I’ve been writing and editing stories in collaboration with other storytellers my entire adult life. For more than a decade, I demonstrated my ability to tell and refine stories as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.
Over the past decade, I’ve transferred those skills to books. I’ve used my interviewing and engagement skills to better understand the story objectives of writers.
As an editor, I help writers reach those goals by providing assessments and suggestions on how to improve the manuscript. When we agree on editing plans, I provide feedback and updates that ensure your involvement in the development of a more compelling story.
Most of the content I've managed relates to four nonfiction genres—history, education, professional development, and social justice for publishers such as Scholastic Inc, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Michigan State University Press.
Edited “At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice,” a 2016 Michigan State University Press book on the life of Robert L. Green, an educator-activist who helped lead marches on behalf of Martin Luther King and subsequently spearheaded campaigns to address educational inequities as a civil rights issue
Edited “Expect the Most—Provide the Best,” a 2014 Scholastic Inc professional development book that examines the impact of innovation and high expectations on academic achievement
Edited a chapter in “A Call for Change,” a 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt anthology of strategies for improving black male education
On behalf of the author and an education consultant, read “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis) Integration” (Teachers College Press, 2011), and edited a 2012 review of the book published by the Journal of Negro Education in 2012
Edited “Public Health Legacy: History and Health Disparities,” an article in the Fall 2007 edition of the UCLA center's Context magazine by Harvard medical professors Dr. W. Michael Byrd and Dr. Linda A. Clayton, a report based on the second volume of “An American Health Dilemma” (Routledge, 2002), their Pulitzer-nominated book
Edited “The Internet and the Rise of Participatory Journalism,” Dan Gillmor’s Winter 2005 (UCLA center) Context magazine article on some of the issues and trends he explored in “We the Media” (O’Reilly Media, 2006), published in book form a year after that report
Reviewed a draft of Ruth Hamilton’s “Roots of Passage: Rethinking the African Diaspora” (Michigan State University Press, 2007) and made pre-publication recommendations to the director of Michigan State University Press
Edited “A Way Out” (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2006), a compilation of strategies for improving the life prospects of young men of color
Provided editorial feedback on a 2003 draft of Kay Mill’s “Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case that Transformed Television” (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), and edited her article on the subject in the Winter 2005 edition of Context magazine
Edited “Win-Win” (Ford Foundation, 2002), a series of case studies on companies that prospered by investing in neglected communities and by diversifying their workforce and their supply chains
Wrote and edited “Win-Win,” a 2002 Ford Foundation book on successful corporate investments in neglected communities, one of the case studies referenced in “Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations” (Springer, 2007)
In February 1998, helped the Smithsonian Institution create an exhibit called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by editing some exhibit texts and by reviewing some show-related materials, content excerpted and included in “Sweatshop Slaves: Asian Americans in the Garment Industry” (UCLA, 2006), a book partly based on my 1995 Los Angeles Times exposés on a Thai sweatshop slavery ring in El Monte, Ca.
As an editor, managed the Los Angeles Times’ Platform column, a guest columnist section of the paper’s opinion section, and covered international trade and retailing as a business news reporter
In October 2010, the Council of the Great City Schools released a major report on the academic status of African American males, A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. The Council then commissioned a series of solution briefs from some of the nation’s leading scholars and experts to help it think through an effective ... read more
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I specialize in non-fiction children's books and education/reference texts, so I know how and why we read–for learning or just plain fun!
With 20+ years’ publishing experience, I’ve worked with many NYT bestselling authors and big publishers. Preferred genres: business, career.