I've been writing and editing professionally for a long, long time and have published two novels, TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL (Crown Books, Hogarth, 2017) and ANTONIA LIVELY BREAKS THE SILENCE (Algonquin Books, 2013), as well as a collection of stories, MOST OF US ARE HERE AGAINST OUR WILL (Viking Penguin, 2005). Over the last thirty years, I've helped edit several books from authors such as Michael Thomas, Dale Peck, Jason Antoon (yes, the actor), and Lisa Dierbeck. I provide all levels of editing for limited collaborations and, as your potential book coach, can now guide you through the entire process, from the first draft to the final version.
A client of mine published his first novel, GREENLAND (Atria Books), back in June 2022. Another client won the IMPAC, an international literary award from Dublin, for his book, MAN GONE DOWN. As a writer, I know the ins and outs of plotting a successful novel and how hard it is to get your book where you want it. I offer different levels of editorial service, depending on a client's needs. I'm just as comfortable copyediting as I am editing developmentally, taking apart your manuscript scene by scene to help you see what's working and not working yet. Whatever issue you're having, and no matter where you are in the process, I can show you how to move your plot and story forward and finish what you started or begin anew with a revision.
I've helped writers throughout every stage of the editorial process and have shepherded several books to market—most recently Karin Fitz Sanford's awesome mystery, THE LAST THING CLAIRE WANTED, and Brian Cuban's fantastic thriller, THE AMBULANCE CHASER.
- The Atlantic Monthly Prize
- MFA, The New School (2001)
Penguin Random House
I copyedited and proofread manuscripts for various imprints like Ballantine, Knopf, and Little Random. I edited titles by Michael Chabon, Joanna Scott, Ethan Canin, and John D. MacDonald among others.
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