Pamela Ferdinand

Pamela Ferdinand - Editor

Chicago, IL, United States

Expert editor; award-winning journalist (Washington Post, Boston Globe); published nonfiction author (Little, Brown & Co.); 25+ years

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Overview

I am an editor, journalist, and author with more than 25 years' experience in journalism and freelance consulting. I pride myself on my professionalism and resourcefulness along with an ability to provide high quality and impactful prose, and I am meticulous about details, ferocious about deadlines, and committed to collaboration.

As a reporter for The Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Miami Herald, I worked with some of the top editors and writers in the country on subjects ranging from neuroscience and the environment to business and politics. I understand the impact of words and creative problem-solving, and I specialize in translating complex issues into powerful and clear language without any "dumbing down."

My freelance work as an editor has included books, book proposals, manuscript reviews, newsletters, press releases, speeches, articles, and blogs. In addition, I co-authored a triple memoir — “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Amazing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood” (Little, Brown & Co.) — dubbed “A Tome of the Brave" by Oprah's O Magazine and published in five other countries.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Health & wellbeing
History
Life Sciences
Nature
Parenting & Families
Philosophy
Politics & Current Affairs
Psychology

Awards

  • Chicago Writer's Association, Best Nonfiction Book (traditional publisher)
  • Pulitzer Prize (team awards)

Work experience

Editor/Author/Journalist

Self-employed
May, 2003 – Present (about 15 years)

As a freelance editor, nonfiction book author, and award-winning journalist for more than two decades, I've worked with some of the top editors and writers in the country. I've written for national newspapers, magazines, and online publications and edited articles and book-length manuscripts on subjects ranging from neuroscience, education, the environment, and crime to business, parenting, and politics.

I pride myself on helping clients translate sometimes complex and technical issues into engaging, interesting, and accurate prose, and I ensure that they communicate effectively and clearly. I am meticulous about details, ferocious about deadlines, and committed to collaboration.

I served as The Washington Post's New England correspondent in Boston for six years and was one of 10 international journalists selected for a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I also have contributed articles and blogs to National Geographic News, The Economist, Boston Magazine, NPR, Slate’s DoubleX, The Huffington Post, and FRONTLINE as well as university and health care publications, among others.

In addition, I co-authored a triple memoir - “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Amazing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood” (Little, Brown & Co.) sold in the US and five other countries and dubbed “A Tome of the Brave" by Oprah's O Magazine, with film rights optioned.

My journalism teaching experience includes Boston University’s College of Communication, Lake Forest College, and DePaul University in Chicago. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, I am a member of Society of Professional Journalists, Editorial Freelancers Association, and American Society of Journalists and Authors, among other organizations, and I am represented by the Denise Shannon Literary Agency in New York City.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood

Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, Pamela Ferdinand

Carey, Beth, and Pam had succeeded at work but failed at romance, and each resolved to have a baby before time ran out. Just one problem: no men. Carey took the first bold step towards single motherhood, searching anonymous donor banks until she found the perfect match. What she found was not a father in a vial, but a sort of magic potion. She met a man, fell in love, and got pregnant the old-... read more

Carey, Beth, and Pam had succeeded at work but failed at romance, and each resolved to have a baby before time ran out. Just one problem: no men. Carey took the first bold step towards single motherhood, searching anonymous donor banks until she found the perfect match. What she found was not a father in a vial, but a sort of magic potion. She met a man, fell in love, and got pregnant the old-... read more

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