As a developmental editor, I help nonfiction writers present powerful arguments, create and maintain compelling narratives, and hone their own, distinctive voices. I work primarily with academics who want their books to bring complex, research-driven ideas to a broad public. I read manuscripts closely, create comprehensive editorial plans for revision, and make textual changes at the levels of both the line and the overall structure. I also support authors at earlier stages in the writing process, serving as a sounding board, giving feedback on drafts, and assisting with book proposals.
Prior to editing professionally, I earned a PhD in English from UC Berkeley, taught college courses on creative writing, American literary history, and cultural studies, and wrote a book on American dance history published by Yale University Press. My writing also has appeared in the Believer, Boston Review, New Republic, Oxford American, Village Voice, and other magazines. I’m a generalist at heart, and have loved learning from experts in a range of fields—including history, art history, ethnic studies, new media studies, dance studies, literature, archaeology, anthropology and sociology—as we work together to realize their projects’ potential.
My clients have included professors at Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins, King’s College London, Indiana University, the University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, and University of California. I’ve been lucky to help them with marvelous books published by or forthcoming from Cornell University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Rutgers University Press, Stanford University Press, Temple University press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, Wesleyan University Press, and Yale University Press.
Please contact me to discuss rates and availability.
Years in the field: 16
Years freelancing: 5