I'm a freelance developmental editor and copyeditor living in Brooklyn, New York. I was associate editor at Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press for five years, but I've been out on my own since 2010. I work on both fiction (mostly literary fiction or fiction with both literary and commercial appeal) and nonfiction including history, current events, pop culture, and especially memoir. My clients include indie presses such as Tin House Books, Seal Press, The Experiment, Grove/Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction/In Fact Books, Catapult, and Inkshares; literary agents; and a number of independent authors. Additionally, I work part-time as an editor with the literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. I'm also an editor working with the New York Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship; a mentor in the 2016–17 Think Write Publish program, a collaboration between Arizona State University and Creative Nonfiction; and a member of PEN. I enjoy working with both established and first-time authors, and am comfortable working with both traditionally published and self-published books. My editorial approach is flexible, supportive, and constructive, with plenty of communication throughout.
I was interim book review editor for several months in 2012, and filled in on a regular basis for the book review editor, media editor, and others over a period of a couple of years.
I'm at the agency part-time, working in an editorial, acquisitions, and administrative capacity, and also as a co-agent from time to time, with the agent Renée Zuckerbrot.
Freelance book editor. Clients include Creative Nonfiction/In Fact Books, Tin House Books, Milkweed Editions, Grove Atlantic, Seal Press, Ig Publishing, The Experiment, Applause Books, Inkshares, Library Journal, Trident Media, Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agency, Inkshares, Girl Friday Productions, and individual authors.
As associate editor, had total responsibility for 5–6 titles per season, including editing my own and editorial director’s acquisitions; hired/managed freelance designers/copyeditors/proofreaders; oversaw titles through production; built agent relationships; negotiated deals/monitored contracts; wrote flap/catalog copy; helped devise marketing/subsidiary rights/publicity strategies for titles; prepared sales materials and presented at sales conference; interviewed/trained/supervised 4–6 interns per semester; managed office; maintained website (blog, book listings, calendar); staffed events/readings; coordinated Soft Skull’s presence at BEA, AWP, Brooklyn Book Festival, etc.
Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God will kill him at Armageddon for masturbating. But Gabe’s not alone: there’s Peter, who writes swear words in the margins of his papers; Jihyun, the Korean kid who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, who follows Gabe around, trying to be his girlfriend. There’s also Gabe’s mom, who sleeps sixteen hours a day, and his dad, an elder who d... read more
In any given year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illnessand yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as mentally ill.” We hear about worst-case scenarios, but in manymaybe even mostcases, there is much room for hope. These frank, often intimate stories reflect the writers’ struggles to overcomeboth as professionals and as individuals, as ... read more
The women featured in these stories have one thing in common: They’re having a terrible day.There’s the housewife so entranced by the pristine order of her neighbors’ belongings that she can’t stop herself from breaking into their home. There’s the mother easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There’s the vulnerable middle-... read more
The only thing the writers in this book have in common is that they've exchanged sex for money. They're PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $10 crack hos, and everything in between. This anthology lends a voice to an underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped.Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys is a collection of short ... read more
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.While the Gods We... read more
Joshua Braff delivers an authentic, funny and honest tale about modern family life. Jay and Jackie uproot their family of four from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their... read more
Anne Hatley is a sharp-witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship. She accepts an invitation to the nation’s largest research colony, where scientistsDNA pioneer James D. Watson among themhope to cure” Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth: She is missing a leg and walks with a prosthes... read more
Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners, in subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of... read more
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Expert critique and fearless consulting for authors in pursuit of publication. I specialize in story critique and novel development.
I'm an editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant specializing in narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction.