After working in college libraries and an independent bookstore, I moved to New York City to get into the heart of book publishing itself. Working at first as an editor and as a freelance writer (Macmillan, Crown, Scholastic, Harcourt), I then jumped into book design (Random House, Penguin Putnam, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and others too numerous to mention). Along the way, I received a thorough training in classical typesetting — the kind they did even before computers came along, a lot of which has been lost as the technology becomes easier to get but the training is not. I think that that difference shows, which I hope you'll see in my book design samples, which I've set up to look like the kind of book-design sample that we really use in the industry.
I'm also a successful self-published author myself, with a book produced entirely by myself that was usually in the top 20 for its category for almost 2 years (with an average customer rating of higher than 4.5, which, if you know anything about publishing, you'll know is pretty hard to achieve). Between that and all the book-interiors design work that I've done for self-published authors, I think that I have a pretty good idea of how to help people achieve the look they're going for.
I've also written numerous children's books for school publishers and articles for adults, so I can bring those skills to bear as a ghostwriter as well — if that's what you're looking for. I've sold more than 10 books to Houghton Mifflin in the past couple years, for their cutting-edge literacy program that only recruits the best children's writers. But whatever it might be that you require, I understand that authors need to feel they are taken seriously, and I do my absolute best to deliver an outstanding finished product that is neat, clean, stylish, and that meets every professional standard, whether that's in book-interiors design or in writing. Anything less is unacceptable.
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