Client News

Deborah is delighted to share good news from some of her clients:


Nathan Englander was selected by The New Yorker as one of "20 writers for the 21st century." His first play will premiere in November, 2012. Adapted from his short story "The Twenty-seventh Man," the play will be produced by The Public Theater and directed by Barry Edelstein. Nathan worked with Deborah on this story some years ago as part of his application to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. It later became the first story in his internationally-bestselling story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.

Bianca Turetsky, after working with Deborah, has just published the first book in her Time-Traveling Fashionista series for teens with the Poppy imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Teen Vogue calls it "an enthralling read." Bianca says, "Your editing definitely set me in the right direction."

Chudney Ross, who worked with Deborah on revisions of her middle grade novel, reports that Lone Bean will be published on the summer 2012 list at HarperCollins Children's Books. Chudney, a TV host and entrepreneur, says, “After reading your editorial letter, I was actually inspired to get back to writing. Thank you, Deborah, for all your help.”

Ani Sengupta reports that seven of his short stories are included in collections to be published by Hachette India and Amar Chitra Katha, also in India. Ani says, "Thank you for all your help. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have gotten this far."

Michelle Edwards, noted author-illustrator, worked with Deborah to revise and polish Room for the Baby, a picture book text that Random House will publish in the fall of 2012. Michelle says, “Remarkable for me was how you, Deborah, were able to so clearly and efficiently help me snip, and sew, and remake this story. Many thanks.”

Sharon Reiss Baker, a member of Deborah's private writers' workshop, reports that her second picture book, All Kinds of Strong, has been accepted for publication by      Marshall Cavendish.  She writes, “Sometimes a writer needs gentle encouragement and sometimes she needs frank analysis. Thank you, Deborah, for giving me both at exactly the times I needed them. Without your spot-on comments and unflagging      support, my manuscript would still be languishing in a drawer.”

Linda Press Wulf's novel Crusade has been published in the UK by Bloomsbury Publishing. She and her agent, Judy Klein of Kleinworks Agency, report some great reviews, including 4 stars from The Bookbag.

After working through a second draft with Deborah, Linda e-mailed: “Your editorial letter made my day. Looking forward to getting back to work with your superb advice, Deborah. Thank you!”

Ann Redisch Stampler, represented by Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc., reports that Kar-Ben Publishing, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, will publish The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street. Ann, a National Jewish Book Award winner, worked with Deborah on this picture book text. She says, "Thank you for your insight, time, patience, flexibility, creativity and passion."

Paula J. Freedman, a book doctor client and a regular in Deborah's private writers' workshop, is now represented by Judith Riven Literary Agent LLC. Paula says, "Whether as a book doctor or a workshop leader, Deborah's guidance and insights were exactly what I needed. I would not have completed my first manuscript—or begun the second—if not for her critical eye and warm heart."

Poet and fiction writer Jackson Taylor’s novel, The Blue Orchard, has been released to glowing praise. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “a modern classic” and said: “In this powerful, vivid debut novel, Taylor parses issues of race, power, and religion in unflinching terms while believably inhabiting the mind of a conflicted woman.”

Jackson thanks Deborah as one of his “solid teachers and advisors” in the book’s acknowledgments page.

Rebecca O’Connell worked with Deborah on the original hardcover of The Baby Goes Beep, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. We’re happy to report that Albert Whitman has reissued this “exuberant” (Booklist) “attention-getter for squirmy toddlers” (Horn Book) as a board book.

Tami Lehman-Wilzig revised with Deborah, and now Publishers Weekly has called Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles "an outstanding new title." Her picture book, published by Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, is also a selection of The PJ Library of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Tami says, “Thank you for being my mentor, and even better, my cheerleader. I am very proud of this book.”

Ann Jaramillo author of La Línea, worked with Deborah on her new young adult novel, Looking for La Paz. Congratulations to Ann, now represented by Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary. Ann says, “Thank you, Deborah.  Your invaluable skills helped me make my new book the best it could possibly be."

Susan VanHecke’s Rock 'N’ Roll Soldier: A Memoir, coauthored by Dean Kohler, published by HarperCollins, was nominated for the Cybil Award for Nonfiction. Reviews in major journals include praise from Kirkus Reviews:

Plenty of action and suspense... Humorous and light, with a hint of despair, the narrative depicts life continuing beyond conflict.”

Deborah worked with Susan VanHecke on the first five chapters of Rock 'N’ Roll Soldier.

Sue says, “When I learned that Deborah was freelancing, I immediately got in touch. Rock 'N’ Roll Soldier was foundering—and I had one time-crunched chance to right the ship.


“Color me one satisfied Deborah Brodie client.”

“From the start, she put me at ease. ‘We can do this,’ she told me. ‘You can do this. Now, let's get to work.’ Just what I needed to hear.

“She made marvelous, insightful suggestions. And those five chapters set the tone and pace for the rest of the revision. Which got the nod from my editor at HarperCollins and kept me on the project.

“So color me one satisfied Deborah Brodie client. Rock 'N’ Roll Soldier is my seventh book; all have had different editors. In my experience, it's rare to find an editor so skilled, yet so supportive of the author. Brodie is truly gifted, and I hope to work with her again soon.”

Lisa R. Cohen, Emmy Award–winning television newsmagazine producer (60 Minutes and Primetime Live), continues to have good news about After Etan: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive. Lisa’s publisher, Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, reports a starred review by Kirkus Reviews, interviews and articles in The New York Times and Daily News, the Post, the Daily Beast, WCBS Channel 2, CNN, People Magazine,New York Magazine, 20/20, and more.

From the book’s
acknowledgments page:

“My thanks also to Deborah Brodie, who helped at a critical moment, with some well-placed words of wisdom.”

Publishers Weekly called After Etan “a standout.” From Liz Smith, national syndicated columnist: “An ongoing page-turner so full of plot twists, it often reads like a fictional thriller. Except it’s all true.”

Lisa Cohen draws on hundreds of interviews and nearly twenty years of research—including access to the personal files of the Patz family—to create “an engrossing account of a watershed missing-child case, a masterful combination of deep human interest and detailed criminal investigation” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). People Magazine gave three stars to this “gripping” book.

Deborah consulted with Nicole Geiger, Vice President and Publisher of Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House, on A Yankee at the Seder, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Younger Readers.

Kirkus Reviews noted that the book, by historian Elka Weber, “should spark discussion around the Seder table and in classrooms.” Publishers Weekly praised the “sensitively written and beautifully illustrated” picture book, with oil paintings by Adam Gustavson, in its starred review.

Heidi Estrin’s Book of Life Podcast showcases the Sydney Taylor Book Award titles on her blog tour.

Sonya Melbourne worked with Deborah on a proposal to submit to Australian publishers for her nonfiction adult book, Inspired Recovery: True Stories of Hope and Recovery from Mental Illness. Hybrid Publishers, an independent publisher specializing in nonfiction, published Inspired Recovery in May.

One hundred percent of the profits received by Sonya from book sales will be donated to registered charitable institutions, including the Mental Health Council of Australia.

From the book's acknowledgments page: “I am truly grateful to freelance editor Deborah Brodie. Your advice and encouragement have been appreciated every bit as much as your expertise, talent and professionalism.”

After working with Deborah on two novels, debut author Arlene Mark is now represented by Heather McManus and Edite Kroll of the Edite Kroll Literary agency.

Congratulations, all!