Previously a freelance editor, I launched a full-service editing services company and lead a team of diverse, talented developmental editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders to serve my rapidly growing client list. We’re a small but dedicated team with combined editing experience across nearly all genres of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as web content editing and book blurb writing from roles at publishing houses as well as BookBub (though our clients do not receive special treatment regarding BookBub services). I am passionate about what I do, and my industry know-how goes far beyond grammar.
A burgeoning South African independent book publisher partnered with me in early 2016, and I edit new releases by indie powerhouses Adrienne Woods and Kristin Ping, as well as other authors at that house like Isabella White, Melissa Kate, and more. Our relationship is long-standing, constant, and built on trust and excellence. It’s far from transactional.
One of my proudest achievements is a client who found me after having published more than ten books. Despite paying hard-earned money to an editor, the author was plagued by nasty reviews on Goodreads and Amazon—which was especially confounding given that her series had developed a fiercely loyal fan base. She’ll tell anyone who asks her that the trolls shut up when she decided to find a new editor… and we started working together. She’s gone on to publish several USA Today bestsellers that I had the honor of editing. We work together to this day.
I work with BookBub and Chirp book data, build deal emails, manage content for audiobooks venture, proofread book blurbs, assemble emails to millions of members, proof partner and reader blogs, and much more. BookBub is considered the gold standard in ebook marketing and my wealth of knowledge from years of working on the front lines of their product extends beyond simple email marketing. I have natural expertise in publisher descriptions, genre audience expectations, cover trends, and much more. Also, audiobooks are exploding right now, and my back-end presence on the Chirp team from day one has given me unparalleled insight into that world.
I worked as an intern in the largest independent book published in the US South. Because it is a small organization, I saw the full scope of editorial duties, including acquisitions.
- Edited full book manuscripts—both copyediting and developmental editing.
- Provided substantive edits on full books to be released in the coming season, including two adult nonfiction books and several children’s picture books.
- Proofread typeset copy and edited book projects.
- Evaluated manuscripts under consideration before they went to the editorial board.
- Sat in on, and sometimes led, talent management meetings to help guide authors through the editorial process.
- Reviewed rough and final art for accuracy, consistency, and style.
- Proofread typeset books for missed errors at a late stage.
I have edited hundreds of manuscripts through my writing groups. My first short story publication (of many) was in 2008. I've been a panelist and insider at UTOPiAcon since its inception in 2012. I wrote and shelved two novels—epic fantasy followed by historical fiction—so I have an intimate understanding of the grueling process you just went through writing your book as well as the ins and outs of world-building and intricate research (and the perils of the dreaded info-dump).
Join Abby Steel on a series of breathtaking international adventures with Steel Journeys - an all-female motorcycle touring company where she calls all the shots. From huts to hotels, it's never the same adventure twice.Book 1: The Road To PatagoniaTo some people, home might be wherever you lay your helmet, but for Abby Steel, home was wherever she laid her ass. Today it's a Harley. Tomorrow i... read more
A homecoming tale of a family brought together by migration and torn apart by tragedy and secrets. In a search for identity, love and acceptance - two ordinary girls travel from London to Lusaka to Lagos in order to save their family and discover their destiny.Meet the Ayomides and the Kombes - Zambian-Nigerian-Jamaican powerhouse families brought together during the post-colonial migration of... read more
Now that Mary van Amsterdam is dead, she can finally live.The Amsterdam Afterlife empowered Mary, in a way she’d only dreamed of in the living realm. She's devoted herself to the Tragically Dead in Recovery—quirky dead animals, struggling to come to terms with the trauma of their untimely deaths. Their macabre appearance and occasionally prickly personalities reflect each one’s painful demise.... read more
Natasha’s life begins the night she is turned. With the ability to channel fire, a gift that only belongs to the witches, she becomes a terror— not only to the packs, but all the supernatural breeds. She’s known as Blaze. The deadliest vampire out there.But Blaze has a secret. She didn’t want to become a vampire, she needed to become a vampire, and her reasoning is lost. It died the night her ... read more
Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocain... read more
Hercules faces his biggest challenge yet—the Louisiana swamps! Including battles with a twelve-clawed crawfish and the taming of a raging hurricane, this Cajun reimagining of the Hercules legend stirs together myth, culture, and Louisiana spice. Sent down to the hot and humid bayou from his kingdom in the clouds, Hercules must perform four daring labors to escape the immortal queen’s wrath. Lu... read more
The movie “Nottinghill” with a dash of flames.World-renowned author Rebecca Finlay seems to have it all—award-winning books, fame and fortune—but her reality is bleaker than the public eye sees. Widowed three years ago, she tries to juggle her celebrity status while raising her two teenagers. She never thought she' find love again, until she meets Jack Priestly. There are only three things Jac... read more
