I am a professional fiction and nonfiction editor working remotely from my home office in northeastern Pennsylvania. I have edited more than one hundred titles for my full-time job, headquartered in New York City, and am looking to extend those services on a freelance basis to writers wishing to brush up their manuscripts before submitting to agents/publishing houses or before custom/self-publishing.
At this time, I'm available for full and partial (recommended: first 50 pages, first 100 pages) manuscript critiques, copy editing, and proofreading.
Regardless of the service booked, when you work with me, you are working with a publishing consultant, as well. Included in any services booked, you'll also get answers to any of the traditional publishing questions you've always wondered: What genre does my book fall under? How can I make my book summary/blurb stand out? How do I decide what my trim size should be? Would photographs enhance or distract from my memoir? Is my audience adult or young adult? Is there crossover potential? What do you think of my title/cover? What's my next step? As we work together, I'd be happy to answer any of these and more.
Feel free to contact me for more information about my services or me.
I offer editorial services via my website, where I also keep a complete list of all titles I've worked on at my full-time job, as well as those titles I have worked on as a freelancer/consultant that have either sold to publishing companies or were successfully custom/self-published.
I do everything you can possibly imagine—seriously. From acquiring and editing, to photo research for cover designs, and everything in between (writing sales points, cover copy, securing endorsements, directing interior design), I have my hands in just about everything for every one of the books on my list. Seasons come and go, but I'm happy to say that I remain in touch with many of my authors, even after publication. My main focus areas including adult nonfiction cooking and lifestyle titles, as well as young adult fiction and nonfiction and picture books. (I know this is an odd combination, but I'm more than pleased to be doing all of it!)
Honed my writing skills here! I co-authored and was a ghost writer for many Cram Plan and For Dummies books, including Culinary Careers for Dummies. (That one was my favorite!) I wrote test-prep materials for grades K through 12, as well as for professionals such as vet techs and lawyers.
Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge i... read more
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her... read more
Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled t... read more
Holly Russo couldn’t be happier. Christmas, her favorite time of year, is only seven weeks away, and her boyfriend has just popped the question. David is steady and reliable, and Holly knows he’ll give her a wonderful life. The kind of life she’s always wanted. Then her new neighbor moves in. Josh O’Toole is also approaching the festive season with joy. He loves his teaching job. He’s about to... read more
A 2015 Whitney Award Nominee!A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in C... read more
From Thomas Keller to Julia Childhundreds of quotes that are sure to please anyone who loves to cook, bake, drink, and eat.As American chef and food writer James Beard once said, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience." Everyone has a favorite food or meal, a method of cooking or baking they swear by, or a secret ingredient they utilize whenever possible. Food brings friends and f... read more
From engagement to honeymoon, this little book will provide you with all the basics to start planning your dream wedding.The moments after accepting a marriage proposal are exciting and romantic, but they can also be overwhelming and sometimes even confusing. Immediately after sharing the news, brides are often bombarded with questions: Have you set a date? What are your colors? Who are your b... read more
An inspiring story about determination, bullying, and the invisible hands that brought a man and dog together to overcome their dark legacies. While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery... read more
A propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past.” Kate Christensen In his three novellas, In Short Measures,” Strong Conspirators,” and Sally Forth,” Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual loveand the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades. Each novella a... read more
I came to in the middle of it, like waking inside a horror movie, silent scream and all. Eyes wide open. I was standing at an open window, staring at the dizzying curve of Riverside Drive, five floors below. I’d stopped, somehow, poised, about to jump.Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was twelve when her seemingly inno... read more
A finalist for the 2015 LAMBDA Literary Award.What if you weren’t sexually attracted to anyone?A growing number of people are identifying as asexual. They aren’t sexually attracted to anyone, and they consider it a sexual orientationlike gay, straight, or bisexual.Asexuality is the invisible orientation. Most people believe that everyone” wants sex, that everyone” understands what it means ... read more
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfectit’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But t... read more
Girl meets lobster. Girl loves lobster. But can girl save lobster? That’s the question at the center of this sweet and sassy picture book about Lucy, her shell-y friend Sherman, and the seafood-loving town they inhabit. Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. A... read more
When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she’s determined to overcome her losses of swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin meets her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure. Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused.... read more
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ferguson is trying to get struck by lightning. Hopefully it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. And then maybe her mom will be as devoted to her as she is to her lightning strike survivors group.When Rachel discovers letters written by her mother's soul mate—the man she thought was her father—she begins to question everything she's always b... read more
Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not... read more
The first book in a scifi retelling of the Mahabrahata. When Esmae wins a contest of skill, she sets off events that trigger an inevitable and unwinnable war that pits her against the family she would give anything to return to. In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the ... read more
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Insightful, collaborative editing from an award-winning NYC editor with 10+ years experience, formerly of Penguin Random House.
A writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in editorial publishing, currently the Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner.