I have had two novels published, one under a pen name; several short stories, and award-winning speeches and articles. Many of the authors I've worked with have gone on to publish their books.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Waiting for Next Week

Orwin, Michele

You Won't Remember This

Kate Blackwell

The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell’s debut collection illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell’s focus is elemental—on marriage, birth, death, and the entangle... read more

The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell’s debut collection illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell’s focus is elemental—on marriage, birth, death, and the entangle... read more

Sigga of Reykjavik

Solveig Eggerz

"A rebel for our time"Meet Sigga, a spirited young woman who flees the abusive conditions on an Icelandic farm, only to face grinding poverty in Depression-era Reykjavik. Her struggle for independence runs parallel to Iceland’s quest for freedom from Danish dominance. Born a century before the Me-Too movement, Sigga supports her family, working among men who learn never to touch her without he... read more

"A rebel for our time"Meet Sigga, a spirited young woman who flees the abusive conditions on an Icelandic farm, only to face grinding poverty in Depression-era Reykjavik. Her struggle for independence runs parallel to Iceland’s quest for freedom from Danish dominance. Born a century before the Me-Too movement, Sigga supports her family, working among men who learn never to touch her without he... read more

Getaway

Maureen Brady

After years of living in an abusive marriage, one day Cookie Wagner snaps. She stabs her drunken husband and leaves him dying on the kitchen floor. She flees to remote Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she takes on a new name and starts a new life. For a moment, she seems to have gotten away with murder. But is her husband really dead or will he come looking for her and once again ruin her life?... read more

After years of living in an abusive marriage, one day Cookie Wagner snaps. She stabs her drunken husband and leaves him dying on the kitchen floor. She flees to remote Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she takes on a new name and starts a new life. For a moment, she seems to have gotten away with murder. But is her husband really dead or will he come looking for her and once again ruin her life?... read more

In Search of the Fun-Forever Job: Career Strategies that Work

Ellis Chase

2014 Eric Hoffer Award for Business Books Winner Looking for work? Changing careers? Discover the smart way to search.Ellis Chase, one of Manhattan’s top career management consultants and executive coaches, brings his 25-plus years of experience and expertise to this reexamination of how you can target and find a job that fits. You’ll find strategies you can use to: identify the career that’s ... read more

2014 Eric Hoffer Award for Business Books Winner Looking for work? Changing careers? Discover the smart way to search.Ellis Chase, one of Manhattan’s top career management consultants and executive coaches, brings his 25-plus years of experience and expertise to this reexamination of how you can target and find a job that fits. You’ll find strategies you can use to: identify the career that’s ... read more

The Man Who Built Boxes and other stories

Frank Tavares

“Each story is a minor masterpiece of the writer's craft.” Midwest Book Review In these twelve stories, you’ll meet a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they’ve put on their lives. Driven by love or loneliness, like the man in the title, they’ve boxed themselves in. Frank Tavares tells their stories with humor and compassion. And while the themes may be fami... read more

“Each story is a minor masterpiece of the writer's craft.” Midwest Book Review In these twelve stories, you’ll meet a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they’ve put on their lives. Driven by love or loneliness, like the man in the title, they’ve boxed themselves in. Frank Tavares tells their stories with humor and compassion. And while the themes may be fami... read more

Identity Thief

JP Bloch

"Identity Thief is an audacious and cleverly plotted, intriguing mystery that opens up new layers of deceit at every turn, like an endless trove of Russian nesting boxes, with one surprising twist after another." Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author, White Heat Out of work, down on your luck, desperate for cash. What if you could get rich with a few strokes of the keyboard? All you have ... read more

"Identity Thief is an audacious and cleverly plotted, intriguing mystery that opens up new layers of deceit at every turn, like an endless trove of Russian nesting boxes, with one surprising twist after another." Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author, White Heat Out of work, down on your luck, desperate for cash. What if you could get rich with a few strokes of the keyboard? All you have ... read more

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