Over the years, I've critiqued manuscripts professionally for writing competitions, at SCBWI conferences, and also independently. It is a privilege and joy for me to work with writers of all ages and experience levels to reach those "aha" moments and get their manuscripts polished and ready for the market. I think it is important to discuss what your goal is overall and what you're looking forward to accomplishing with a critique. Each person has a unique story to tell, and I aim not to change an individual's voice, but rather to amplify it along with the overall story. I like to point out what's working and why as well as show areas of the story that can be strengthened. My feedback is truthful as I believe this is the best way to grow as a writer, though I aim to be as professional and supportive as always. I understand all too well how sharing your work with others can make you feel vulnerable, though I have experienced how editorial feedback has helped strengthen me as a writer and led to publishing contracts. Whatever your dream might be, I would be honored to share my expertise with you!
PRAISE FOR MY EDITORIAL WORK
"Thank you so much for your guidance, and for believing in me. I would not have written it without you, your guidance and encouragement." --Kim Han, author of "The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada's North"
"You helped me get unstuck! I just needed your fresh, talented eyes!!!" --Jennifer Coleman, author of "The Texas Nutcracker"
"God has blessed me and put people in my path that really know this business, otherwise I’d be lost. You have no idea how grateful I am!" --Claudia Villarreal, author "The Bully Who Learned to Love"
" Your notes, as always, are spot on and gave me a fresh look at my manuscript." --Lori Keckler, picture book author
"Thank you so much for all of your pointers and advice. I was feeling a bit lost and felt that some areas just weren't right. Having someone else read it and give me some of their thoughts is just what I needed. I really appreciate the time you put into reading and critiquing. I feel like I can go forward now with a better idea of what I need to fix and change." --Katie Klein , picture book author
- Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature
- YALSA’s Readers’ Choice Award Nomination
- Spirit of Texas Nomination
- Quick Picks Nomination
- IRA Children’s Book Award Notables
- Shirley Henn Memorial Award
St. Edward's University
At St. Edward's University, I completed professional development training. I taught a graduate level writing course with a focus on children’s literature ranging from board books to young adult novels. I worked closely with students, providing much editorial feedback on each writing assignment and master thesis projects.
Institute of Children's Literature
At the Institute of Children's Literature, I received extensive critique training. I worked with hundreds of students ranging in age and experience levels. I worked with each individual to work on their personal goals and provided critiques throughout the course.
I am an author of over 50 publications for young readers and teens with an extensive background in children's literature. I have been offering critiques since 2005 whether independently, part of professional organizations like SCBWI, or as a judge for writing contests. My feedback is honest as I believe this is the best way to grow as a writer, though I try to be as supportive and professional as possible.
I've published over 50 fiction and nonfiction books and magazine pieces for young readers. SAVING SNAKES, THE MYSTERY OF THE BALL PYTHON, THE DRAMA NOODLE, and PROBLEMS AT THE POND release January 2023. My novel titles include UNCERTAIN SUMMER, BORDER CROSSING, TRUDY, CALLI, and BORDER CROSSING. I've published multiple chapter books and early readers for Rourke Educational Media to include such titles as FANGS!, BROWNIES WITH BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, TIME TO MOVE, PEACOCK, and RUNAWAY ROBOT. I've worked with Scholastic, Capstone, Heinemann, Pearson, Seedling Publications, Six Red Marbles, and a variety of magazines including HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN. I graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, and previously instructed at the Institute of Children's Literature and St. Edward's University
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