Lisa Kaufman was for seventeen years marketing director and senior editor of the renowned nonfiction book publisher PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Before that she worked at Viking and Penguin both as an editor and as advertising & promotions manager; as a senior editor at Birch Lane/Citadel; as editorial assistant to the associate publisher of Random House, and as an assistant to writer James A. Michener, and as an intern at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. For more than a decade she taught the advanced class at The Writers Studio. She is a member of the board of the literary journal Epiphany.
Books she has edited have been New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles times bestsellers; won Overseas Press Club, California, Harry Chapin, Action Against Hunger, Exceptional Merit in Media, and Lysander Spooner awards; been finalists for the Helen Bernstein, Christopher, Ralph Gleason, and Books for a Better Life awards; and been New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, and Christian Science Monitor Notable or Best Books of the Year.
Lisa’s clients have included
Open Society Institute, Penguin Books, Portfolio/Current, PublicAffairs
Random House, Running Press, Times Books, Simon & Schuster, University of Texas Press, and Viking.
James A. Michener
G. Wayne Miller
Letty C. Pogrebin
“In Lisa Kaufman, I have found the ideal editor—a woman of refined intelligence and sophisticated literary sensibilities who gently steered my book into its final port.”
“Smart and deft work, which greatly improved [my] book. . . I know of no better book editor anywhere.”
“Lisa’s editorial suggestions and questions were of tremendous benefit.”
“Lisa Kaufman took on the onerous task of herding my different aspirations in writing my book and provided thoughtful and sensitive counsel at every stage of the venture. Thanks, Lisa, for helping me keep the reader foremost in my thoughts.”
“My glorious editor, Lisa Kaufman, one of the most brilliantly funny and serene women I have ever met, very quickly showed me that she could literally get inside my head, get a grasp of my story, and effortlessly help me make it into a cohesive narrative. She seemed magically to become an extension of my own passion and mental picture for my book. More than I ever dreamt possible, she nurtured me every step of the long writing journey and helped me express my tale with a clarity that would have eluded me.”
“Lisa Kaufman read the book, took it apart, and then helped to put it back together in its present form. She is an editor of extraordinary intelligence.”
“Lisa Kaufman has edited all of my books with patience and keen insight . . . . Lisa has a genius for being able to read a 90,000 word manuscript, digest the entire thing, and then explain how it needs to be organized to make it better. I am extremely lucky to have such a skilled editor and dear friend.”
“I’ve had a lot of good editors but I don’t hesitate to say the best of them so far has been Lisa Kaufman. Good editors do what writers can’t do for themselves: they tell you where your manuscript lags, where it’s ’ missing something, where it says too much, where it’s going off on a tangent—and Lisa does all this consummately. What makes her special, however, is her ability to recognize what a book wants to be, what a writer (or at least this writer) is trying to create. In my experience, her edits and suggestions go toward realizing the writer’s own intention, which is why I would love to have her edit any book of mine.”
“Lisa gave invaluable advice and criticism every step of the way. All writers should have such a thoughtful editor.”