I’ve been an in-house acquisitions editor at HarperCollins Publishers in the Adult Trade Division, and I have a degree in Latin (Classics). I’ve worked with bestselling authors such as John Gray, Dr. Dean Ornish, Marianne Williamson, and more.
I’ve cowritten, ghostwritten, and edited many books that include the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child, and the Cinematherapy series which has sold over 340,000 copies worldwide and been dubbed a "cultural phenomenon" by USA Today. I cowrote two television specials based on Cinematherapy, which aired on the Women’s Entertainment network. I’m a member of the ASJA: American Society of Journalists and Authors.
I’ve ghostwritten a New York Times bestseller and many books from major book publishers. My clients work with me over the phone and Internet to create their works of nonfiction including memoir.
Because of my 20+ years of experience in the business wearing so many different hats, I can help you figure out what your strategy and next step should be. In conjunction with Cinematherapy and my other books, I’ve done publicity on TV and radio, online, in print, and in person at launch parties, lectures, and workshops. I know how to help you get in the media and effectively promote your book.
I’ve been on both sides of a book proposal, as the author and the acquiring editor in a publishing house. When I was an in-house acquisitions editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons/Perigee and HarperCollins/HarperPerennial, I brought potential book projects to the attention of the editorial board so that I could acquire them for my list. That's how I learned about the elements that make or break a book proposal.
I’ve also written many book proposals for myself and others that have led to successful book deals. I stay apprised of what’s happening in the book publishing business, as well as in social media and traditional media, so I know how to create a strong book proposal that will convince a publisher that the project will be profitable.
When I evaluate or help you create your book proposal, I will consider whether it's the right time for you to approach an agent with your proposal (that is, if you don’t already have an agent). If, and only if, I feel your book proposal is ready or nearly ready to be submitted, I will recommend specific agents I feel might be a good match for you. However, I only make personal recommendations to agents I’ve known for years when I truly feel the project is up their alley.
“Always current, Nancy knows what publishers want and need. With her help, I sold my first manuscript to a major publisher after only 5 submissions. Go with Nancy.”—Omar Rosales, author of The Elemental Shaman
“Nancy Peske’s support preparing my book proposal for submission was invaluable. I know that her skills and experience as an editor and writer gave me the edge that helped to get an agent and a publisher.”—Elena Mannes, author of The Power of Music: New Discoveries in the Science of Song
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