With nearly twenty years (and counting!) of experience at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, I’ve spent the last seven years taking on freelance projects. As a freelance editor, my strength is developmental editing and copyediting. I edit novels, short stories, and narrative nonfiction (memoirs and essays).
As an author myself, I know how hard it can be to review my own manuscript with an objective eye. I provide one-on-one manuscript editing and writing coaching/consulting with honest, constructive feedback about what is working and what isn’t. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here. I treat each manuscript as if it were my own, giving it the time and attention it deserves.
I served as editor for my first book, The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York (Penguin/Plume). It contains twenty-seven essays about the New York City subway system, giving me the opportunity to edit essays from writers such as Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, Lawrence Block, and Francine Prose.
I have an affinity for historical fiction and many of my own published short stories and nonfiction articles are in this genre. I have an MFA in creative writing from Georgia State University.
All of these experiences have led to teaching positions, first at the College of New Rochelle and now at The Loft Literary Center, which I really enjoy. Find out more more about my online classes here.
My website has more details about my editing services and my upcoming classes. Please contact me to discuss your project. I look forward to hearing from you!
Years in the field: 20
Years freelancing: 7