I help writers get their stories shaped to sell.
As an editor, I help shape powerful stories and proposals to effectively sell my client's work, while maintaining their style and integrity.
My clients are signed to agencies like CAA and William Morrow and write for publications including the The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine, Interview Magazine, Psychology Today, Cosmopolitan and Salon. I often work with my clients for years on end, and love becoming a trusted eye for long-term projects.
I also write press releases and band bios that have been used by publications like Noisey.Vice, Nylon Mag and Stereogum.
My passion is for fostering projects that give voice to valuable social perspectives, while helping ground them with poetic insight and meaningful honesty.
Find testimonials from four of my favorite clients below, and schedule a call to tell me about your project and learn if we're a fit.
get your essay or excerpt published
I am lucky to have grown as a writer and editor under the the teachings of Susan Shapiro. She's taught at the Columbia, NYU and New School's writing programs, and is the creator of the highly praised course Instant Gratification Takes Too Long.
If you're ready to get your name out and want to learn how to navigate the professional publishing world, Susan's New York City class is the most invaluable resource you can find—she has helped hundreds of students publish essays and articles in top publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and an extensive list of magazines to find top literary agents, launch careers, and sell their books.
Learn more at www.susanshapiro.com.
New York Times published author of Girl In The Woods, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins in 2015, named "beautiful and so wildly engaging" by Lena Dunham.
“Cara is an extremely sharp reader and thinker. She is an essential editor of mine—my memoir would be a different book without her. I couldn't recommend her talent more."
- Aspen Matis
New York Times, LA Times and Interview Magazine contributing author, named by Oprah Magazine “a poet to watch”.
“Cara Gramma is the story midwife—she births books. Her intuitive skill for emotional arc and discerning a work's honest power is indispensable."
- Sarah Herrington
Writer, actor and filmmaker | Broken Gardenias and Reflections of Maya Rose
"Cara has been the godmother of my book. Before meeting her, there was not really a book, merely a collection of ideas and run-on sentences. Through her thorough intuitiveness, patience, story intelligence and attentive guidance I now not only have a book but a better understanding of how to tell my story. She has the industry intelligence and a care that goes above and beyond her job description.
Cara is incredible easy to work with, extremely astute, and sharp in understanding the material and picking out what the story needs before it makes itself clear. Her grounding work has been an indispensable gift. Can't imagine working with someone more nurturing, intelligent and story savvy than her.”
"Cara has not only provided clear and constructive criticism towards each piece I’ve sent her, but does so with an honesty that would instill within any writer (no matter how experienced) a confidence knowing she will push the boundaries of what one is capable of achieving.
I have grown tremendously working with such a talented and professional editor. I feel inherent gratitude towards Cara and can recommend no one better to guide your work."
- Mason Marcobello