Superpower //making the impossible inevitable. using language to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rachel Neumann specializes in creating books that you pick up before knowing why you picked them up and don’t put down until they’re done. For the past 15 years, she has worked in book publishing in New York and California with an emphasis on developing culture-shifting narrative nonfiction.
As Publisher and Editorial Director of Parallax Press, Rachel transformed a small nonprofit into a multimillion-dollar trade publisher. She used her gift for finding books that make spiritual concepts useful to daily life to create Thich Nhat Hanh’s best-selling 8-book Mindfulness Essentials series. As the Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Shambhala Publications, Rachel focused on developing diverse and underrepresented authors in wellness, psychology, health, politics, and creative living. She has co-created two successful children’s imprints and has worked with publishers large and small on expanding and diversifying their audiences.
Rachel has been the personal editor and collaborator for internationally-revered teachers Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, as well as dozens of other best-selling authors. She is the author of four books. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, and other national and international publications.
Rachel is based in the Bay Area and speaks and teaches regularly around the country.
She’s happiest in the ocean, in the middle of a good book, or upside down. Not all at once.