Worked one-on-one with writers to build their novels from the ground up. Guided them through various exercises inspired by Lisa Cron's STORY GENIUS, edited weekly submissions, and offered editorial insight. We worked together on outlines, character sketches, and scene cards to ensure writers felt confident to begin drafting.
Read romance and YA manuscripts submitted to small publisher, wrote detailed reader reports outlining strengths and weaknesses.
Provide developmental edits, line edits, copy edits, and query assessments for numerous writers, including many repeat clients.
Worked as a copy editor for professional newspaper at the University of Washington. Circulation: 10,000.
A heartbreaking and lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate--whether they inherited their mother's Huntington's disease.Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist--and to convince her music ... read more
From the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends.Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical co... read more
The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.Today, she hates him. It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student counc... read more
The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to... read more
“A gripping and atmospheric contemporary thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews “Complex, captivating, and gorgeously written.” —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying We Were Liars meets Goodbye Days in this thrilling debut novel that sweeps readers away as they try to solve the mystery of what happened then to make Ellory so broken now.It’s hard to find the truth benea... read more
"Weepingly funny." --The Wall Street Journal"Delightful." --BuzzFeed"Charmed my socks off." --David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and MosquitolandFour starred reviews for this incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and... read more
Michael Sterling disappeared from his Maine town five years ago. Everyone assumed he was kidnapped. The truth is worse―he ran away and found the life he always dreamed of.But now, at seventeen, he's Sean Woodhouse. And he's come "home," to the last place he wants to be, to claim the small inheritance his grandparents promised him when he graduated high school, all so he can save Trip, the neig... read more
“Anywhere but here” has its drawbacks.“...like Joss Whedon's Firefly but for teenagers.” – The YA’s NightstandDo your Test results define you?Teens flee their Test results in a not-quite-stolen spaceship that they can’t even fly. An ensemble adventure with intrigue, science, and deception.“...everything I love about science fiction” – Donnie Darko Girl review blog “Right from the beginning I w... read more
Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their lives intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and uproot their lives.PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm? AMANDA: Who is this? The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real esta... read more
A space station caper! Here’s the sequel to the award-winning Queen & Commander.Is it really stealing when you take back what’s yours?Exhausted and broke, Rhiannon’s Hive limps into John Wayne Station on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Safe at last, this stop-over is looking bright until the authorities steal their ship’s engine. The only solution: steal it back!Between stage-handing a play (at the l... read more
The Hive Queen Saga's Thrilling Conclusion! Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They've outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.Since joining up, they’ve traveled farther and farther away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owne... read more
Before she became an American Space Ranger. Before she joined Queen-Commander Rhiannon on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Before she was sentient, robotic M3L-15-A was a nanny.In this science fiction short story, Melissa turns her child-rearing programming on herself and climbs to sentience. She would happily continue in her caregiving role, but her new interests lead her to less-than-ideal choices (... read more
A First Place Category Winner for the Cygnus Awards 2015What can your phone do for you?This is the story of a girl and her iPhone. No, that’s not quite right. This is the story of a middle-aged statistician and her best friend. Though she didn’t consider herself middle-aged. And the best friend was more of a roommate-with-whom-she’d-developed-a-friendship. And this description completely ignor... read more
Shapeshifting cats in space! A novella of mistaken identity...300 years ago, Earth was destroyed, but the Terrans aren’t giving up. Maya Qaitra is a special type of Terran, created to sniff out biologically compatible species. But Maya’s talent comes with a hefty cosmetic price: half the time, she looks like a mountain lion.On a space station over the planet Elsajh, she’s mistaken for a local ... read more
'90s grunge kid Conrad Jacoby is on the verge of graduating from Hiawatha High. Eager to leave the nest and his alcoholic Vietnam veteran father behind, Conrad joins the workforce where he tests his luck at minimum wage jobs in food service and retail, building his savings and his backbone with the goal of moving out. Although Conrad is determined, he quickly finds that his sheltered Minnesota... read more
20 stories of magic and technologyAlmost everyone carries a smartphone these days. They sit in pockets and on tables. They sleep on headboards and are the first things their owners check in the morning. They’ve edged out more mundane equipment like calendars and MP3 players.They aren’t magical, of course. Or are they?In Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, 21 authors twist reality and call in... read more
“Heartwarming, endearing, and sure to leave you swooning, What I Like About You shines with authentic characters you will absolutely fall in love with. This story is as sweet as the cupcakes you’ll be craving by the end!” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this ... read more
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Experienced book editor formerly @ HarperCollins and Little Brown, working on a range of fiction including literary, commercial, crime + YA.
Former Agent, Writers House, now Expat; two Newbery & NBA authors. I take a holistic, highly customized approach with a plan