Philip Rappaport

Philip Rappaport - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Twenty-five years of experience as a nonfiction editor at big-five houses (PRH and S&S) and in academic publishing.

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Overview

After more than twenty years as a non-fiction editor of all genres at Big Five Publishers including Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster, I now work independently with writers, agents and publishers to write or rewrite, shape or reshape proposals and manuscripts. I also teach book publishing at Emerson College and City College of New York.


What I do:

· developmental editing

· jump start an existing proposal or develop one from scratch

· manuscript critique

· guide through self-publishing options


TESTIMONIALS

"Philip, my full-time editor and part-time counselor, agreed to shape the book and shepherd it through the Free Press and Simon & Schuster. He read every word at least twice and changed a surprisingly large number for the better." -- Dr. Martin Seligman, bestselling author of Authentic Happiness


"Thanks and gratitude to . . . the most enthusiastic editor an amateur writer could ever wish to have, for giving the book a home." -- Maxwell Ryan, author and creator of the award-winning website Apartment Therapy


"To my editor . . . for his enthusiasm and intelligence and for getting me through my first book. I've loved every second." -- Adam Roberts, author of The Amateur Gourmet


"Philip has been a sweetheart of an editor. Immersing oneself in narcissism can activate anger, and Philip’s kindness and optimism helped me to keep my balance throughout the revision process." -- Sandy Hotchkiss, author of Why Is It Always About You? The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism


"Philip's incisive eye, thoughtful comments, and personal support across the whole arc of this project have made it a privilege to work with him." -- Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America


"Philip is a great editor and friend." -- Dr. Leslie Baumann, bestselling author of The Skin Type Solution


"At the Free Press the manuscript found a sympathetic, thoughtful, challenging, and generous friend in my editor; I appreciate his skill and his tenacity." -- James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Help Them

Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
History
Judaism
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families
Psychology
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Editorial Services, Digital Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
June, 2022 – Present (6 months)

Proposal reviews, developmental editing, marketing assessments, publishing consulting, publishing education, etc.

Publisher/Editorial Director

Open Road Media
November, 2012 – September, 2021 (almost 9 years)

- Managed direct reports in editorial, production and rights.
- Supervised nine full and part-time editors and consultants.
- Identified new revenue opportunities from the 10,000-title backlist catalog.
- Notable departmental backlist acquisitions included Graham Greene, Joan Didion, Gloria Naylor, Eden
Robinson, Madelaine L’Engle, Gerald Durrell.
- Acquired over a dozen key LGBTQ+ backlists including Paul Monette, May Sarton, David Wojnarowicz, Doris
Grumbach, Ned Rorem, Jane Rule, Christopher Bram, Valerie Miner, Barbara Wilson, Paula Gunn Allen,
Joseph Caldwell, and more.

Senior Editor

Bantam Dell/Random House
October, 2002 – December, 2009 (about 7 years)

- Acquired in popular culture, self-help, lifestyle, memoir, and narrative non-fiction.
- Edited leading writers and personalities including Howie Mandel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Rodriguez, Tahir
Shah, Leslie Baumann, Maxwell Ryan, Mitch Horowitz.
- Worked on a selective group of Jewish-themed books including: Beaufort: A Novel (orig. Hebrew), The
Auschwitz Violin: A Novel (orig. Catalan), The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust, The Bantam-
Megiddo Hebrew and English Dictionary, Revised.
- Edited PEN and Books for a Better Life award-winning titles.

Editor

The Free Press/Simon and Schuster
May, 1996 – September, 2002 (over 6 years)

- Acquired and edited popular psychology, health, and child development titles.
- Published numerous transformative books including work by James Garbarino, Jeanne Safer, Sandy
Hotchkiss, James Stigler, and others.
- Cultivated a relationship with Martin Seligman that resulted in bringing him to the Free Press, and publishing
Authentic Happiness, which spearheaded the positive psychology movement.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Authentic Happiness

Martin E. P. Seligman

A national bestseller, Authentic Happiness launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology—and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness.According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one’s personal strengths rather than weaknesses—an... read more

A national bestseller, Authentic Happiness launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology—and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness.According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one’s personal strengths rather than weaknesses—an... read more

The Caliph's House

Tahir Shah

In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge–and nothing is as... read more

In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge–and nothing is as... read more

Beaufort

Ron Leshem

By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshem’s debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israel’s top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film. Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our times—one of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the ... read more

By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshem’s debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israel’s top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film. Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our times—one of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the ... read more

The Definitive Book of Body Language

Barbara Pease, Allan Pease

Available for the first time in the United States, this international bestseller reveals the secrets of nonverbal communication to give you confidence and control in any face-to-face encounter—from making a great first impression and acing a job interview to finding the right partner. It is a scientific fact that people’s gestures give away their true intentions. Yet most of us don’t know how ... read more

Available for the first time in the United States, this international bestseller reveals the secrets of nonverbal communication to give you confidence and control in any face-to-face encounter—from making a great first impression and acing a job interview to finding the right partner. It is a scientific fact that people’s gestures give away their true intentions. Yet most of us don’t know how ... read more

Why Is It Always About You?

