Cecelia A. Cancellaro, Founder

Word builds on Cecelia’s passion to bring intellectually and politically important writing to as wide a readership as possible. She specializes in work that promotes diversity and equality, highlights underrepresented voices and stories, and advances social change.

Prior to founding Word, Cecelia spent her entire professional career in and around the world of book publishing. She was an acquisitions editor at Routledge Press for twelve years and at Schocken Books in the Knopf Publishing Group of Random House for three. In 2000, she co-founded Idea Architects, a creative book development company, with Doug Abrams, to help writers conceive, shape, write, and publish their work.

After three decades working with scholars and public intellectuals, Cecelia feels strongly that one need not compromise scholarly integrity to write a compelling and marketable book. Much of her professional energy is spent helping writers to achieve this balance successfully.

Cecelia lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her two daughters.

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