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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Christopher Lura, Developmental Editor

Christopher Lura is a developmental editor who works with scholars and journalists to prepare book manuscripts for publication.  

With a strong editorial background in both humanities and social science publishing, Chris has substantial industry experience turning manuscripts into successful books. He helps authors hone language and organization, develop outlines, sharpen arguments and storytelling, and enhance phrasing and logic across transitions. He works regularly with authors who publish in leading academic journals and national publications including the New York TimesArt in America, and The Guardian

Prior to working independently for publishers and writers, Chris edited and developed award-winning manuscripts in the acquisitions department at University of California Press. He also previously worked as an editor in the publications department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and as the editor-in-chief of a grant-funded publication of literature and criticism in San Francisco.