Endorsements from a few of my developmental-editing clients.


I help everyone from beginners to accomplished professionals bring their first novels, memoirs and story collections to fruition.

I’m a historian, and I’d been working on a historical novel. Michele taught me to throw out the boring bits, to develop my characters, to move smoothly from one scene to the next, to use dialog sparingly, to slow down, to bring a scene to life with a few details. She helped me find my voice while never imposing hers. It was hard work, but we were both happy with the result.

Patrick Coffey

Cathedrals of Science
American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War

For the past year I’ve been working with Michele Herman on my novel, and I recommend her without reserve as an editor. I’m greatly impressed by her ability to see what needs to be done to make my writing stronger. She is honest in her feedback—but she always gives it in a way that is respectful of the work and helpful in my process. I’ve learned a great deal from her about fiction writing, and my novel has vastly improved under her wise counsel.

Nan Fink Gefen

Author: Clear Lake (She Writes Press, 2013), Stranger in the Midst (Basic Books, 1997) and Discovering Jewish Meditation (Jewish Lights, 1999)
Editor: Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty