I know how to steer big ideas into even bigger books.
I'm a hands-on book editor, a writer, and a self-professed pop culture junkie with a unique combination of significant New York trade publishing experience.
My sensibility is eclectic and unabashedly commercial, including Young Adult fiction and Adult prescriptive and narrative nonfiction in the categories of celebrity memoir, relationships, modern parenting, lifestyle, self-help, humor. . . and whatever I find refreshingly irresistible.
At Simon & Schuster's pop culture imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) turned Gallery Books, I acquired and edited such bestselling titles as the phenomenon HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, Tori Spelling's tell-all memoir STORI TELLING (and all four of her subsequent bestsellers), perennial "new mommy" favorite, SIPPY CUPS ARE NOT FOR CHARDONNAY by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and fashion guru Tim Gunn's GUNN'S GOLDEN RULES. Most recently, I was Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster's YA imprint Simon Pulse, working with such notable authors as Sarah Ockler, Lauren Barnholdt, Tom Leveen, Terra Elan McVoy, S. E. Green, and Ann Stampler.
My unique background and skill set--I've worked for major publishers, a leading literary agency, and been thrice published (a publishing "renaissance man")--offer insightful and empathetic guidance from developed concept to demystified publication. Whether working with a first-time author or a seasoned pro, I give each project my thoughtful, undivided attention.
Authors have described my editorial style as "a writer's dream," "uncannily perceptive," "at once calming and inspiring," "contagious enthusiasm," and a "razor-sharp scalpel of just what readers want to read."
Successful publishing takes a mix of market knowledge, honed instinct, nurtured relationships, and the confidence to fight for and see through one's vision. It's not always easy. But it's what I do--and deeply enjoy.
Provide contract-based line and developmental editing to best develop "voice," clarity, and narrative flow for a wide range of nonfiction and fiction projects, including an upcoming Middle Grade novel sold to Little, Brown as part of James Patterson's co-written BookShots line.
Collaborated with literary packager NYLA Entertainment as Head Editor/"Book Doctor" on a variety of Young Adult properties on submission.
From "big picture" thoughts to expert direction in the details, ASK A BOOK EDITOR is your honest and accessible editorial soundboard. Each "Power Hour" is an opportunity to talk about your work and goals, improve your craft, build a brand, or explore whatever's most important to you. You've got my ear, expertise, and 25 years' publishing experience with the biggest publishers on the planet. Let me help demystify the process. Perfect for aspiring, traditional, or self-published authors. Other editorial services (including developmental and line editing) are also available.
Launched self-help/business imprint's debut titles with founder and CEO of GigaBook, comprising content development, copywriting, interior design, marketing (blog entries, book trailer, Goodreads, Amazon Author Central), and editorial feedback to client website and tie-in app.
Managed cover art direction, copyediting, production, and distribution for eBook and POD formats. Both titles ranked as #1 Amazon Best Sellers in their categories and Top 25 of all Nonfiction.
Co-developing future projects from other notable entrepreneurs and industry figures.
Oversaw editorial direction of Young Adult publishing imprint with an average of 85 original and reprint titles/year, including acquisitions, scheduling editorial calendar, and weekly team meetings.
Responsible for negotiating the purchase of manuscripts with agents, consulting with authors on market, content, style and format, and writing and reviewing copy for sales and marketing materials, including book jackets, digital catalogs, SEO metadata, advertising, and title information sheets.
As project manager, partnered with Design, Marketing, Publicity, and Sales teams to develop and execute custom content and campaigns. Established and coordinated the editorial, production, and publication schedules and tracked through all stages until completion.
Pitched and creatively developed original intellectual properties (IP).
Represented Simon Pulse at major publishing trade shows and conferences.
Acquired, developed, and championed 95+ projects from negotiation through publication for entertainment and pop culture imprint, including #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Launched start-up imprint with acquisition of HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, the publishing phenomenon that spent 57 weeks on New York Times Best Sellers list (8 weeks at #1), was translated into more than 30 languages, and spawned a lucrative franchise.
Editorial expertise in a wide range of categories: celebrity memoir, relationships, modern parenting, health, humor, self-help, narrative nonfiction, media tie-in, and commercial fiction.
Proven ease working with celebrities, including Tori Spelling, Tim Gunn, Lance Bass, Star Jones (edited her roman a clef SATAN'S SISTERS, of which VH1's original series DAYTIME DIVAS is based), Johnny Weir, La Toya Jackson, Kristen Johnston, and a couple “Real Housewives”.
