I edit reports, proposals, environmental impact statements, and other documents for a full-service consulting firm. This sounds rather formal and scientific, and it is, and therein lies the challenge. It is my job to help project managers turn their teams' hard work in the field into readable narratives their clients can understand and take action on.
I also edit creative work for two publishing houses. Yes, sometimes I am the one who sends you the long letter that helps you tighten your work before it goes to press.
I have been a writer and freelance editor since 2008. As a working author represented by The Stimola Literary Studio, I understand the process, the pitfalls, and the promise of a writer's path. I offer a deep and thorough critique, targeting elements of plot, structure, pacing, characterization, and agency.
I run a social media consulting firm specializing in teaching social media to authors. I've led workshops and spoken at such events as SCBWI- LA National Conference, SCBWI-NY National Conference, Regional SCBWI events and conferences, and Chicks-Who-Click. I was a founding member of the Social Media Club of Kansas City and was elected their first Advocacy Chairperson.
In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend—or will a friend find him? With insight and warmth, this heartfelt sto... read more
"You must believe in yourself and allow your dreams to soar." --Shaesta WaizShaesta Waiz, a refugee from Afghanistan, dreamed of doing great things. But first she had to leave a refugee camp with her family to make a new life in America, overcome gender stereotypes, be the first in her family to go to college, and overcome her fear of flying. After becoming a pilot, Shaesta made the flight of ... read more
LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom's food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane's survival.Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Fo... read more
It's 1913, and 12-year-old Primmy's greatest wish is to join the US Life Savers Service. But there's only one problem---girls aren't allowed. Receiving little encouragement from family and friends, Primmy does everything she can to change their minds and make her dream come true. You'll be rooting for Primmy every step of the way in this charming coming-of-age story!
It's the summer of 1918, and all twelve-year-old George Callahan wants to do is hunt for spies with his best friend. But with America at war, the Callahan family is facing new challenges on all fronts. Thoughtfully researched, beautifully written, and filled with historic detail, this heartwarming family drama is an instant classic both children and adults will enjoy.
Tea parties have certain rules. You must lay your napkin carefully in your lap, say "please" and "thank you," and sip, not slurp, your tea. But SOMEONE at this tea party keeps breaking a very important rule—NO TOOTING! Will this tea party be ruined? And WHO keeps tooting, anyway? A charming and hilarious take on sibling dynamics that plays against gender expectations and has huge kid appeal. A... read more
Salmina Arends school was a scary place. The fence had big holes and the schoolyard was full of junk. No one wanted to play there. With the donation of new computers, the future begins to look bright for 11-year-old Salmina and Manyano School in the poor South African township of Brown Veld. But when the skollies (vandals), who hang out in the schoolyard each night, steal the computers, Salmin... read more
A stick is just a stick until…an elephant turns it into a flyswatter, an alligator uses it to catch prey, or a child uses a stick as a toy. Constance Anderson (Smelling Sunshine) shows readers how a simple stick can become a tool or a toy in this enjoyable look at the many uses animals and people can find for sticks. Creative uses of sticks range from chimpanzees catching tasty treats to birds... read more
Initially an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler, Wilm Hosenfeld became aware of the Third Reich's relentless brutality against the Poles and Jews when he was stationed in Poland. Witnessing the Nazis' inhumanity changed Hosenfeld from an enemy occupier to a rescuer. Hosenfeld's heroic efforts to save Polish citizens was mostly unknown until a scene in the Oscar-winning film The Pianist brought Hos... read more
What's a sheep to do when it just can't go to sleep? Wandering about the barnyard, one tired little sheep asks for the other farm animals how they lull themselves to sleep. Each animal offers their exhausted friend a suggestion that works for them, but it is only when Granddaddy Ram offers his advice, can Woolly find a way to sleep. A perfect book to snuggle up with your little one at the end ... read more
California Burns is a unique and dramatic interactive book that brings the heat, smoke, and drama of wildfire into your living room. Never before seen images of wildfires tearing through hills, valleys, and neighborhoods will open your eyes to the speed, ferocity, and destruction these often uncontrollable fires generate. This powerful book includes audio, video, and downloadable fire safety a... read more
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14 years experience editing graphic novels at Scholastic's Graphix imprint, as well as picture books, Middle-Grade novels, and YA novels.
Publisher & Development Editor. I run Oneworld Children's, previously set up Quercus Children's. Worked at Faber, Macmillan, Hachette.