Experienced editor of nonfiction books (esp. spirituality/self-help). Development and copy edits draw on my work as an author and MDiv.
With over a dozen years of experience in book publishing, development editing, and evaluating nonfiction book proposals, I am passionate about helping authors refine and clarify their ideas. I have extensively worked with religious publishers and have a Master of Divinity degree, although my editorial work covers a wide range of nonfiction topics such as business and self-help.
My role as an editor is to simultaneously represent the concerns of the author and the audience so that the author's message intersects with the needs and expectations of the audience.
MY APPROACH TO EDITING
A great nonfiction book should pitch itself as an urgent need for readers. The reader should feel an aching need for the book, and then it's up to the author to deliver a clear, organized, accessible message in as few words as possible to alleviate the ache.
Failing to help readers feel an aching need for their book means no one will read it.
Failing to help readers recover from the aching need means bad reviews.
My job is to ask the tough questions of a manuscript or proposal while advocating for the talents and insights of my clients. I see myself as an author’s best defense against a negative review or a critical tweet. Having been on both sides of the editing process, I am uniquely positioned to communicate editorial suggestions, sometimes for major changes, in a compassionate and constructive manner.
EXPERIENCEMy experience in book publishing and editing includes writing for commercial publishers since 2007 and development editing and book proposal evaluations for authors and publishers since 2010. My editing clients include contract work with publishers and authors working with publishers.
With over a dozen years of experience in nonfiction book publishing, development editing, and evaluating nonfiction book proposals, I am available for long and short-term freelance book editing and book writing work.
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What a life! I get to edit books--especially true crime, self-help, and dark fiction--and gently help authors share their passions.
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Experienced publishing professional, with over 500 titles produced. Full skillset covering concept, editing, design and production.