After nearly two decades of writing and editing corporate and non-profit materials, I’m turning my skills and experience toward the creative realm. In addition to my work as a Pitch Wars and Teen Pit mentor and book coach with Author Accelerator, I also offer the freelance writing and editing services.
Each year, I select one middle grade author and mentor them through the revision of a full manuscript as part of Pitch Wars. The mentorship process involves teaching craft concepts, revision planning, support, and both developmental and line editing. This mentorship culminates in an Agent Showcase where agents can make requests. My mentees have, in addition to learning a lot about both the business and the craft of writing, all successfully signed with agents as part of this process.
As Co-Regional Advisor for a chapter of over 800 members, I am responsible for coordinating children's literature conferences and events, interfacing with faculty from the publishing industry, and providing our membership with opportunities to connect with the community, build their craft knowledge, and learn about the publishing industry.
What if your husband gave you a kidney and you chugged a beer with your painkillers the next day?What if your loving marriage became a tortured threesome? Husband, Wife and Pills?Meet Henriette and Kevin. As newlyweds, they move to LA to conquer Hollywood. When the dream begins to fade, Henriette delves into a secret life of Pills. Diagnosed with a rejecting kidney transplant, she becomes crip... read more
After Sadie’s son, Mark, is gone, she doesn’t have much use for other people, including her husband. The last person she wants to see is Tinley Greene, who shows up claiming she’s pregnant with Mark’s baby. Sadie knows Tinley must be lying because Mark was engaged and never would have betrayed his fiancée. So she refuses to help, and she doesn’t breathe a word about it to anybody. But in a sma... read more
A magical hotel, a mysterious tree, and a cryptic story about their missing father leads twins Cam and Cass on a worldly adventure in this enchanting debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Wildwood. Twins Cam and Cass have never known their parents. They’ve been told their mother died, and Cass is certain their father abandoned them. Cam isn’t so sure. ... read more
Love. Magic. Revolution...Enchantée is Gita Trelease’s imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished magician desperate to provide for her beloved sister on the eve of the French Revolution.“Deliciously addictive.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval“A heady, sparkling dream of a book.” —Margaret Rogerson, author of An Enchantment of Ravens“An utterly beguiling spell.” —Laura Sebastian, aut... read more
In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this “sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit” (Heather Vogel Frederick).Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder bes... read more
The princess of a frozen queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of terrifying dragons in this middle grade fantasy debut.Princess Toli may be heir to the throne, but she longs to be a fierce hunter and warrior. Alone in a frozen world, her queendom is at the mercy of the dragons that killed her father, and Toli is certain it’s only a matter of time before they come back to destro... read more
Magic doesn't work the way you think it will, but it's what Kate needs as she confronts friendship trouble, her parents' divorce, and Grammy's dementia in this lyrical middle-grade coming-of-age novel for fans of Half a Chance and The Same Stuff as Stars.Kate has trouble believing in magic, especially since the people she loves keep leaving her. But when Grammy tells her the three rules of eve... read more
In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl’s complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.Leah Roberts’s life hasn’t been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won’t stop drinking, her father can’t let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she’s told no one: ... read more
"I am honored to recommend this book to ALL parents. . . . [I]t relates to all families, tolerance, and love." --Greg Berlanti, writer, producer, director"Raw and unfiltered. . . Lowe breaks new ground, highlighting the dire need for further exploration. 5 Hearts." --Foreword Reviews"[A] powerful eye-opener." --Amanda Hopping-Winn, chief program officer, Family Equality Council "Raw, personal,... read more
Dive into a universe of sci-fi wonders.This collection of sci-fi shorts features a variety of brainy young heroines—girls who engineer, tinker, experiment, and more. Voyage to far-off galaxies with girls who use their science savvy to fix rovers, rescue friends, and protect alien critters. Visit steampunk realms where young ladies put their skills to the test building mechanical wonders and so... read more
For fans of The Amazing Race, Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament is the perfect adventure for middle grade readers who like scavenger hunts and puzzle-solving.Twelve-year-old physics whiz Lexi Magill won't let anything stop her from winning Wisconsin's Teleportation Tournament--the annual competition where teams teleport around the world to solve science-based puzzles. She needs the ... read more
At ninety years old, Audrey Thorpe still lives in a historic mansion on palm-tree-lined Victory Drive, determined to retain her independence. But when her health begins to fade, her family hires a part-time caretaker, Laurel. The two women seem to bond--until Audrey disappears. Unbeknownst to Laurel, Audrey has harbored a secret for 70 years, since her time as a nurse in South Pacific during W... read more
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