WordWorks 

Writing Coach • Developmental Editing • Manuscript Assessment

Endorsements

Shoshana’s work is tremendously powerful without ever being overpowering. She clarifies your own vision, untangles your own language. Her support in my work has been essential. To whatever degree I can now write, it is because she has shown me.”

—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Faith:Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience


During my twenty-plus year career in print and broadcast media, Shoshana Alexander is the best editor I have ever worked with. She has provided a visionary focus for my projects and has added original and sometimes brilliant insights to the subject matter. I can't imagine having written my books without her—and I wish she were available to help me edit this testimonial!”

—Wes Nisker, author of Crazy Wisdom and Buddha’s Nature: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment through Evolution

Thank you so much for your astute, generous, detailed analysis. It has been a tremendous pleasure for me to have someone of your intelligence and spiritual aspiration devote such lavish attention to my writing. You embody that blend of incisiveness and kindness that I hold high on my list of noble values.”

—Rob Brezsny, author of Pronoia and The Televisionary Oracle


Shoshana challenges and confronts both the material and its authors with a keen and discerning eye that has compassion for the complexity of the process. She's a wonderful companion and guide through the trials and triumphs of becoming an author. We love and cherish her.”

—Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons, authors of The Heart of Intimacy: How to Create an Emotionally Intimate Relationship


With her clarity of vision and brilliant sense of structure, Shoshana Alexander is an editor who allows a writer to find his or her own most authentic voice.”

—Barbara Gates, author of Already Home: A Topography of Spirit and Place


 

Shoshana’s ability to grasp the depth of a narrative, its thrust and the direction it needs to go is a gift. At a critical point in my most recent book when I had difficult choices to make, she was there with incisive, detailed editorial feedback. Shoshana works hard and fast, sensitively and responsively, with a sure intellectual grasp of the larger story.”

—China Galland, author of Longing for Darkness and The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion


Your comments are intuitive, incisive, and surfacing from a great depth. I appreciate it more than I can tell you. I trust you and your responses.”

—Fredric Matteson, creator of Contextual-Conceptual Therapy


Shoshana worked magic on my manuscript, and I am so appreciative of her professionalism and creativity. She did a terrific job of editing and made very useful suggestions. She got into my brain with ease, and I love what she did.”

—Rabbi David Zaslow

Author Support Groups

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“Shoshana's mentorship and guidance in our fiction group have been invaluable in all phases of writing my Goddess of the Stars and the Sea visionary fiction novels. They went on to become multiple-award-winning books. Shoshana has a keen and insightful sense of conceptual editing, flow, plot, character, arc—all aspects of the writing craft.”

 —Jodine Turner, Ph.D

 

“Thanks for your inspired facilitation of the fiction group. Your insights on how to improve my, and other people’s, contributions are so ‘on target.’ Thanks for the gift you are sharing with us.”

—Alissa Lukara, author of Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul

 

“Such a rarified afternoon in our memoir writing group! Thanks again for a productive and heartfelt meeting.”

—Bill Kastenberg, professor emeritus, University of  California, Berkeley

 

“Thank you for our nonfiction writers’ group. In it you’ve wrought a way for women to sound their voices into shapes that become words that can be heard in the heart and mind. I, for one, am in your debt.”

—Deedie Runkel, author of Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life

 

WordWorks Resume

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Shoshana (Tembeck) Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected non-fiction and fiction books I have worked on as
developmental editor and/or writing coach (in chronological order).

 

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The New Games Book

Ed., Andrew Fluegelman Doubleday & Co., 1976
[Co-author of the text]

Mime: A Playbook of Silent Fantasy

Kay Hamblin
Doubleday & Co., 1978
[Coached author in structuring and writing; edited final text]

Across America on the Yellow Brick Road

Virginia Mudd Madden
Crow Canyon Press, 1978
[Facilitated author in manuscript development; edited, designed and produced mechanicals for this self-published book]

To Hear the Angels Sing

Dorothy Maclean
Lorian Press, 1980
[Facilitated author in creating manuscript]

The Vipassana Journal

Souvenir Edition, 1983
Hyderabad, India
[Worked with S.N. Goenka to edit and finalize compilation of his discourses; supervised final production in India]

Spiritual Emergency: Crisis of Spiritual Emergence

Emma Bragdon
Harper & Row, 1989
[Developmental and copy editor]

To Honor the Earth

Dorothy Maclean and Kathleen Thormod Carr Harper & Row, 1990
[Edited text]

