Beth Wareham

Beth Wareham - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

New York Times bestselling developmental editor & ghostwriter with 25 years experience in non-fiction - memoir, crime, health, food

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I am a NYT bestselling developmental editor and ghost with 25 years in professional trade publishing. I specialize in food, true crime, health, wellness, 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 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

"You know Beth, I have never even done a book report! A few years ago I stumbled on an idea that compelled me to assemble words in a way that could be understood. Ideas shaped ideas and now this manuscript is the fourth I have written in an attempt to publish my passion. I have never had an editor that was able to so elegantly leave me on the page. I’m grateful to you! Your talent gives my talent hope that I can really do this, and this long journey will come to fruition."
- Audrey Stevens, goalsmasher

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

Work experience

Founder, CEO, Receptionist, Editor, Writer

January, 2010 – Present (about 13 years)

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
January, 1997 – January, 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.

Director of Publicity

Workman Publishing
January, 1994 – January, 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.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The All New All Purpose: Joy of Cooking

Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker

Beth has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Audrey Steven
Beth has accomplished what no other editor has been able to do: she has found the diamond in my work, smoothed out the rough edges, honed it to shine, and set it in place to catch the light, like a master jeweler. Thanks to her input, I am a better writer, and I have gained a deeper understanding of my focus, my voice, and my mission. This is not my first experience working with an editor; in f...
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Audrey Steven, March 2023

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