Have you ever had a chance encounter with someone who changed your life forever? Nita Prose did and wrote a bestseller about it. Allowing herself to follow her curiosity was key and it paid off—The Maid is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and is deserving of every accolade it has received.


Nita Prose is a longtime editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. What drew her from a job as a special needs teacher to a career as an editor? What motivates her most when working on an author’s manuscript? How did she make the leap from being an editor to having a smash-hit debut novel? Listen in to uncover the answers to these questions as well as learn the newfound appreciation Nita Prose has for authors after walking in their shoes.


  • Why Nita made the leap from special education teacher to editor.
  • Nita’s perspective on a successful editor/author relationship.
  • How she taps into empathy while editing an author’s work and how she tapped into empathy while writing her debut novel.
  • How the idea of The Maid came to her and why it’s so important for authors to follow their curiosity.
  • How she has dealt with success of her debut novel and what she’s learned about being an author that she can now use when working as an editor.


  • Always be curious. Nita followed her curiosity about what it’s like to be a hotel room maid and turned it into a #1 bestselling novel.
  • Write what you know. Nita leaned on her experiences as a special needs teacher to inform key elements of her protagonist.
  • Love what you do. Nita loves working with authors to make their work as good as it can be. Loving what you do is a true blessing and a key to a successful career.
  • It’s never too late. Nita’s debut novel came out when she was 49. You are never too old to follow your dreams!
  • Success never comes overnight. Nita’s debut novel The Mai” went on to be a best-seller, but she had a long career before ever seeing success as an author.


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I love working with my authors and I love being involved in their creative processes and helping them survive it and get through on the other side. I didn’t have a master plan to write a debut novel. In 2019, I went to the London book fair, and I was staying in a London area hotel, and I stepped out for a bit for a meeting and came back at an unusual hour in the morning. I opened my hotel room door, and completely startled the maid who was cleaning it. And I remember her, you know, jumping backwards into a dark corner. The highly embarrassing part is that she had my pants in her hands, because I’d gone for a run that morning and I left my sweatpants in a tangled mess on my bed. And she was holding those and looking shocked to see me and I just thought to myself, wow, it’s such an intimate and invisible job to be a room maid. You know, she’d been cleaning my room for days, so she knew so much about me, but I knew nothing about her. So that’s, how it started. A few days later, I was on my plane ride home after my trip and that’s when it started to really gel for me. I started to hear Molly’s voice, the protagonist from The Maid, and it was crisp, it was clean, and precise and it was polished to perfection. And I heard it, I heard it just like that. And I grabbed the napkin from under my drink because I didn’t have any paper and I started to write what is now the prologue to the book in a single burst. And that is when, even though I didn’t know it at the time, I started my debut novel.

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