Sandy Hotchkiss

In this groundbreaking book -- the first popular book on narcissism in more than a decade -- clinical social worker and psychotherapist Sandy Hotchkiss shows you how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships. Exploring how individuals come to have this shortcoming, why you get drawn into their perilous or... read more

In this groundbreaking book -- the first popular book on narcissism in more than a decade -- clinical social worker and psychotherapist Sandy Hotchkiss shows you how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships. Exploring how individuals come to have this shortcoming, why you get drawn into their perilous or... read more

The Normal One

Jeanne Safer

In the first book of its kind, renowned psychotherapist Jeanne Safer examines the hidden trauma of growing up with an emotionally troubled or physically disabled sibling, and helps adult "normal" siblings resolve their childhood pain.For too long the therapeutic community has focused on the parent-child relationship as the primary relationship in a child's life. In The Normal One, Dr. Safer sh... read more

In the first book of its kind, renowned psychotherapist Jeanne Safer examines the hidden trauma of growing up with an emotionally troubled or physically disabled sibling, and helps adult "normal" siblings resolve their childhood pain.For too long the therapeutic community has focused on the parent-child relationship as the primary relationship in a child's life. In The Normal One, Dr. Safer sh... read more

Beyond Religion

The Dalai Lama

A guide to leading an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and cultivating key human values, from a beloved world religious leader.Ten years ago, in the best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. With Beyond Religion, he returns to the conversation at his most outs... read more

A guide to leading an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and cultivating key human values, from a beloved world religious leader.Ten years ago, in the best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. With Beyond Religion, he returns to the conversation at his most outs... read more

Apartment Therapy

Maxwell Ryan

From not enough space and too many things to not knowing what color to paint the living room walls, many of us struggle with our homes. Now Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, frequent makeover expert on HGTV’s Mission: Organization and Small Spaces, Big Style, shares the do-it-yourself strategies that have enabled his clients and fans to transform their apartments into well-organized, beautiful places t... read more

From not enough space and too many things to not knowing what color to paint the living room walls, many of us struggle with our homes. Now Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, frequent makeover expert on HGTV’s Mission: Organization and Small Spaces, Big Style, shares the do-it-yourself strategies that have enabled his clients and fans to transform their apartments into well-organized, beautiful places t... read more

To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World

Gail A. Hornstein

A fascinating and dramatic account of a controversial figure in twentieth-century psychiatry.In this “dazzling and provocative”* biography, Gail Hornstein brings back to life the maverick psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World tells the extraordinary life story of the German-Jewish refugee analyst who accomplished what Freud and almost everyone else th... read more

A fascinating and dramatic account of a controversial figure in twentieth-century psychiatry.In this “dazzling and provocative”* biography, Gail Hornstein brings back to life the maverick psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World tells the extraordinary life story of the German-Jewish refugee analyst who accomplished what Freud and almost everyone else th... read more

Never Good Enough: How to Use Perfectionism to Your Advantage Without Letting It Ruin Your Life

Monica Ramirez Basco PhD, Marguerite Gavin, Blackstone Publishing

The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel

Maria Angels Anglada, David Colacci, Brilliance Audio

Lost Boys

James Garbarino

In the first book to help parents truly understand youth violence and stop it before it explodes, national expert Dr. James Garbarino reveals how to identify children who are at risk and offers proven methods to prevent aggressive behavior. After more than a decade of relentless increase in the urban war zones of large cities, violence by young boys and adolescents is on the rise in our suburb... read more

In the first book to help parents truly understand youth violence and stop it before it explodes, national expert Dr. James Garbarino reveals how to identify children who are at risk and offers proven methods to prevent aggressive behavior. After more than a decade of relentless increase in the urban war zones of large cities, violence by young boys and adolescents is on the rise in our suburb... read more

The Liberators

Michael Hirsh

At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Rich with powerful never-before-published details from the author’s interviews with more than 150 U.S. soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II—and a stirring test... read more

At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Rich with powerful never-before-published details from the author’s interviews with more than 150 U.S. soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II—and a stirring test... read more

The TV Writer's Workbook

Ellen Sandler

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows... read more

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows... read more

The Skin Type Solution

Leslie Baumann

REVISED AND UPDATEDFORGET EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN—AND LEARN THE TRUTH. Take the simple questionnaire inside this book and within minutes discover which of the sixteen unique skin types describes your skin, which ingredients to avoid, the skin care brands that are right for you, and your new time- and money-saving regimen. In this revised edition of her c... read more

REVISED AND UPDATEDFORGET EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN—AND LEARN THE TRUTH. Take the simple questionnaire inside this book and within minutes discover which of the sixteen unique skin types describes your skin, which ingredients to avoid, the skin care brands that are right for you, and your new time- and money-saving regimen. In this revised edition of her c... read more

True North

Bernie Finkelstein

One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music to the rest of the world. Bernie Finkelstei... read more

One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music to the rest of the world. Bernie Finkelstei... read more

Here's the Deal

Howie Mandel, Josh Young

NATIONAL BESTSELLERAn engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals Howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s... read more

NATIONAL BESTSELLERAn engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals Howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s... read more

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