I've worked on over 40 nonfiction books as a freelancer. In 2021, one of the books I edited, To be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice, and Purpose by Ron Carucci (Kogan Page), was named one of Bloomberg's best books of the year.
Simply put, I have the experience and training to make your message as effective as it can possibly be.
I specialize in:
- helping authors conceptualize, organize, and revise their work, with the end result that their manuscript feels deliberate and unified from beginning to end
- ensuring that each paragraph and sentence in the manuscript progresses logically
- improving text within the context of the author's genre (making wordy sections more concise, calling attention to sentences that are confusing or potentially difficult for a reader to understand, identifying gaps in logic, etc.) while preserving the author's voice and the tone of the manuscript
I began my career at the late, great Collins nonfiction imprint of HarperCollins, where I worked directly under the publisher on various mass-market titles. I moved into scholarly publishing in 2009. As an associate editor at Oxford University Press in New York City, I commissioned and edited contributions to the press’s flagship online references, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, a collaboration with Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute.
In 2012, I left New York for Asheville, North Carolina, where for four years I worked as an editor and course designer at Soomo Learning, an independent online educational publisher. At Soomo, I created interactive digital anthologies in early and modern world literature and international development from scratch.
For the past decade and a half I’ve also been moonlighting as a journalist and essayist. Some of the places I’ve contributed to include the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wilson Quarterly, the Awl, Mental Floss, Atlas Obscura, Literary Hub, the Baltimore Sun, the Onion, JSTOR Daily, Tablet Magazine, and many other print and online publications. In 2013 I contributed an essay on pulp literature to Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece (Voyageur Press).
- Columbia Publishing Course
I provide developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting services for independent authors and nonfiction and fiction book publishers. Publishing houses I've worked with include AdventureKEEN, Columbia University Press, Apollo Publishers, and Simply Charly Books.
• Developed and managed the following interactive online humanities anthologies: Early World Literature, Modern World Literature, and Understanding Development
• Commissioned magazine feature-style commentaries, managed academic advisory board, and supervised acquisitions for Early World Literature reference
• Curated and acquired excerpts from diverse articles and publications, including New York Times-bestselling books, for inclusion in Understanding Development reference
Oxford University Press
• Acquired and edited contributions to Oxford’s flagship online reference titles: Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, a collaboration with Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute
• Managed Oxford African American Studies Center homepage
• Created and commissioned bimonthly photo essays for Oxford African American Studies Center
focusing on black history and culture
• Evaluated agent-submitted nonfiction book proposals
• Worked directly under Collins imprint publisher to provide editorial support for the following nonfiction books: Bill Russell’s memoir Red and Me; CNN correspondent Suzanne Simons’s profile of Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, Master of War; Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s The Hidden Life of Deer; and the Sarah Palin–inspired humor title Terminatrix
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