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I am a three-time Hugo Award-nominated developmental editor, freelance writer, public speaker, and all-around nerd, bringing over a decade of Big Five traditional publishing expertise to the table. I'm a former editor at Tom Doherty Associates (for the imprints Tor Books, Tor Teen, Starscape & Tor com Publishing), where I acquired science fiction and fantasy novels, short fiction, and full-volume comics.
I love the art of storytelling. I strongly believe that we are the tales we tell of ourselves, our communities, and our world. Making good stories is more than putting words together in interesting ways. It’s about solid communication, being open-minded, seeing ways to deepen an author’s creative vision, while also adding to their creative toolkit.
I have expertise in the whole range of speculative fiction, horror, young adult, and middle-grade stories. My comfort zone in editing is broad: from literary to commercial, flash fiction to door-stoppers, prose novels and graphic novels.
Please note that I do not edit the following: non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, or picture books.
My science fiction tastes include near-future, space adventure/ space opera, cyberpunk, hopepunk, afrofuturism, technothrillers, dystopia and climate science fiction. On the fantasy side, I enjoy historicals (with a particular eye for non-Western settings), steampunk, alternate history, dark fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. My horror tastes fall under the “small h” rather than “die-hard Horror”: literary with a twisted speculative touch, supernatural, occult, gothic, dark sci-fi, new weird, pulp with a modern twist. (Also, Bruce Campbell is a horror genre of his own — you can fight me on this!)
Books I’ve edited have won the Thriller Award (A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, for Best Young Adult), the Ditmar Award (Thoraiya Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy, for Best Novel) , the American Library Association’s Alex Award (P. Djeli Clark’s The Black God’s Drums) and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year Selection (Marie Miranda Cruz's Everlasting Nora, for Middle Grade). Several of my books earned Junior Library Guild Selections, multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Kirkus, and are finalists for the Nebula Award, Lambda Literary Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult.
I’m also a three-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor, Long-Form, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of speculative fiction.
I offer a range of editorial services, including
- Editorial Assessments
- Full Developmental and Line Edits
- Query Letter Critique (with optional 10-page line edit)
- Sensitivity Reading / Cultural Consultant
- Workshop & Speaking Engagements
For any project, I bring my wit, verve, and friendly collaborative energy to improve upon a unique story. I hope to be the stepping stone an aspiring author needs to take their fiction to the next level using a keen intellect, an empathetic heart, and a few funny GIFs along the way!
- Hugo Award, Best Editor, Long Form (finalist)
Helping authors get the professional insight they need to help level-up their manuscripts, from a multi Hugo-nominated editor with experience in traditional publishing and beyond!
Tor Books, Tor Teen, Starscape & Tor.com Publishing at Tom Doherty Associates
From my time as editor at Tom Doherty Associates (acquiring for Tor Books Tor Books, Tor Teen, Starscape & Publishing), I edited the range of speculative fiction in adult novels and short fiction. On the children's side, I edited science fiction & fantasy for young adult, and SFF & contemporary middle grade.
Science Fiction Book Club
I cut my editorial teeth and absorbed a range of classic and contemporary science fiction and fantasy titles while working for the Science Fiction Book Club, where I helped select SF/F titles for our members. I also served as on-camera talent to interview notable SFF authors for the book club's social media channels.
I had my pulse on steampunk subculture while Social Media Manager, where I solicited pitches and edited long form pieces for’s Steampunk Week blogging events for two years running. As Freelance Blogger, I wrote long-form blog posts on science fiction and pop culture.
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