Marisa Solis

Marisa Solis - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Book coach and developmental editor • 22 years in publishing • Self-help, wellness, psychology • First-time authors

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Hello! It's nice to meet you over the ether. As a book coach and developmental editor, it'd be my pleasure to help you in one or more of these ways:

• Provide a written critique of your book idea, query letter, proposal, or manuscript
• Help you to develop and organize your book idea, query letter, proposal, or manuscript
• Collaborate with you on developmental edits of your proposal or manuscript
• Provide substantive edits and query integration of your proposal or manuscript
• Offer copyedits when your proposal or manuscript is ready to send to an agent or publisher

I specialize in health, psychology, and mental wellness self-help books, including ACT, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and yoga. I've assisted more than 100 therapists, yoga practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and occupational therapists in getting their manuscripts polished and published.

My particular strength is in helping clinicians and other professionals organize their thoughts and treatment protocol in a reader-friendly way for a lay audience, especially when it comes to transforming clinical language into everyday words that are accessible to everyone. While all of my clients are experts in their field, many are novices when it comes to writing a self-help book. I help them every step of the way.

I also have experience working on nonfiction feminist and women's interest books (managing editor, Seal Press), travel guidebooks (senior editor, Avalon Travel Publishing), gift trade books (copy editor, Chronicle Books), and lifestyle books and cookbooks (proofreader Weldon Owen Publishing). I would be thrilled to talk to you about manuscripts in any of these genres as well.

Working with me is straightforward, collaborative, and easy. My work will be finished when you're completely satisfied.

Your project is my priority. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it and how I can help.

English (US)
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Certificate of Professional Copyediting, UC Berkeley Extension

Work experience

Book coach and developmental editor

December, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

As a book coach and developmental editor, I partner with writers to help them through every step of the book-writing process, from concept through to finished manuscript. I coach authors in not only how to *write* a winning book but how to get it *published.*

Freelance Developmental Editor and Copy Editor

New Harbinger Publications
April, 2009 – Present (about 12 years)

As a developmental editor, I ensure that each manuscript is serving its purpose: to solve a problem, meet the reader's needs, and offer sustainable, effective solutions. I provide each author with personalized feedback on everything from tone and organization to content weaknesses and strategies for resolving them. As a copy editor, I polish and code each manuscript so that it's ready for production.

New Harbinger Publications is an independent, employee-owned publisher of books on psychology, health, spirituality, and personal growth. These evidence-based self-help books help readers make positive changes to improve mental health and well-being.

Freelance Copy Editor and Writer
April, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

I copyedit and write award-winning parenting news articles, video transcripts, product lists, expert answers, opinion pieces, and more for, the world's number one digital parenting resource, with content that reaches more than 100 million people monthly. In the United States, 7 in 10 new and expectant moms online use BabyCenter.

Freelance Copy Editor

Chronicle Books
July, 2006 – February, 2017 (over 10 years)

I copyedited more than 100 books for primarily the adult trade and cookbook divisions in the categories of pop culture, art and photography, cooking, crafts, design, travel, parenting, and more.

Chronicle Books is an independent publisher known for producing beautifully designed products, especially unique, on-trend gift books.

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

Weldon Owen
June, 2006 – April, 2019 (almost 13 years)

I worked on nearly 80 lifestyle books, cookbooks, how-to infographics, and more, ensuring a final polish on each manuscript before it headed to the printer, often marking up galleys in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Weldon Owen produces innovative, richly illustrated books for a global market, specializing in easy-to-read books that are practical, informative, and entertaining.

Managing Editor

Seal Press (Hatchette Book Group)
June, 2004 – February, 2006 (over 1 year)

I managed the editorial flow of roughly 18 books a year written by women for women. These nonfiction titles included travel narratives, essay collections, feminist theory, humor, identity politics, parenting, and more.

Seal Press began as an independent publisher of women writers, making a name for itself in women's studies circles. It now falls under the Perseus imprint, a part of Hatchette Book Group.

Senior Editor

Avalon Travel Publishing (Hatchette Book Group)
September, 1999 – June, 2004 (over 4 years)

I managed the editorial flow of all travel guidebooks in the Foghorn Outdoors series (now part of Moon Travel), as well as worked on individual titles from Moon Travel, Avalon Travel, and Rick Steves to destinations including Panama, Mexico, California, Canada, London, Seattle, Florida, Tokyo, and more. I also edited camping, hiking, and biking guidebooks to more than two dozen destinations.

Avalon Travel Publishing is a leader in travel guidebooks to destinations around the world. It is an imprint of Perseus, part of Hatchette Book Group.

The New Happiness: Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention

McKay PhD, Matthew, Wood PsyD, Jeffrey C., Hayes PhD, Steven C.

Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief

Carson MPH E-RYT, Kimberly, Krucoff, Carol, Carson PhD, Jim, Krucoff MD, Mitchell W.

Secrets of Stylists: An Insider's Guide to Styling the Stars

Charnin Morrison, Sasha, Mirabella, Grace

Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig

Heller, Steven, Lustig Cohen, Elaine

The Art of Brave

Jenny Lerew, John Lasseter, Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews

Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide: Selected by the World's Top Food Critics and Glam Media's Foodie Editors

Mode Media, Arora, Samir, Greene, Gael, Wells, Patricia, Yamamoto, Masuhiro

la boulange cafe cooking at home

Pascal; La Boulange Rigo

Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle

Szasz, Ioan, Labrie, Michael, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Komoroske, Kirsten


Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen


The Exploratorium

Get the Picture: 150+ Ways to Make the Most of Your Camera

Richards, Dan, The Editors of Popular Photography

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

Canemaker, John, Blair, Mary

Wine Country Women of Napa Valley

Mandro, Michelle, Bonik, Dona Kopol, Harlan, Amanda

Working Mom Survival Guide: How to Run Around Less & Enjoy Life More

Riss, Suzanne, Palagano, Teresa, Borba, Dr. Michele

Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons

Kubernik, Harvey, Wilson, Brian, Webster, Guy

Surfer Magazine: 50 Years

George, Sam, Tomson, Shaun

Marisa has 13 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Joelle Prevost
Marisa has helped me as a book coach and I couldn't be happier! She's very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and professional. As a first-time self-help author, she's been invaluable! :)

Joelle Prevost, May 2021

Lois Shapiro
Very helpful - provided excellent advice. Very appreciative.

Lois Shapiro, March 2021

Rotem Brayer
If you're a first-time nonfiction author - let me save you time: stop searching and hire Marissa. She is not only professional and attentive to details, but she is also smart and compassionate. She will help you take your book to the next level.

Rotem Brayer, February 2021

Takuhiro Maeda
Did a short consulting session with Marisa. She provided a lot of knowledge and expertise and improved the structure of my book in a way that made it dramatically better. Highly recommend working with her.

Takuhiro Maeda, December 2020

Daniel Michaels
As a first time writer, I was unsure about how to improve my manuscript. But after speaking with Marisa, I now realise there are lots of ways I can improve it! Marisa gave me great and honest feedback. But equally important was the way that Marisa conveyed her vast industry knowledge. As a first time writer, I was not overwhelmed with all of Marisa's input because she delivered it clearly and...
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Daniel Michaels, December 2020

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