Long before I became a book editor and collaborator, I carried stacks of books so high I had to hold them down with my chin—at the library as a child, and later as an adult at bookstores. I love books more than any other non-living thing in this world.
I have worked in publishing for my entire career. I worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster (Touchstone) and Penguin (Hudson Street Press and Plume) before launching my own business in 2012. I have a Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University, and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and English Writing from Winona State University in Minnesota. In addition to my work helping authors, I also teach two graduate courses on editing at Pace University and act as a part-time copywriter and content strategist at Gap, Inc.
My true passion is helping people transform their stories and expertise into books that readers enjoy and can benefit from. I have spent the past decade helping authors navigate every stage of the publishing process, from cultivating book ideas and querying agents to fine-tuning a manuscript before it goes to press. Whether your intent is to reach an agent, attract the attention of an editor, reach millions of readers—or all of the above—it would be my privilege to help you along your journey.
I offer a variety of services, including writing, editing, and critiques. My approach is to match my services to each individual client. This post offers even more information about how I work with my clients. However, if you aren't sure what would be best for your project, feel free to contact me. We can discuss what might be best for your work, since it's important--both to me and to the process-that you feel confident you’ve made the right choice for your work.
Hiring an expert is a big step. It’s crucial that an editor and an author have a connection beyond business. When you meet or talk to me, you will see that I’m endlessly enthusiastic, optimistic, encouraging and a little quirky. (Though I think all book people are!)
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