More on that here. I now live in the Bay Area, where I independently edit fiction and nonfiction for people of all ages. I freelance for publishers including Ten Speed Press, Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, Heyday, Yosemite Conservancy, and Creston Books. I also help develop and write content for individuals, organizations, and educators.
Knowing the power of a good story is the foundation of my work as a writer and editor. Stories preserve the past and shape the present. They open connections between people. They transform people, both personally and collectively. I appreciate all forms of storytelling, from printed books to web content to multimedia projects, and all manner of subjects. My deep interest in education informs my work on projects for children, and I am especially inspired by projects that explore history (social, cultural, natural) and themes of justice, coexistence, and creativity. Whatever the project, I am committed to helping my clients tell stories that reach and engage their readers.
Please read on for more about my career path, check the links to see if my services are a good fit for your project, read some of my client testimonials and thoughts on editing, and feel free to get in touch if you'd like to talk.
I also author and have published my own books for kids under the wise editorial guidance of four-year-old Mae and eight-month-old Wes.
I have more than ten years' experience in the book-publishing industry, where I have been fortunate to have edited a wide variety of books for both adults and children. My editorial career began as an editor at Tricycle Press. There, I rediscovered children's picture books—their precision of language, elegant simplicity, and interdependence of words and images—and learned the processes of publishing. I started my freelance editorial business with this knowledge, editing works for all ages, for publishers and individuals alike. Later, I joined the staff of Heyday, a unique and highly respected nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, where I oversaw the children's publishing program while also editing projects for adults. Today, I continue to edit Heyday's middle-grade Fighting for Justice series, which tells the stories of people who fought for their rights and the rights of others. The uniquely collaborative process of making these books—working closely with coauthors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, and subject-matter experts—has been one of the most rewarding projects of my career.
Like most book editors, I have always been an avid reader and lover of books. But I never imagined I could make them until my beloved third-grade teacher taught me how. Throughout the year, each of us students wrote, revised, and illustrated our own stories, then bound them in marker-decorated cardboard covers. I learned from these book-making adventures that stories start as wisps of thought, evolve by a mysterious combination of creativity and thoughtful questioning, and eventually "come into their own" as independent beings, unleashed from their origins to connect with other minds. I also learned something important that I wish every nine-year-old could learn: that my stories mattered; that book-making was a legitimate ambition for me.
As I got older, I became more interested in the process of expressing ideas in writing. I came to appreciate the way in which writing illuminates the absolute uniqueness of the writer, from subject to syntax. And I came to better see words for what they are: symbols that can never truly convey lived experience, but that nonetheless can be chosen and arranged in ways that move people to feel and act.