Lisa provides editorial services ranging from structural and developmental editing to swift straightforward line editing and manuscript polishing. Lisa also works with writers at earlier stages of book development to create proposals, elicit and shape material, and coach progress. She has particular expertise in…
• Narrative nonfiction for general readers
• Scholarly work for academic press publication
• Memoirs & family histories
• Self-help and reference titles
• Popular fiction
• Articles & book chapters
• Marketing copy
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 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 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
Smart and deft work, which greatly improved [my] book. . . I know of no better book editor anywhere.”
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
Lisa Kaufman is . . . smart and exacting with her critiques and knows when to push you and when to apply praise. But Lisa is also compassionate and kind, and made me feel like I had a partner, not just an editor.
Lisa Kaufman has edited all of my books with patience and keen insight. She 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. What makes her special is her ability to recognize what a book wants to be; what a 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.