Carol Williams

Bringing books to life


"...Manages to combine the philosophical and practical sides of gardening with grace and wisdom." Michael Pollan

Editor of "The Reenchantment of Everyday Life", "The Soul of Sex" by Thomas Moore. "Loving What Is" by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell.



Carol Williams is a writer, free-lance book editor, and gardener. Her book, "Bringing A Garden To Life", Bantam Books 1998, was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. Michael Pollan commended it as "Consisting of equal parts of instruction and delight". Subsequently she was a contributing editor at House and Garden magazine for eight years, writing both columns and feature articles. She currently writes on garden topics for Martha Stewart Living and on landscape and architecture for other publications.

(For information about books and articles, click on "Writing" above.)

Most of the non-fiction books she has edited have been about psychology, spirituality and religion for mainstream houses, such as Harper Collins, Broadway Books, and Harmony. Some were for more specialized publishers, like Shambhala and Hay House. Among the authors she has worked with are Thomas Moore, Stephen Mitchell, and Byron Katie. She is also interested in—and has experience with—more worldly topics.

(For information about editing services click on"Editing Services"above.)

Williams was born in London, England, went to high school in New York City, and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY where she also works as a garden consultant, helping people to do their own gardening.


Book review excerpts:


".. Williams has crafted an unusually lyrical garden primer…She conveys her enthusiasm to readers in apparently effortless, graceful prose. ..Williams' practical, lucid guide is a source of delight for experienced gardeners and encouragement for novices". Publishers Weekly, starred review.
"I was captivated ...This is a book about gardens and about life. And whether your bit of earth is a window box or the glades and alles of the Petit Trianon, it makes you want to get your hands into the dirt." The Nation.

Comments from editing clients:


“I have been working with editors for forty years on almost twenty books. I’m rather exacting and not easily satisfied. I can say that Carol Williams is the best editor I’ve ever collaborated with. …She can craft a sentence and shape a book. She is mature, thoughtful, and truly educated. Any writer would be fortunate to have her as a co-worker”.
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and eighteen other books.

"Carol Williams is a fine editor. She understands a book's language and helps it become what it dreams of being".
Stephen Mitchell, Translator ( Rilke, Tao te Ching, Gilgamesh), non-fiction co-writer with Byron Katie (Loving What Is, A Thousand Names for Joy), poet.