I am a book editor with more than 15 years' experience in New York trade publishing, working for Penguin Group (USA) and Rizzoli International. As an independent editor, I am thrilled to engage in the collaborative, hands-on developmental work there seemed to be less and less time for as an acquiring editor at a big publishing house. To me there is nothing more rewarding than going deep into a manuscript with a writer, to uncover its true potential and build on it.
My editing experience and personal reading tastes are broad in both fiction and nonfiction, but I am particularly excited about memoir, narrative journalism, cultural histories (especially when they are told through the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances), popular science, music, food and travel writing.
I began my publishing career at Viking Penguin, where over the course of a decade I acquired and edited best-selling and award-winning books across several categories for the Viking, Penguin, and Plume imprints. Highlights include: Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich (New York Times Bestseller); The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal (New York Times Bestseller); My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor (New York Times Bestseller); The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry; Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene (Washington Post Best Science Book of the Year); The Fatal Strain by Alan Sipress (Washington Post Best Science Book of the Year); and Death From the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World by Phil Plait.
In 2012 I joined Rizzoli, the venerated art publisher, where I was Senior Editor managing their non-illustrated nonfiction line, Rizzoli Ex Libris. There I acquired, edited, and project-managed a list of 10 titles per year, about half of them in translation from Italian and French, languages I speak fluently. Highlights include: The Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco; The Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson (winner of the Dolman Prize for Translation, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune); and The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton.
I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Sociology and American Studies, and live in Brooklyn with my husband and two daughters.