As an award-winning and NYT bestselling author with fifteen years of experience in the writing world, both on the fiction and nonfiction side—with ten published books under my belt—I know how to spot problem areas in manuscripts. Just as important, though, I also know how to draw out the elements in a manuscript that are working. How to help a writer create the very best version of the story they want (and need) to tell.
I do this by brainstorming with you, providing multi-leveled critiques, and asking questions that will deepen even your own understanding of various elements of your work—like characters, plot, setting, pacing, and voice, to name a few. I will provide thoughtful, constructive feedback (because, really, who has energy for anything less?). I may also point you toward other resources for further study on the art and craft of writing, ones that are geared specifically to your individual needs and strengths.
My manuscript and editing services are perfect for the writer who:- is ready to dig in and take their work to a new level
I will work with both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for readers of all ages, though my areas of specialty include: contemporary realism, young adult, middle grade, memoir, art, culture, biography, and narrative nonfiction.
MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND & EDUCATION:
My love of story has taken me down many different paths in life, not only as a writer but first, as an artist. I received a BFA in Painting and then went on to earn a master’s degree in Art History. With a passion for uncovering the work, lives, and stories of visual artists, I entered into a decade-long career in the art and museum world.
MY WRITING & PUBLISHING CREDITS:
My young adult novels deal with topics and issues near and dear to my heart, such as mental health, gendered violence and abuse, and LGBTQ+ equality. On the middle-grade side, I love to create worlds that are full of imagination, centering around family, friendship, and the challenges of growing up. These titles include The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, Something Like Gravity, and Code Name: Serendipity. I also contributed to the nonfiction young adult anthology, Our Stories, Our Voices. Each of these books received accolades in the form of awards, honors, critical acclaim…and some have even been NYT bestsellers!
TEACHING & EDITING EXPERIENCE:Writing across genres and demographics has afforded me the invaluable opportunity to work with writers (and readers) of all different backgrounds and experience levels.
Over the past five years, I have led dozens of writing workshops and presentations across the country, speaking to students, classes, and writing groups of various ages and levels. During this time I also began offering freelance editing services, and I have grown to cherish these interactions and relationships. There’s nothing that compares to helping a writer make a breakthrough in their work or seeing them not give up on their dream.
SO, IN A NUTSHELL:
I have extensive experience working with industry professionals in a broad range of publishing scenarios and I’m passionate about helping others to find their voice and tell their stories. If I sound like the kind of person you want in your writing corner, I’d love to hear from you!
In 2015, upon the sale of my debut novel, I left the nonprofit world to start my own company, under which I have worked with Simon and Schuster's McElderry and SimonPulse imprints, as well as Penguin Random House's Razorbill Books. With these publishing houses, I have written 4 young adult and middle grade novels, and contributed to a nonfiction young adult anthology. During this time, I have also freelanced as an editorial consultant, where I continue to provide developmental editing of fiction and nonfiction book-length projects, and manuscript services such as query letter reviews, editorial assessments, and copyediting. My books include: CODE NAME: SERENDIPITY (PRH/Razorbill, 2022), SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY (S+S/McElderry, 2019), THE LAST TO LET GO (S+S/McElderry, 2018), OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES (S+S/SimonPulse, 2018), THE WAY I USED TO BE (S+S/McElderry, 2016).
In my curatorial role at this nonprofit arts organization, I learned to hone both my project management and writing and editing skills. At any given time, I was managing multiple art exhibitions and their corresponding publications, which ranged from short 15-page booklets, to full-scale book-length exhibition catalogues with multiple contributors, published by major international art presses. In this position, I wrote five publications on the subjects of art, history, culture and biography, while assisting in the organization, development, and editing of dozens more. These publications include: BEARING WITNESS (2014), VIK MUNIZ: GARBAGE MATTERS (2013), SOPHISTICATED SURFACES (2012), ROMARE BEARDEN: SOUTHERN RECOLLECTIONS, GALLERY GUIDE and FAMILY GUIDE (2011). Selected editing/contributions include: CONNECTING THE WORLD: PANAMA CANAL AT 100 (2014), SEEING THE WORLD WITHIN (2012), ROMARE BEARDEN: SOUTHERN RECOLLECTIONS (2011), CONTEMPORARY MASTERWORKS (2010).
In this temporary position I spent nearly two years managing and organizing a retrospective exhibition, as well as its accompanying exhibition catalogue, which would become my first published book, ODE TO MICHAEL GOLDBERG: SELECTIVE THIEVERY. This book included essays that delved into postwar art and poetry, biography, and history.
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A lifetime of reading, editing, and writing books—this work is my dream. It would be an honor to help you get your book ready for the world.
Contemporary fiction, romance, YA, plays, memoirs & cookbooks are my specialties. Clients: Amazon, Simon & Schuster, Kensington.