I work on nonfiction projects exclusively, with a particular emphasis on psychology, parenting, health, and smart self-help. But I think of my real specialty as the process of book development. I take an artisan approach to each project and develop a concept, structure, and voice that best express the author’s ideas.
Because I’ve also been an acquisitions editor – I’ve worked at Ballantine Books and HarperCollins – I think like an industry professional. I know what appeals to editors and agents, and they appreciate that I’ll work with them to launch their clients’ work from the strongest possible position.
I’ve worked on more than a dozen books, most published by Big Five publishers, although a few are with quality mid-sized houses like Workman. Three of the books I’ve written have been finalists for a Books for a Better Life Award, which is given to the year’s best books in practical nonfiction.
Bringing a book to life is a thrilling but time-intensive process. I work on just a few projects each year, and for that reason I usually take on only those clients who are referred to me by agents or editors.
However, I also maintain a list of excellent writers and offer a studio package. With this package, I attentively supervise the project while the writer executes most of the day-to-day work. This can be a smart option for an author who is looking for high-quality service at a reasonable price.
shape possible for submission. Plus, I’ll work closely with you to
figure out how to position the book concept and author platform.
I won’t give your client a prefab outline or prose; I’ll work with
both of you to design a book that is professional, polished,
and right for your client.