Crazy Wisdom

Wes Nisker
Ten Speed, 1990
[Developmental Editor]

In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists

Catherine Ingram Parallax Press, 1990
[Edited text]

Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space

Leonard Shlain William Morrow, 1991
[Developmental editor]

Belonging to the Universe

Fritjof Capra and Brother David Steindl-Rast Harper San Francisco, 1991
[Editing of initial transcriptions into text]

If You Don't Like the News. . .Go Out and Make Some of Your Own

Wes Nisker
Ten Speed Press, 1994
[Developmental Editor]

LovingKindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Sharon Salzberg
Shambhala, 1995
[Developmental and copy editor; substantial rewrite]

Polarioid Transfers

Kathleen Thormod Carr Amphoto Books, 1997
[Developmental and copy editor]

Working Without Pain

Bruce Oliver and Sherry Berjeron-Oliver
Pacific Institute for Alexander Technique, 1997 (self-published)
[Developmental editor and copy editor; substantial rewrite]

A Heart as Wide as the World: Living with Mindfulness, Wisdom and Compassion

Sharon Salzberg
Shambhala, 1997
[Developmental editor and writing coach]

Undefended Love

Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons
New Harbinger, 2000
[Developmental editor and writing coach]

Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment through Evolution

Wes Nisker
Bantam, 1998
[Developmental editor]

The Clock of Vipassana Has Struck

Pierluigi Confalonieri
Vipassana Research Publications of America, 1998
[Translate/edit Italian version into English]

The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion

China Galland
Riverhead, 1998
[Consultation/assessment of pre-publication manuscript]

Sorrow Mountain: The Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun

Ani Pachen & Adelaide Donnelley Kodansha International, 2000
[Developmental editor]

The Loving Dictionary: A Compendium of Positive Synonyms to Change Your Life

Marian York (Self-published, 2001)
[Developmental editor]

 

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Behavioral Anthropology: Toward an Integrated Science of Human Behavior

Theodore D. Graves
Marion Street Publishing Co., 2002)
[Developmental editor]

Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

Sharon Salzberg
(Riverhead, 2002)
[Developmental editor and writing coach; substantial involvement]

Already Home: A Topography of Spirit and Place

Barbara Gates
Shambhala, 2003
[Assessment, feedback, proposal preparation]

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

Tara Brach
(Bantam, 2003; Winner of Books for Better Living Award)
[Developmental Editor and writing coach; substantial involvement]

Enlightenment for Idiots

Anne Cushman
Random House, 2008
Named as Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels in 2008 [Developmental editor]

Saved by a Poem

Kim Rosen
(Hay House, 2009)
[Development of concept and proposal preparation]

Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History

Canyon Sam
(University of Washington Press, 2009;
Winner 2010 PEN American Center Open Book Award) [Developmental editor during inception]

Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life

Donnan Beeson Runkel XLibris, 2010
[Developmental editor]

Laughing with Leukemia: A Journey of a Lifetime

Sypko Andreae
Self-published through Finally Publishing, 2012
[Developed, edited, and designed]

Bouncing Back

Linda Graham, PhD
New World Library, Spring 2013
[Developmental and text editor]

Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call, Ultimate Magic

Two volume series, Young Adult fiction Jodine Turner
TAG publishing, 2011
[Developmental editor]

Bicycling Home: My Journey to Find God

Virginia Mudd
Sunstone Press (Santa Fe), 2014
[Developmental and text editor]

Resonance: A Photographic and Poetic Reach for Meaning

Paul Hwoschinsky Self-Published, 2013
[Developmental and text editor]

Reimagining Exodus: Interfaith Reflections on the Most
Influential Liberation Story Ever Told

Rabbi David Zaslow Paraclete Press, 2015
[Text editor]

The Winter Loon

Lori Henricks
Cougar Creek Press, 2016
[Developmental coach]

Other

“Mindfulness Daily,”

iPhone app: 40 days of 10-minute mindfulness training, with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

From Sounds True, 2015.

 

A few of the books underway with clients and with participants in my fiction and creative nonfiction writing groups:

Sapphire Scones and Other Stories from Anne Hathaway’s B & B, Donnan Runkel (memoir)

Another Place Called Home, Susan Dumond (memoir)

A Death Well-Lived: How My Husband and I Made Our Last Year Together Our Best, Carolyn Shaffer (memoir)

Swamp Exodus, Maggie McLaughlin (fiction)

True Success, Maureen Fallon-Cyr

Hard Scientist Gone Soft, William Kastenberg

Embodied Presence, Terry Ray