Playing with my all-female alternative pop band Life After Tarzan at Café Wha? in NYC in my junior editorial assistant days

Nancy Peske worked in the editorial departments at Basic Books, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and HarperCollins Publishers (Adult Trade Division) before she became a freelance writer, developmental editor, and book publishing consultant and collaborated on books that became bestsellers, award-winners, and “evergreen” titles that sell year after year.

With Jane Fonda, my coauthor Bev West, and Lily Tomlin at a Cinematherapy event in NYC.

With Jane Fonda, my coauthor Bev West, and Lily Tomlin at a Cinematherapy event celebrating the movie 9 to 5, in NYC.

At HarperCollins, Nancy acquired books in the areas of pop culture and psychology and was the in-house liaison and editor for best-selling authors such as John Gray (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus) and Dean Ornish (Eat More, Weigh Less).

Nancy also evaluated novels and nonfiction books for Quality Paperback Book Club and The Literary Guild. Her BA in Classics/Latin helped her develop her line-editing skills.

A casualaboutnancyhumor remark by a colleague in an editorial meeting inspired Nancy to come up with Meditations for Men Who Do Next to Nothing (And Would Like to Do Even Less) by “Lee Ward Shore.” (She wrote it with her cousin and publishing colleague, Beverly West). Although the first round of nine submissions yielded no nibbles, in the next round of six, the book was bought by Warner Books and went on to four printings, an Italian sale, and a grand total of 60,000 copies sold. Nancy and Bev went on to write How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time on $5 a Day and Frankly Scarlett, I DO Give a Damn!: Classic Romances Retold (which earned a positive review in the New York Times Book Review) before writing their wildly successful Cinematherapy: The Girl’s Guide to Movies for Every Mood.

 became a “cultural phenomenon” according to USA Today. The six-book Cinematherapy series sold over 340,000 copies in all editions worldwide and became a prime time show on Women’s Entertainment that ran for ten years. The bestselling Cinematherapy series is even a part of Wikipedia now.aboutnancycinematheray

Nancy cowrote two prime time TV specials based on Cinematherapy, one for Valentine’s Day and one focused on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. The specials aired on WE to millions of viewers.

In the early 2000s, Nancy’s toddler son was diagnosed with sensory integration dysfunction/sensory processing disorder and multiple developmental delays, which inspired her to create the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child, written with her son’s occupational therapist, Lindsey Biel, OTR/L. The definitive handbook for parents of kids with sensory issues, Raising a Sensory Smart Child was published in 2005 and won two awards, garnered multiple rave endorsements and reviews, and went into ten printings before Penguin Books reissued it as an expanded, updated edition; it was updated again in 2018. Nancy has a site and blog dedicated to being a Sensory Smart Parent.

Nancy’s professional work for others now includes cowriting, ghostwriting, developmental editing, and consulting on book projects. She writes screenplays and is working on a novel. When Nancy isn’t at her desk, she is likely to be walking in the woods somewhere, biking to the lakefront near her home, watching movies and TV with her husband and son, or passionately discussing with friends and family topics such as spirituality, current, and methods for keeping critters away from her tulips (suggestions welcome).

Books are Nancy’s passion, and mind/body/spirit nonfiction (self-help and inspirational memoir) is her core genre although she also loves a good business book or novel about women’s lives.

Nancy and Christiane Northrup

At the I Can Do It! conference in New York City with client Dr. Christiane Northrup (we worked together on her bestseller Goddesses Never Age)

Nancy’s sunny office is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but she works with clients located around the globe, from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to Chile, Sweden, Canada, and elsewhere.

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