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Harriet Bell


Harriet Bell  |

I work with authors, publishers, and literary agents on project development, proposal writing, developmental and line editing, and ghostwriting. I describe what I do as follows: “I climb into your head and put your voice and your thoughts on paper. My job is to help you communicate your message and achieve your vision.” I joined the Independent Editors Group after more than twenty-five years as a publisher and editor specializing in nonfiction at Harmony Books, William Morrow/Hearst Books, Broadway Books, and William Morrow/HarperCollins.

I published many successful nonfiction and illustrated titles, including SuperFoods Rx and SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steve Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews, Vera Wang on Weddings by Vera Wang, The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kim Yorio, and Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, From Cocaine to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson.

I was Vice-President and Publisher of William Morrow Cookbooks. Prior to Morrow, I was Vice President, Executive Editor at Broadway Books, where I developed Broadway’s award-winning cookbook program. Deborah Madison, Patricia Wells, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Emeril Lagasse, Cheryl and Bill Jamison, Sally Schneider, Patti LaBelle, and Tom Douglas are among some of the many authors whose cookbooks I edited and published.

Areas of expertise: Business, cooking, diet, fitness, health and lifestyle, advice/how to, illustrated books, memoir, narrative nonfiction, popular psychology, reference, sports, and wine. While my professional scope is broad, I do not edit works of fiction. Visit for more information.


On a daily basis, sometimes several times a day, Harriet and I would bandy about words and ideas. I call her my ‘collaborator,’ though she hates the word and says it conjures up visions of Vichy France. She is the ultimate professional, and I quickly came to understand and appreciate her ability and judgment. Harriet has helped turn my sometimes ponderous ramblings into something readable, a book.
— Mark Russ Federman, Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built
To Harriet Bell, I extend my enduring gratitude and profound thanks for her patient, kind, and artful hand throughout the writing process. Harriet always managed to gently ask the right question or wisely offer a suggestion to get me unstuck, all with abundant good humor.
— Deborah Carlisle Solomon, author of Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child the RIE Way