Since going freelance in 2003, I've edited New York Times bestsellers and helped clients on their way to deals with Big Five publishers, foreign publishers, and production companies. Self-published clients have generously funded their books on Kickstarter, and earned a monthly income from their sales.
Most important, though, I love working together with a writer to find the story. I started out as a university press editor, but now, wouldn't trade the "ah-ha" moments of a good developmental editing project for anything. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing, Phi Beta Kappa, from Carnegie Mellon University. My own writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Oregonian, Fodor's, Salon.com, and Publishers Weekly. By being a working writer *and* editor, I can offer a savvy look at query letters, concept development, and marketability.
I work with novels of all stripes, but am a sucker for multicultural fiction and stories with a quirky speculative element.
My services include the following:
- Substantive and/or developmental book editing and critiques, specializing in fiction
- Copyediting for a variety of projects, including nonfiction and academic writing
- Prepublication services for indie authors
- Regular free advice on my blog
- A book! The Editor's Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists
- A quality guarantee
Additional qualifications include a social media certificate through Brazen Careerist's seminars, and upper-level coursework in Arabic Language and Culture through California University of Pennsylvania.
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