I'm a published author of fiction and nonfiction who is available for developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading. My debut novel, HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, was published by Dutton in 2009. My articles, essays, and stories (for adults and young adults) have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as Writer's Digest, Parents, The Writer, Cicada, Carve, and Milk & Ink: a Mosaic of Motherhood.
I have been a freelance editor for several years. In addition to working with clients who find me via Elance, I work with writers who come to me through private referrals, from meeting me at writers conferences, or after reading my articles in magazines like Writer's Digest and The Writer. I also edit books for Little Pickle Press. My most recent article for Writer's Digest appears in the January 2014 issue. An article I wrote for WD about editing, "10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You--But Should" appeared in the print edition of the magazine in 2013 and can now be read online at http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/10-things-your-freelance-editor-might-not-tell-you-but-should.
My background, in short: For many years, I was a high school English teacher and private SAT and writing tutor. In 2009, my debut novel, HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, was published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin. HTBALOR was released in paperback by Plume in 2010 and has been translated into Spanish and Italian.
In addition to editing other writers' work and creating my own, I teach writing classes, speak at writers' conferences, and present to groups about reading, writing, and editing.
I'm look forward to working with you as an editor or proofreader.
University of Washington
Master of Arts, English
Bachelor of Arts, English
Little Pickle Press
2013 - Present
Freelance editor for middle grade books.
2012 - Present
Wrote article, "Fiction in Focus," which appears in the magazine's January 2014 issue. Wrote article, "10 Things Your Freelance Editor May Not Have Told You--But Should," which appeared in the May/June 2013 issue and is currently online. Wrote article, "Go Your Own Way," which appeared in the July/August 2012 issue.
Creative Writing Teacher
2011 - Present
Teach writing classes, including "Beginning Creative Writing," "Creating Settings That Soar," and "On-The-Spot Fiction Workshop." I also teach private writing classes for fiction and nonfiction.
Various Private Clients
Developmental Editor and Copyeditor
2011 - Present
Work with writers to restructure and strengthen their fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Edit and/or proofread manuscripts.
2009 - 2011
Wrote several freelance articles. "Use Your Camera as a Notebook" appeared in the magazine's August 2011 print edition. "Make It Up or Keep it Real?" appeared in the magazine's March 2011 print edition. "YouTube to the Rescue" appeared in the magazine's June 2009 online edition.
2008 - 2010
My novel, How To Buy a Love of Reading, was published in hardcover by Dutton in May 2009 and in paperback by Plume in July 2010. (It has also been translated into Spanish and Italian by foreign publishers.)
In addition to writing the novel, I wrote all of the material on the website, teachers' and readers' guides a significant amount of publicity material, and guest blogs promoting the work on over 20 book blogger's sites.
1994 - 2004
Tutored high school students in study and homework skiils, essay writing, SAT verbal skills, and SAT math skills.
2000 - 2002
Had two short stories for teens published in this Young Adult Literary Magazine. "Greetings From Weekend Jail" was published in the July/August 2002 issue. "Driver's Education" was published in the July/August 2000 issue.
2000 - 2000
My short story, "Glass Sky," appeared in the July 2000 issue of this online literary magazine. It was subsequently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in Best of Carve I, a print publication.
North Bay Marin School
English and Writing Teacher
1999 - 2000
Taught English and Writer's Workshop classes at small, alternative high school.
1994 - 1998
Taught English and Creative Writing at private high school.