Let's work together on your dream. There's nothing I'd rather do.
Reading books has always been a big part of my life. But it was after I’d earned a PhD in English Literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and taught college-level courses in freshman composition, creative writing, and American literature that I decided to tackle my interest in publishing. I began taking courses through New York University’s School of Publishing, and got my first freelancing job with Random House during the third week of a copyediting course—applying that skill to a book for the American Heart Association. After copyediting several more books for Random House, I freelanced as the readers’ service editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and then as a managing editor of children’s books at Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
When the opportunity arose to become an editor at Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc., I accepted the offer immediately. While at Ballantine, I focused on crime fiction. I also edited nonfiction, including a poetry anthology as well as film and TV reference books. My editing skills expanded when I joined the Pearson Learning Group and edited various components—which included fiction, nonfiction, guides for students and teachers, and program overviews—of researched-based reading programs.
An editing professional for over twenty years now, I have worked with various publishers and genres. Besides Random House and HarperCollins, I have edited projects for Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, Bamboo Books, Cengage Learning, and private clients. My projects, other than what’s already mentioned, include women's fiction, romance novels, young adult fiction, children's fiction, academic articles, biography, memoir, health, spirituality, business books, essays, earth sciences, and social sciences.
I have been a guest editor and panelist at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference and the Colorado Gold Conference. I am a longtime member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
My journey in publishing is fulfilling in so many different ways. My experiences with every author I've worked with and every project I've worked on have been positive. I love words and I love editing. My goal as an editor is the same as every author’s goal—to help polish the author’s work and present it in its very best light. Let’s go on this journey together.