I'm a word nerd who works both sides of the desk--as an editor and a writer. I've been a professional editor for 30 years, and I've worked on everything from news and feature articles to book-length fiction to short fiction to book-length nonfiction. I've worked as a freelancer for several publishing houses and I've worked directly with many published, unpublished, and contracted-to-be-published authors.
I have a philosophy as an editor: It's my job to help you express your unique voice in the cleanest, most effective way possible. It's not my job to suggest you write your book the way I'd write it. I want your voice to shine through, because the world needs your voice and your stories! So when I work with you, your voice and your vision are my priorities.
I'm very communicative with my clients. I check in to keep you in the loop about what and how I'm doing so you don't need to wonder, and I'm happy to chat with you at any time via email if you have questions or concerns or just want to talk about books. :) I love to be a resource. Because I'm an author myself, I understand how challenging it is to put your work into the world, so I want to help you feel confident and accomplished. After all, if you've gotten to the stage of hiring an editor, you've written a book! You've done something many people say they want to do, but don't. Yay for you!
I hope we can work together.
NOTE: Please let me know (before we agree to collaborate) if there are any elements of your story that are potentially triggering so I'm aware of it before making an offer. I don't mind most of the time; I just appreciate a heads up.
HOWEVER: I don't prefer to work with stories with scenes depicting detailed sexual assault or underage sexual activity, so if your story includes these elements, please choose another editor.