I specialize in helping subject-matter experts turn their know-how into interesting and informative books for a wide audience. Do you have a story to tell? Or a message or body of knowledge that you're sure others would find intriguing or would benefit from? Are you eager to share it with the world?
Topics I've worked on include memoir and biography; health, nutrition, and fitness; cookbooks; travel; psychological self-help; relationships; literary topics; current events and social studies; sexuality; spirituality.
With a bachelor's degree in nutrition/food science and a master's degree in liberal arts, I bring to my work as an editor both the empirical approach of the sciences and the critical sensibility of the humanities. One of my skills is ensuring that complicated subjects are presented to the lay reader in comprehensible yet intelligent language.
I've freelanced for several book publishers, including:
-Perseus Books Group (a subsidiary of Hachette)
-Harvard University Press (through Westchester Pub. Services)
-Hunter House (I was their "go to" freelance editor from 1999-2014, when they were acquired by Turner Pub.)
-Health Communications, Inc.
-Rowman and Littlefield
Other ongoing work experience:
Co-owner of Mezza Luna Pizzeria, which is consistently voted best pizza in Eugene. My husband and I and our business partners opened the first location in 2005 and the third in 2014.
Fitness instructor at Jazzercise, the original dance-fitness program. I teach three to five classes per week.
Performed all levels of editing, including content development, developmental editing, rewriting, line editing, copy editing, proofreading. Did some original writing, of both features and shorts.
Wrote two restaurant reviews (approximately 1,600 words total) each week for Houston’s primary newsweekly.
Worked with the London insurance market to insure aviation- and energy-related risks.
WINNER OF THE 2017 J. ANTHONY LUKAS PRIZE On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street co... read more
Curate Surprising and Delicious Cheese Boards at HomeTired of the same-old cheese plate? So were fromager Brian Keyser and pastry chef Leigh Friend when they set out to change the cheese game at New York City's Casellula Cheese & Wine Café—and change it they did. Now they're sharing their secrets in this insider's guide to the wide, wondrous world of cheese, and the condiments that bring it to... read more
While the Grohl family had always been musical-the family sang together on long car trips, harmonizing to Motown and David Bowie-Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that rock stardom was meant to be for her son. And as Virginia watched her son's star rise, ... read more
Endometriosis materializes when the endometrium – the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus – sheds, but does not exit a woman’s body during her period. Instead, it grows outside of the uterus, spreading to organs and nerves in and around the pelvic region. The resulting pain is so physically and emotionally insufferable that it can mercilessly dominate a woman’s life. The average woman w... read more
Part whistle-blower book, part bone health bible, Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide is the first consumer book to expose the shocking difficulty of getting an accurate bone density reading and the serious risks of long-term use of osteoporosis medications, which are often prescribed based on inaccurate readings. In addition to this vital information about bone density testing, Dr. Lani ... read more
In today’s fast-paced world, sixty days sounds like a long time. But what if you could change your health forever in those sixty days? Originally designed by Dr. Jessica Black as a way to positively impact the lives of diabetics, The Freedom Diet reaches far beyond controlling blood sugar levels. Dr. Black’s plan helps people gain the freedom to enjoy life to its fullest by converting unhealth... read more
A Safe Place for Women tells a harrowing, but ultimately hopeful, story of one woman's ordeal with an abusive husband and how she gained the strength to leave him and thrive in a new life with her children. Noted women's advocate Kelly White unsparingly revisits the dark periods of her husband's irrational, violent moods. Her narrative makes clear why women often stay in such situations--and a... read more
The first edition of Female Ejaculation and the G-Spot was meant to raise awareness about the phenomenon of female ejaculation and resurrect a now lost wonder, as well as the mystery surrounding this aspect of female sexuality. It empowered women who already ejaculated and taught women who wanted to. The second edition of the book promises to do even more through its mindful approach to awaken... read more
Bladder problems affect millions of people, and recovery is often difficult and incomplete. As a registered nurse, Wendy Cohan has provided health information and treatments for patients with a number of bladder conditions. She begins with a description of the anatomy and function of the urological system and the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of typical bladder problems. She lists frequ... read more
Based on the idea that it is our own response to a situation rather than the situation itself that creates a particular outcome, The EROS Equation is a unique approach to improving relationships. Instead of focusing on difficult partners or problems, author and relationship adviser Eve Eschner Hogan enables us to uncover new and creative responses in ourselves using the EROS equation. As s... read more
Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development, as well as physical health. Author Paul Foxman believes there are three interacting ingredients that contribute to anxiety in children -- biological sensitivity, personality, and stress overload.The Worried Child shows that anxiety is preventable – or can at least be minimized – by raising children's self conf... read more
Renowned for her screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Her adventurous life story is told through authoritative text and hundreds of photos in Ava: A Life in Movies.Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy A... read more
The Drive follows Teresa Bruce on her 2003 road trip through Mexico and onto the Pan American Highway, in a rickety camper with her old dog and new husband in tow. Bruce first set off on the exact same route in 1973, her parents at the helm and their two young daughters in tow, as a reaction to the accidental death of their youngest child, Bruce's brother John John. Her attempt to follow the r... read more
Keeping the love in your marriage requires skills that most of us have not been taught in school or at home. Many people think that the secret to marriage is FINDING the love of your life. Of greater importance is KEEPING the love in your life from that moment on.This book's premise is that love, like self-esteem, doesn't go away; it just gets blocked by negative experiences, comments and beli... read more
Many men and women enter relationships with high hopes and romantic passion, only to find themselves feeling angry, hurt, disappointed, and frustrated. They may begin to doubt whether they’ll ever free themselves from painful patterns and rediscover their passion. The majority of relationship books focus on how partners interact. But the advice offered is often impossible to follow because it ... read more
Turner Publishing is proud to present another heartfelt memoir from the early life of the novelist, poet, and activist, Sandra Hochman. Following Hochman's Loving Robert Lowell that revealed the details of her affair with one of America's greatest poets, Remembering Paris 1958-1960, A Memoir chronicles Sandra's years before meeting Lowell, her first teenaged love and subsequent tumultuous marr... read more
"Hell no. It’s over. I am done."Saying it to him felt so damned good. God knows he deserved it. Still deserves it. So why is it that only a few weeks later, I doubt if I can stand by what I said? X That Ex is the long-awaited answer for women who have left a bad relationship and don’t want to go back. It is incredibly common for women to leave partners who are emotionally unavailable, disrespe... read more
It isn’t enough to celebrate the death penalty’s demise. We must learn from it.When Henry McCollum was condemned to death in 1984 in rural North Carolina, death sentences were commonplace. In 2014, DNA tests set McCollum free. By then, death sentences were as rare as lethal lightning strikes. To most observers this national trend came as a surprise. What changed? Brandon Garrett hand-collected... read more
Daniel Boulud is a pioneer of our contemporary food culture-from the reinvention of French food to the fine dining revolution in America. A modern man with a classical foundation and a lifetime of experience, Boulud speaks with passion about the vocation of creating food. Part memoir, part advice book, part recipe book, this updated edition celebrating of the art of cooking will continue to de... read more
In a revolutionary departure from everything we've been told about body-positivity, The Body Is Not an Apology founder Sonya Renee Taylor explicitly makes the connection between radical self-acceptance and social justice.Systems of oppression thrive off of our inability to make peace with bodies and difference. When we develop the ability to honor difference and radically accept ourselves, we ... read more
As a survivor of the devastating civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Joseph Kaifala recounts the harrowing details af an early life punctuated by unimaginable violence and his journey to survival that eventually led him to the United States. Told with humility and grace, Adamalui is the true story of one man's unshakable faith, thirst for knowledge, and indomitable will.
For the first thirteen years of her life, Flor Edwards grew up in the Children of God. The group's nomadic existence was based on the belief that, as God's chosen people, they would be saved in the impending apocalypse that would envelop the rest of the world in 1993. Flor would be 12 years old. The group's charismatic leader, Father David, kept the family on the move, from Los Angeles to Bang... read more
From an award-winning journalist and beer expert, a thoughtful and witty guide to understanding and enjoying beerRight here, right now is the best time in the history of mankind to be a beer drinker. America now has more breweries than at any time since prohibition, and globally, beer culture is thriving and constantly innovating. Drinkers can order beer brewed with local yeast or infused with... read more
Regular exercise can reduce a person's biological age by 10 to 20 years, and the key to exercising effectively is maintaining and increasing strength. A higher level of strength also improves immune systems, helps prevent age-related diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis, lowers stress, and increases mental acuity. Written by a master athlete over 50, this accessible book offers specific ... read more
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A professional editor with specialized education and over 15 years of experience, 10 of which were spent in-house at a major book publisher.
An experienced editor, with a particular love for travel and memoir, who has lived and worked in the US, UK, Australia, and Africa.