Welcome! I am former editor with a Big Five house in New York City who is now an independent book editor based in Los Angeles working with my clients to elevate their vision on projects of all kinds.
Before taking a flying leap west in 2010, I spent twelve years in the New York City with HarperCollins Publishers where I was a Senior Editor acquiring for imprints Willliam Morrow and Harper Perennial. Books that I acquired and published include: Willy Vlautin’s THE MOTEL LIFE, NORTHLINE, and LEAN ON PETE, Marjorie Hart’s SUMMER AT TIFFANY; Daniel James Brown’s THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE and UNDER A FLAMING SKY (reprint); Sara James and Ginger Mauney’s THE BEST OF FRIENDS; Catherine Hanrahan’s LOST GIRLS AND LOVE HOTELS, Jennifer Sey’s CHALKED UP; Marina Palmer’s KISS & TANGO; Sarah Hall’s DAUGHTERS OF THE NORTH and HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN; Lola Jaye’s BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS; Lisa Jewell's VINCE & JOY and 31 DREAM STREET; Michael Zadoorian’s THE LEISURE SEEKER; and Amy Allen's THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO PRADA, amongst others.
Some of my previous freelance projects include: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (St. Martin’s); THREE SOULS, DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD, and the forthcoming THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS by Janie Chang (HarperCollins Canada & William Morrow); ON THE COME UP by Hannah Weyer (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese); HINDSIGHT by Mindy Tarquini (Sparkpress); THE HEART OF WAR by Kathleen J. McInnis (Post Hill Press/Simon & Schuster); and LOVE REHAB by Jo Piazza (Open Road Media).
A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, I was a member of the annual faculty of the Colgate Writers’ Conference from 2006-2010 and guest faculty for the fall 2009 session of Colgate’s “Living Writers” course. I have also been guest faculty or a speaker at the following programs dedicated to writers: the SDSU Writers’ Conference; Writing Workshops LA: The Conference; the UC-Riverside/Palm Desert M.F.A. Program; USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program; the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, the James River Writers’ Conference; the South Carolina Writers’ Conference; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; the Surrey International Writers’ Conference; the Ohio State University Writers’ Conference; the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books, and Grub Street’s “The Muse and the Marketplace.”
Outside of book publishing, I volunteer with A Walk on Water where I am an advisor to the Board of Directors, Pure Stoke, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, and THERAsurf, all heart-driven organizations that offer surf therapy experiences to children with disabilities. I’ve also been a wish granter with the Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have mentored fifth graders writing their first screenplays with the Young Storytellers Foundation. During my years in New York City, I began to mentor Regine Roy when she was a sixteen-year-old student at Washington Irving High School. Seventeen years later, she’s still in my life and has created her own extraordinary organization, Queen Geniuses, to empower teenage girls from low-income communities. If you’d like to support the work of any of these groups with a miniphilanthropy donation, I would be so grateful.