The Fine Print


As a writer, I have published 18 books in various genres: fiction, poetry, memoir, essays. I have been particularly interested in writing the kind of memoir that, although true, reads like fiction. All this has made me very familiar with the tasks and stages of creativity, and with the publishing process.
As an editor I have edited, among many others: Alice Walker; Lillian Rubin; Michael Rogin; Susan Griffin; Michael Lerner; Renate Stendhal; Catherine Galligher; Paul Belasic, Lise Weil… Here too, I have been working with a variety of genres—fiction, poetry, memoir, academic writing, sociology…
I am particularly skilled at developmental editing, from the very first emergence of an idea to its elaboration and development as a book. I also have a knack for taking a promising first draft and helping it find its achieved form. First drafts and second drafts require a distinctive type of creativity. Writing is made a good deal easier when this distinction is understood.
As a consultant I have developed a unique way to work with creative people. I don’t believe in writing blocks—there’s always something going on that needs to be understood when writing comes to a halt. And there’s often simply a question of word-fatigue that isn’t recognized or can’t be honored because of the drive to finish a project. I believe that writing is a form of play; it is our task to figure out what is keeping it from being playful.



Reading a manuscript, making a 4-6 page report, meeting for an hour of consultation: $1500.

Typical Price for editing a complete manuscript: $5000

Consultation: Sliding scale: $120-$175.00 for a 50 minute session (can be weekly, bi-weekly, etc.)

Editing: Sliding scale: $120-$175.00 an hour (I can usually edit between 15-20 pages in an hour)





My First Year In The Country
Shebooks, 2014
List Price: $2.99

Lesbian Marriage: A Love and Sex Forever Kit, 2014
List Price: $4.95

Everywhere a Guest, Nowhere at Home
North Atlantic Books, 2009
List Price: $14.95

The Seven Pillars of Jewish Denial: Essays
North Atlantic Books, 2004
List Price: $11.95

The Girl Who Went and Saw and Came Back
EdgeWork Books, 2002.
List Price: $24.95

The Woman Who Gave Birth To Her Mother
Viking-Penguin, New York, 1998
paperback, Viking-Penguin, 1999.
List Price: $23.95 Hardcover.

My Life as a Boy
Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, May 1997.
List Price: $16.95 for Hardcover.

Cecilia Bartoli: The Passion of Song
(with Renate Stendhal),
Harper Collins, New York, December 1996
paperback Women’s Press, London, 1999.
Hardcovers are first editions.
List Price: $24.95 for Hardcover.

In My Father’s Garden
Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, August 1996.
List Price: $17.95 for Hardcover.

A Different Kind of Listening: My Psychoanalysis and Its Shadow
Harper Collins, New York, 1995
List Price: $12.00

Crossing the Border: An Erotic Journey
Women’s Press, London, 1994
List Price: limited availability

Sex and Other Sacred Games
(with Renate Stendhal),
Crown/Times Books, New York, 1989
hardcover, Ballantine Books, 1990
List Price: limited availability

Reinventing Eve: Modern Woman in Search of Herself
Times Books, New York, 1987
paperback Harper & Row, New York, 1988;
List Price: $16.95 Hardcover, $13.00 Paperback.

The Flame Bearers: A Novel
Random House, New York, 1986
paperback, Harper & Row, New York, 1987 or
First Perennial Library Edition, Times Books, New York, 1987.
Hardcovers are first editions.
List Price: limited availability

The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity
Times Books, New York, 1985
paperback Harper & Row, New York, 1986
These are first editions.
List Price: Hardcover no longer available, $13.95 Paperback.

In My Mother’s House: A Daughter’s Story
Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1983
newer paperback Virago, London, 1985.
List Price: $14.95 Hardcover, $14.00 Paperback.

The Hunger Song (Poems)
The Menard Press, London, 1982.
List Price: limited availability

The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness
Harper & Row, 1981
paperback Harper & Row. New York, 1982.
These books are first editions.
List Price: $12.95

There are Five Manuscripts I haven’t yet wanted to Publish.
They are available in my archive at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliff.


june, 2014

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