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Beth Rashbaum

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Beth Rashbaum

A veteran of over thirty-five years in publishing, I have worked at a number of publishers including Bantam Dell/Random House, Little, Brown and Co., Avon Books, and Macmillan Publishing Co. I edit nonfiction only, but within that boundary everything from memoir to biography and autobiography, history, popular science, investigative journalism, psychology, Judaica, health and wellness, and yoga. I also edit and write proposals, and do ghostwriting and collaborations. I was co-author, with Olga Silverstein, of The Courage to Raise Good Men.

My specialty is in-depth re-working of the text, including re-structuring, re-writing, heavy line editing, and cutting. But I also know when to step back and apply only the most delicate of touches if the quality of the manuscript merits such light treatment. I love helping writers who have something serious to say to express it with elegance, efficiency, and clarity. I have worked on Pulitzer Prize–winning books, National Book Award finalists, and a number of New York Times bestsellers, including: In Pieces, Sally Field; The Four Tendencies and Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin; Provence 1970, Luke Barr; House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout; The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow; The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder; Little Heathens, Mildred Kalish; Mother-Daughter Wisdom, Christiane Northrup, M.D.; Peace, Love & Healing, Bernie Siegel, M.D. (ghosted); Revolution from Within, Gloria Steinem; The Trial of Socrates, I. F. Stone.

Other authors I’ve worked with include Dr. Edith Eger, Richard M. Cohen, Heather Ann Thompson, Richard Prum, David Willman, Daniel Coyle, Kate Moses, Nancy Jenkins, Elizabeth Hess, William Ury, Peggy Brill, Timothy McCall, M.D., Masha Gessen, Eileen Welsome, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., Yaffa Eliach, John Edgar Wideman, Ethel Spector Person, M.D., and many others.


Thank you for your brilliant, hard-working, detail-oriented mind, for the generous gift of your skill and for giving me - many times over my dead body - the education that I did not have. You have been relentlessly supportive and deeply kind. You never pulled your punches or backed away from my defensive reactions.
— Sally Field, In Pieces
Beth Rashbaum has a relentless eye for excellence, and her editorial suggestions and insights improved every page of my work.
— Gretchen Rubin, The Four Tendencies; Better than Before
Beth turned her lack of scientific background into an asset, diving into our prose and providing invaluable input and guidance regarding both clarity and theme. [She] stuck with the manuscript, and did it in good cheer, whether the discussion centered around the placement of a comma or the impossibility of embedding a negative curvature surface axisymmetrically in flat space.
— Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design
Beth Rashbaum was an insightful, meticulous, and dedicated editorial partner. She became passionately engaged with the topic, and her perceptive comments challenged me to make my arguments more clearly and effectively. She was a pleasure to work with, and I am looking forward to the next opportunity!
— Richard Prum, The Evolution of Beauty