I have a PhD in literature and creative writing, an MFA in poetry, and fifteen years of professional editing experience (fiction and nonfiction for general, trade, and academic markets). Combining a natural affinity for language with deep knowledge of editorial principles, I develop written products that are concise, accurate, and audience specific.
My education taught me to think deeply and critically about the ways content is shaped. As an editor, I believe that all writing—whether it aims to inform, persuade, or entertain—approaches the reader first and foremost through story, and that the most effective stories are those presented with clarity and precision.
I edited in house for over five years at Random House and Wiley, and I was editorial director at Heldref Publications, a nonprofit scholarly press, where I oversaw editing and proofreading for eighteen peer-reviewed journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In addition to my full-time editorial positions, I’ve taken on many freelance projects over the years, including academic papers and monographs.
Collaborate with clients to create and unify brand story and communications. Enable meaningful interaction with audiences by focusing on information that is relevant to them, presented in ways they understand.
Supervised an editorial staff of 13 (deputy director, managing editors, proofreaders, and interns) to produce a portfolio of 18 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences.
Taught undergraduate courses in introductory and advanced composition, contemporary fiction, film studies, and creative writing.
Managed a rotating portfolio of 20 titles; proofread and edited projects from manuscript to bound book/ebook; reviewed jacket art and copy from mechanical to final proof.
In the decade and a half since Napster first emerged, forever changing the face of digital culture, the claim that “internet pirates killed the music industry” has become so ubiquitous that it is treated as common knowledge. Piracy is a scourge on legitimate businesses and hard-working artists, we are told, a “cybercrime” similar to identity fraud or even terrorism. In The Piracy Crusade, Aram... read more
Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing—a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural “badlands” of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming... read more
With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses.In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger f... read more
A Girl's Guide to Managing the Money You Make While Living the Life You Want "Cash in the City is destined to become the urban girl's ultimate guide to a glamorous lifestyle . . . on a shoestring salary. It's overflowing with sage advice for living well, looking good, and having fun. I also found a very powerful and upbeat message for young women everywhere-You can create whatever life you des... read more
An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Charles Yu as "a stunningly original voice—warm, bleak, dark, ecstatic, full of silences and power and life" Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeni... read more
“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet th... read more
From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn....Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then she realized her life ... read more
Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father's had a stroke, so it's back to Bush Falls for the town's most fa... read more
Travel writer Claire Spencer doesn't believe in fate, much less any part of that fairy tale, happy ending, love at first sight stuff. Especially not for Amazon-sized women like her. So when Jack, the sexy man who sits next to her on a flight from New York to London, asks her out, Claire figures there has to be a catch. Is he blind? Sleazy? On the rebound? But she decides to accept, and finds h... read more
This is a story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me--And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel,... read more
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemete... read more
Whether by accidental keystroke or deliberate tinkering, technology is often used in ways that are unintended and unimagined by its designers and inventors. In this book, Jessa Lingel offers an account of digital technology use that looks beyond Silicon Valley and college dropouts-turned-entrepreneurs. Instead, Lingel tells stories from the margins of countercultural communities that have made... read more
A sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Junot DíazA fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Her stories cut across generations... read more
The addictive novel about four young friends navigating a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have been friends if they hadn't needed each other. They would never have found each other except for the art which drew them together. They would never hav... read more
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Children's book and kidlit editor specializing in picture books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels.
I have worked with many authors, and I never get tired of helping someone write the very best book they can. It's always a thrill.