I'm the author of two essay collections, Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Penguin/Perigee) and Dancing With Mrs. Dalloway: Stories of the Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature (Penguin/Perigee). I also edited the anthology 100 Great Poems for Girls (Grand Central Publishing). My articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and Spirit magazine, among others.
I worked as an acquisitions editor for over a decade at Random House and Grand Central Publishing. Over the course of my career, I've worked on a broad range of titles. Fiction. Nonfiction. Commercial. Literary. Sometimes I worked with celebrities. Other times I introduced debut authors to the marketplace. Many of my books were award-winners and New York Times bestsellers. I also developed several books from the ground up. In those cases, I pitched an original idea to our editorial board and then, once approved, served as project manager, developing the concept, finding a writer, and so on.
At the core, I aimed to edit the kind of book you just can't put down, the kind that makes you miss your subway stop or keep your light on for an extra hour, despite that early-morning presentation. And, to that end, I'm a master at pacing, plotting, and restructuring. After I left publishing to live the good life in Maine, I couldn't give up book editing. So I freelance. I edit manuscripts, develop proposals, and help devise game plans for pitching books to agents. If you're interested in connecting with me on a project, I can be reached at celia (at) slicemagazine (dot) org.
I'm the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Slice, a literary nonprofit dedicated to sparking unique conversations between emerging writers, established writers, and the publishing community. Slice publishes a semi-annual literary magazine and hosts an annual writers' conference in Brooklyn. Slice has been featured in Time Out New York, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Poets & Writers.