Beth Wareham

Beth Wareham – Editor

NY Times bestselling editor & ghostwriter with 25 years of experience in publishing. I love helping author's stories take flight.


I am a NYT bestselling developmental editor and ghost with 25 years in professional trade publishing. I specialize in food, true crime, health, wellness, business, and memoir. For the majority of my career, I was a publisher at a Big 5, prestige publishing house (Simon and Schuster, Workman). I am the force behind blockbusters such as Temple Grandin’s Animals in Translation, Geneen Roth’s Women Food and God, and Trisha Meilli’s I am the Central Park Jogger. I also created branded series, including Dr. Mark Hyman’s multi-million copy-selling Ultra series, beginning with Ultraprevention. I also brought Irma Rombauer’s iconic Joy of Cooking out of extinction for a whole new generation of readers and cooks before falling hard for digital publishing and founding a start-up digital publisher with literary agent Lisa Hagan.

I am a hands on editor, with a keen knowledge of the marketplace, and have a seasoned understanding of what makes a book connect with its audience and why. I love bringing authors into this process and watching them soar. As a former top publishing executive, I am uniquely helpful in creating proposals and platforms that speak directly to acquisitions editors, sell to trade publishers, and find their audience in the marketplace. I help authors to find their voice, shape their narrative, and release the magic.

"I have worked with Beth for years and watched her with a wide range of authors, always getting the best possible book out of every one of them. And, they have a blast! "

- Beverly West, Cinematherapy

"Her skills are superlative. She takes action. Gets things done. And makes you laugh and smile all along the way. Beth is a pro…especially in the publishing industry."

- Susan Becker Cope, Joy of Cooking

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing History Nature Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2010 — Present

In addition to working with independent writers, I founded a start-up digital publisher with literary agent Lisa Hagan and now consult for a Silicon Valley-based private publishing company.

Simon & Schuster

Jan, 1997 — Jan, 2010 (about 13 years)

I developed and published a list of between 15 and 20 titles each year in the category of food, health, memoir, and wellness.

Workman Publishing

Jan, 1994 — Jan, 1997 (about 3 years)

Managed a large department of publicists and oversaw all aspects of the book selling process, key skills when editing books to sell.

Beth has 6 reviews





Judy K.

Judy K.

Nov, 2023

If we could give Beth Wareham 10 stars, we would. She’s intelligent, warm, skilled, and knowledgeable. She dives deep and pares down to the essence. She knows the field from start to finish. We can’t recommend her more highly.
Lee C.

Lee C.

Oct, 2023

Beth has been a wonderful collaborator. Responsive, inquisitive, interested, professional and effective. She's helped me navigate the publishing process and has been a valued partner to bounce ideas. Bringing years of experience, she's helped me home my writing and focus deeply on the target audience and framing their benefits from reading my work. It's been delightful working with her. Highly ...
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Beth W.
There's really no other way to say it - Lee is a dream client. Smart, great writer, moves with excellence. I am so grateful to work with him and learn more of what he knows. This is what collaborat...
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Brent S.

Brent S.

Sep, 2023

Beth was just what I needed as a new author. She brought a caring, personable approach that guided me through the process of editing. She was the only editor that asked to talk on the phone and see a copy of my manuscript before offering me a quote on her work. She helped facilitate a relationship before we started working together then consistently stayed in contact as we went through my bo...
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Beth W.
Thank you, Brent! The great thing about being a book editor is you are always learning and I received tons of new information from your book. Why We Hurt is really going to help people and, at the ...
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Jul, 2023

Great relationship until end when Beth took on a second ;project at which time she let me down.
Beth W.
Jack: You're still a bit confused on this. My part of this project was complete.
John P.

John P.

May, 2023

Ernest Hemingway once said of writing, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” I would add, “Your editor will make it true in the heart of your reader.” Like light through a prism, Beth W. changed the simple truths of my book into a spectrum of truth for my readers. Her wealth of experience and industry knowledge transforms the mundane into the ...
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Beth W.
John, you've been writing a lot. I can tell by how smooth your review reads. Get to work. You've got more to say!

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