This is not The Little Red Riding Hood we grew up with. Supernatural races—vampires, werewolves, witches, you name it—all exist. Eighteen-year-old Rue Chaperon and her family belong to an elite hunting society, the S.H.A—Supernatural Hunting Association—and what the Chaperons hunt best are werewolves. When a new hunting group convinces the Chaperons to team up with them and try a different app... read more
After the deaths of her father and sister, Lou Harrison hopes that moving to Somerville with her mother will be the fresh start they need—but the secrets that hide in the small town threaten to shatter the order of Lou’s life all over again. Somerville is still scarred by the unsolved mystery of Amanda Wrenn, a girl who disappeared when she was thirteen and who bears a startling resemblance to... read more
Chastity Blake discovered the hard way what she was: a modern-day Sandman. But things aren't looking up for Chastity. She is guarding a secret deep within her — her dark sand, or what Reverians call her Shadow. Shadow Casters are known for their dark dreams, the nightmares they create. If she's caught with dark sand, she may be subjected to harsh interrogation, even banished to the Oblivion wi... read more
Dreamcatchers can't ward off nightmares if your nightmare is your reality? Moving to a small town is the last thing Melanie wanted, but her entire family, even her identical twin, Emily, assures her it's the best thing for her family. But Melanie knows it's just another form of punishment, because that's all her family does to her—punishes her. Emily just wants her sister back, wants to recove... read more
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT'S A DARK FANTASY AND NOT FOR YAEveryone in Paegeia knows that only one Rubicon dragon lives at a time.If more than one, they will destroy Paegeia and eventually the rest of the world as they crave that constant power for dominance.Blake Leaf is this era's Rubicon, and is destined for grate things if his darkness can be won.Darkbeam Part 1 follows the story of the Rubicon an... read more
Moonbeam follows Blake and Elena ten years later from where the last novel, Starlight, ended.What if your 'what if' becomes finally an option. Would you go and change the past...?
REVOLUTION A 5th Year Anniversary Anthology for UTOPiA 2016 A diverse and celebratory collection of stories based on the theme of Revolution. With eight stories written in a variety of genres, from Paranormal Romance, to Sci-Fi Dystopia, to Magic Realism, to Political Realism, the anthology, ‘Revolution’ is a page-turning, myriad collection of voices from different times and places, but all wi... read more
Please note that this is not for YA Audience like the Dragonian SeriesEveryone knows the Rubicon is predestined for evil, and the alpha dragon does nothing to change their opinions of him. What they don't know is that he harbors a secret, a secret that can set him free, but also trap him forever.Refusing to give in to that which can lead him to a path of freedom, Blake Leaf allows the darkness... read more
Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that's what he's trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches' Guardians, who are able to control a witches' ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan's case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost al... read more
A fascinating look at the brave belles of Missouri! Wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends, and mothers—they risked their lives and their freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. In spite of the danger, they persevered in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the guerrillas. These courageous women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides, and mail... read more
Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da.....Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, ... read more
On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, after a night of partying in nearby Edgartown. Kennedy was unharmed and returned to Edgartown as if nothing had happened. His cousin Joe Gargan was reportedly willing to take the rap for the wreck, but he was not going to be held responsible for a death!In the morning, a... read more
Was Dr. Etienne Deschamps a vicious murderer, or insane? The French dentist made his home in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In addition to traditional dental procedures, he treated patients by using his supposed magnetic and hypnotic powers, frequently using chloroform. Dangerously obsessed with the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte, Deschamps began a search for the perfect spirit medium to gu... read more
Two people begrudgingly perfect for each other, creates the ideal recipe for imperfect love.At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sin... read more
A comedy show where no one is laughing is anything but funny, so from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, stand-up comedian Robert Perlow made it his mission to keep the energy flowing on television sets. Perlow perfected his routine as a warmup guy on the sets of some of television’s most popular shows, including Friends, Growing Pains, Cheers, Full House, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. F... read more
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A fiction/non-fiction editor with wide-ranging interests, I specialize in refining the elements of good writing: voice, style, and grammar.
Experienced + enthusiastic editor of romance, mystery, YA and women's fiction. 8 years experience at Penguin including NY Times bestsellers.