As a writer, educator, marketing professional, and graphic designer, I understand the many facets of book publishing. Let me put my unique experience to work for you.
I am the former Vice President of John F. Blair, Publisher, where I worked on dozens of titles, including The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill, Cherokee Rose by Tiya Miles, The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre, and Witness to Change by Sybil Morial. I also oversaw sales and marketing for Blair and more than a dozen small-press publishers distributed by Blair.
I received my MFA in Poetry from UNC Wilmington's highly ranked Creative Writing program. There, I worked for Lookout Books on titles such as National Book Critics' Circle Award-winner Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman, God Bless America by Steve Almond, and When All the World Is Old by John Rybicki.
I have worked for numerous literary organizations and publications across the country, including Humanities Tennessee, The Porch Writers' Collective, One Pause Poetry, Ecotone Journal, Gigantic Sequins Journal, Dialogist Journal, and others. I currently work in higher education, but remain plugged into the literary world.
I specialize in developmental edits for literary fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry. I have worked in genres as diverse as fantasy, historical nonfiction, travel, and cookbooks. Writers can expect a thoughtful and intensive editorial process with plenty of room for discussion.
The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato is based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from The Republic. In this novel, the Cave is a dank basement bar in the small Southern town of Waterville, overflowing with cheap beer, good blues, and local oddballs. There’s Vera, the tough but tender owner; Pancho, the philosophical piano tuner; Billy Joe, the former rising star back home after a stop in Memphi... read more
Steven Sherrill is a graduate of UNC Charlotte and holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The recipient of a NEA Fellowship for Fiction, he has published four novels and one book of poetry. His debut novel, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, was published in the UK and translated into eight languages. Neil Gaiman selected it as one of six audio books to launch “Neil Gaiman ... read more
While exiled from her beloved hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Sybil Haydel Morial began to document her remarkable life. In this memoir, she focuses on the sweeping changes―desegregation, the end of Jim Crow, the fight for voting rights and political empowerment―that transformed the country during her lifetime. But this is also a personal story, an account of her own evolution... read more
“People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it,” William Raspberry wrote in the Washington Post in July 1994. “Hugh B. Price is a believer.” During his tenure as president and CEO of the National Urban League, Price launched its Campaign for African-American Achievement, pressured the federal government to combat police brutality and racial profiling, defended affirmat... read more
Boasting more craft breweries than any other state in the South, North Carolina is the state of Southern beer. In 2012, Erik Lars Myers wrote North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, which profiled 45 breweries. Since then, the number of breweries has more than tripled to over 140 and is still growing. Now, Myers and his wife, Sarah H. Ficke, have produced an expanded and updated second edition.... read more
In this third edition of his classic photography/ hiking guide, Adams showcases his own beautiful color photographs. This complete compendium lists 1,000 waterfalls, and Adams specifically highlights more than 300 of the best waterfalls found in North Carolina with full descriptions, comprehensive directions, and four-color photographs. Since the first edition of Kevin Adams’s North Carolina W... read more
While working as a reporter and producer for North Carolina’s public television network, Bob Garner took his “love of good food to work” where he created a weekly program devoted to the state’s barbecue culture. That evolved into several programs about traditional cooking. Over the course of his many years with UNC-TV, Garner established himself as a country-cooking connoisseur and viewers cam... read more
The Cherokee Rose, written by Tiya Miles, award-winning historian and recipient of a recent MacArthur Genius Grant, explores territory reminiscent of the works of Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Louise Erdrich. This luminous but highly accessible work examines a little-known aspect of America s past slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees and its legacy in the lives of three young wome... read more
From the cavemen to the hipsters of today, beards have been the hallmark of brave and manly men. For some reason, the popularity of beards skyrocketed during the late 19th century, when men became more willing to experiment with never-before-seen facial hair styles. Abraham Lincoln even grew his beard because a little girl wrote him and said he'd look more presidential with one.A little over t... read more
Abraham Kasir has properties scattered across Birmingham, but the ones on Cullom Street hold a special place in his heart. So does his newest tenant, Landon Cooper, a transplant from one of the city’s ritzier suburbs. Landon’s a psychologist managing her own mental illness in the face of divorce and downsizing. Her upstairs neighbor, Abi, is a country girl trying to shake her rural roots even ... read more
Nick Wolf is a public research specialist for NorthAm Oil Company, but he likes to think of himself as the company storyteller. Nick, who believes in the old-fashioned integrity of the people who run NorthAm, is sent to scout potential oil exploration/drilling sites to assess the political climate. His latest assignment sends him to Hatteras Island, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Growing up,... read more
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