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What Others Say

“When our agent suggested we work with Harriet Bell on our book proposal and first book, we had no idea what a great decision that would be. She took our information, including some fairly complex science, and repackaged it in a way that made it much more engaging and interesting to the reader.  She also kept the manuscript in our voices and never oversimplified our message. In addition to her work on the manuscript, her expertise came through in other areas.  She has many contacts in the industry and was able to talk directly to the editors and publisher to clarify and champion the book’s content and direction. In the end, The New ME Dietwas a far better book than what we could have ever written ourselves. We can’t thank you enough, Harriet, for all your excitement, guidance, and support with this book. We hope to work with you again.”
— Jade Teta and Keoni Teta

"I’ve known Harriet for more than 25 years, first as an in-house editor, then as a publisher, and now as a freelance editor/ghostwriter/consultant.  Harriet knows the publishing business  from all sides - - authors, agents,and, of course the publishers themselves. She recognizes a great idea when she sees one and helps nurture it from a concept to a book.   She’s an insightful and creative writer and a pleasure to work with.” — Susan Ginsberg, Literary Agent, Writers House

“A few years ago we had an idea to write a little book for women called The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business. A kick-ass editor named Harriet Bell believed in it and in us, and helped us create a book that inspired enough women for it to become a BusinessWeek bestseller. Thanks to Harriet's expertise, smarts, and editing know-how, we have written we four Girl’s Guide books. Without her we would still be just two girls with a good idea. Thanks, Harriet!”
— Caitlin Friedman and Kim Yorio

"I count myself very fortunate to have worked with Harriet Bell on my book The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy.  I am convinced that it is largely due to her hard work and good advice that my project has been such a satisfying success.  We completed the book on schedule and on budget, and her advice at every stage was right on target.  I am excited to work with her on my next book, too!"
— Charles Curtis, MW

"Harriet Bell worked with us to create a beautiful, inspiring, and authentic book on Latin entertaining called Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass. From our first meeting she listened to our ideas and embraced our vision. Throughout the process she kept us on track, while allowing for ample creative freedom. Always there to take our questions and offer solid advice and support, her influence never waned.  In fact, once the book came out, she got us a one-hour prime time spot on the Food Network! She is the kind of clever and witty person you WANT at your dinner party. But also, the kind of editor you NEED for a successful book. If we had to edit this quote, we'd leave it at: "Harriet Bell is simply marvelous."
 — Carolina Buia and Isabel C. González

“Harriet Bell is a dream! Within five minutes of chatting with Harriet, I knew she was just the person to write my first book proposal. She expertly and lovingly helped me transform an outline into a proposal that captured the attention of top publishers. She was a joy to work with and shared my passion and energy for the project. I’ll always be grateful to Harriet for turning my dream of publishing a book into a reality.” 
— Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time

"She's really devoted and really dedicated to any project she works on. We love Harriet Bell. Hurray for Harriet!"
— Isaac Mizrahi


I can help turn your idea, proposal, or manuscript into a book that publishers will want to publish and consumers will want to buy. My experience and knowledge of the book, ebook, and self-publishing industries make me a valuable asset to your nonfiction project.

My services include:

Proposal and manuscript evaluation
Developmental, structural, and line editing
Book packaging and project management—from concept to bound books
Writing, rewriting, and ghostwriting from proposals to books to website copy
Propose selling titles, subtitles, and reading lines
Create marketing points that focus on why your book stands out and why you are the person to write it

As an experienced book editor, publisher, collaborator, and literary consultant, I work in a wide variety of categories.

Some of the books and projects I've worked on

list titles of books


I bring more than thirty years of experience to each book or project and have held executive positions at major publishing houses such as Random House and HarperCollins. I've launched book careers that led to TV careers, placed authors on the New York Times bestsellers list, and helped writers win prestigious awards. I am a member of Women's Media Group and the Independent Editors Group (, the premier professional affiliation of New York City-based, freelance editors/book doctors/ghostwriters who work with writers, editors, publishers, and agents in book publishing.

Areas of Expertise

Cookbook and Culinary Arts
Health and Wellness
Illustrated books
Lifestyle and Design
Wine and Spirits