Barbara Bloom presents herself in SMALL CAPS but thinks in italics. She is a thoughtful writer and a thorough and enlightening editor. Barbara brings more than twenty years of successful publishing and communication experience to her work. She has worked for Simon & Schuster Trade and Wayne State University Press and managed the publishing program at the Norton Simon Museum. She was also a top grant writer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Barbara’s diverse career has spanned trade and academic publishing, health care, philanthropy, museums, and the performing arts. She has written and/or edited books and manuscripts, reports and newsletters, biographical profiles, press releases, brochures and direct mail, grants and proposals, radio and print ads, essays, catalogues, program notes (music), and audiobooks.


Barbara has worked with such companies and organizations as Borders, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gooding & Co., Wayne State University Press, Lawrence Technological University, PPG Industries, Dove Audio, Droste Group, Vitl Waters (Geologix, Inc.), and Little Professor Book Centers, Inc.

She has also assisted authors, artists, and musicians in developing book and grant proposals, artist statements, and media materials.


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
As director of foundation giving, Barbara wrote grant proposals as part of the hospital’s $500 million capital campaign. She also led, trained, and evaluated her team of grant writers.

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Managing the bookstore and publication program, Barbara also worked with designers, printers, and manufacturers through all stages of product development.

Simon & Schuster Trade, New York, NY
As a sales rep for S&S, Barbara presented seasonal lists to and shared marketing strategies with national accounts, wholesalers, retailers, and specialty accounts. She also trained colleagues in sales presentations and reporting and led author tours.

In addition, Barbara has educated board members and volunteers of various nonprofits about the art and science of fundraising.


University of Michigan, BA with distinction, art history
University of Chicago, certificate, manuscript editing
University of Michigan, certificate, book publishing 

Guide to Self-publishing (Editorial Services)
Literary Market Place-approved (Editorial Services)
WritersMarket.com (Editorial Services)
Editorial Freelancers Association


Speaker (ongoing), Bloomfield Township Public Library and Bloomfield Township Senior Services, “You’ve Finished Your Manuscript, Now What?”—a 90-minute workshop detailing next steps in the publishing process.


Photo by Chalmers Knight

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