Orchestrated Tori Spelling’s unprecedented publishing success, including multi-month New York Times bestsellers STORI TELLING and MOMMYWOOD, UNCHARTED TERRITORI, SPELLING IT LIKE IT IS, and her 4-color party planning guide, CELEBRATORI.
She was television's most famous virgin -- and, as Aaron Spelling's daughter, arguably its most famous case of nepotism. Portraying Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling became one of the most recognizable young actresses of her generation, with a not-so-private personal life every bit as fascinating as her character's exploits. Yet years later the name Tori Spelling too often cl... read more
He’s Just Not That Into You—based on a popular episode of Sex and the City—is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.For ages, women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to a... read more
On the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach. You’ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway. Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for “making it work”—in your career, relationships, and life. Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion’s greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Runway’s biggest drama queens, an... read more
The moment the second line on the pee stick turns pink, women discover they've entered a world of parenting experts. Friends, family, colleagues, the UPS delivery guy -- suddenly everybody is a trove of advice, much of it contradictory and confusing. With dire warnings of what will happen if baby is fed on demand and even direr warnings of what will happen if he isn't, not to mention hordes of... read more
Motherhood -- it's not for wimps. Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you're left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality. Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer hon... read more
If you thought Tinseltown was tough... Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in. Like most parents, Tori wants her children to hav... read more
This is a book about men. Not all men, just emotionally unhealthy men. The ones who make you question, “Is it him or is it me? Am I making too big a deal out of this? I try to tell him how I feel, but he says I’m overreacting or needy or it's all my fault.”Relationships are hard work, but how hard should they be? When do you know you are struggling too hard to make a relationship succeed? Deal... read more
At sixteen, Lance Bass received a phone call from Justin Timberlake that would change his life forever. Soon after, he left his small-town home in Clinton, Mississippi, to join an emerging musical group called *NSYNC. Two years later *NSYNC was inspiring Beatles-esque mania around the world, becoming the face of the new MTV generation, and earning the all-time record for most album sales in a ... read more
Sure, children are the greatest gift of all -- but that doesn't mean you want to be seated next to one on an airplane. From the dawn of time, other people's kids have found ways to spoil things for the rest of us. Movie theaters, parks, restaurants -- every venue that should be a place of refuge and relaxation has instead become a freewheeling playground complete with shrieks, wails, and ill-t... read more
Share the shame. In the days before blogs, teenagers recorded their lives with a pen in top-secret notebooks, usually emblazoned with an earnest, underlined plea to parents to keep away. Since 2002, David Nadelberg has tapped that vast wellspring of adolescent anguish in the stage show Mortified, in which grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first p... read more
Lucy's learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart's all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don't feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole's date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservatio... read more
From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking q... read more
A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this riveting debut.Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one hersel... read more
In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill—the sadistic Decapitator—and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunt... read more
A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.Emma is tired of being good. Always the perfect daughter to an overprotective father, she moves to Los Angeles dying to reinvent herself. This is why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her. And the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives ... read more
Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping novel explores of the consequences of cyberbullying.Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he... read more
From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has ... read more
An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood - from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooce.com Heather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby: beer, small boobs, free time -- and antidepressants. The eighteen months that followed w... read more
You're having a baby. That's it. Game over, man. Life as you know it is done. Go ahead, freak out. Comic Chris Mancini was terrified of his impending fatherhood. But soon after throwing up upon seeing the little blue line, he realized that most expectant dads sometimes feel nervous, depressed, or powerless -- like a new baby is guy-kryptonite. Chris has been there and survived it. He'll talk y... read more
"Can you blame a publicist for blurring the lines between what's real and what's a dream, when her client is a gorgeous actor?" --Jodi PicoultSophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm's most important actor client and every woman's dream--Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with... read more
FROM DEBT TO DOT COMBased in a spare bedroom in his home, Matt DeCoursey built companies that generated millions of dollars in revenue and huge amounts of profit. And he started it all with only an American Express card with an $8,000 limit and a determined vision to succeed. Using the inspiring narrative of his startup journey—from its profitable highs to its scrambling lows and all the hard-... read more
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Enthusiastic, friendly editor at Macmillan for 22 years. Favorite genres are women's fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, thrillers, YA.
Former editor at Penguin Random House and Hachette Book Group. I specialize in all commercial fiction, especially crime fiction and romance.