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 two major publishers, 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. 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.
I worked as an Acquisitions Editor for over a decade at two major publishers, Random House and Grand Central Publishing. In this role, I often built books from the ground up. I’d come up with a book idea, present it to the publisher or editorial board, and then, with a green light, I’d serve as project manager and make the book a reality. First, I’d craft an overview and conduct a competitive market analysis. Then, I’d seek out the perfect writer for the project and would work with them, hand-in-hand, to develop the manuscript. As a ghostwriter, I bring those years of experience—developing books behind the scenes of a publishing house—to the table. I have a strong understanding of what it takes to make a project saleable and how to present it to publishers in the most effective way. I've also written two books of my own (see "Writing" above).
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.
celia (at) slicemagazine (dot) org