Created a video production unit at the university, managing employees, creating scripts, and supervising production and editing of award-winning promotional videos. Was also the content editor for the university's main website for two of those years.
I do substantive editing for book-length commercial fiction in most genres. My edits go deep, looking at not only story but characterization and structure--I've been known to reorganize a manuscript and to suggest new endings (which were adopted). On the line-editing side, I'm a continuity hawk, frequently spotting when the details of a story disagree from point to point. While respecting an author's voice at all times, I work to tighten the narrative and help that voice sing. In addition, I design book covers and interiors for small publishers and indie authors, sometimes doing both the edit and the book design for indie publishers.
Wrote half-hour screenplays for animated TV shows, and edited the work of outside writers. Also wrote the screenplay for an adaptation of "The Little Engine that Could" for Warner Bros. Home Video.
Started as a copywriter and grew to be the creative director (read "editor"), senior VP and director of a medium-sized Chicago ad agency. Along the way I held writing and creative director positions at major agencies including Leo Burnett and D'Arcy. I wrote and produced more than 70 television commercials and countless ads. Creating ads and supervising writers and art directors honed my skills at making every word--and choice of word--have an effect. Those writing and editing skills, along with coaching writers to improve their copy, inform the skill set I bring to editing today. Note: during this span, two years were with Filmation, not advertising.
Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling is•a one-book remedy for a host of beginner-novelist ailments•a tune-up for published authors•a resource for editors and their clientsTess Gerritsen, bestselling author of Die Again: “Whether you’re writing your first novel or your twentieth, this book is a must-have for any novelist. And it’s one of the most readable, entertaining books on writin... read more
In adversity lies strength beyond imagining.Abandoned as a baby, young Emelyn’s life as a housemaid in the quiet village of Fallow is unremarkable—and empty. That is, until a host of magical creatures arrives and inflicts terrible misdeeds on the townsfolk. Inexplicably immune to their enchantments, Emelyn joins a pair of Magi intent on stopping the cause of the trouble—and who claim to know o... read more
A single cop and a childless woman team up to keep an abusive father from stealing his little girl.Annie Mac’s estranged husband vows that nothing will stop him from getting his baby girl. Not Annie Mac and certainly not that boy of hers.Only four blocks away, Hannah Morgan lives in comfort with her husband and dog, making pottery and waiting for her best friend to come home. When she discover... read more
**** Indie Book Awards Finalist ****Terrorists attack a London Underground train, slaughtering two-hundred innocents in seconds with a nanoweapon small enough to hide in a hint of perfume.Detective Chief Inspector Quinnborne, defies orders and hunts for the weapon's unhinged genius creator. The authorities label Quinnborne a traitor, but when the nanotechnology spirals out of control, his grit... read more
Over a thousand years have passed since the Long Wars ended and the higher gods abandoned the lands of Arden. Divided and fearful, Arden has managed to secure a restless peace.But peace never lasts. Darkness creeps through the lands once more.Salvarias, a man born of shadow and fire, will become hunted for his magic and a power that can grant a vile god instant victory. Only his brother, Wilhe... read more
“Of course, no matter where in the world she was, she could never have stayed hidden, not as long as he was willing to kill innocent people until he found her. The question was, had he stopped killing people, or was she next on his list?”--Robin Patchen, award winning author of Finding Amanda and Twisted Lies. About CONVENIENT LIES:She married her enemy.When investigative journalist Reagan McA... read more
"Unique women's fiction story packed with emotion, humor and sexiness. I could not turn the pages quickly enough..." ~Caridad Pineiro, NYT Times & USA Today Bestselling Romance Author2017 Independent Publishers Award in Romance (Bronze)Forty-two and widowed, romance writer Jillian Grant believes hospitals equal death. Plagued by loss and convinced more is imminent, she has come to equate the a... read more
Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice elemental magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel's long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother's soul.That simply won't do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. N... read more
Palestine, 1948. As the war ravages the now divided nation, twin infant brothers in a burned-up convoy are unknowingly separated. One is collected by a Palestinian family on the run, the other by a freshly settled Jewish couple. The twins spend their lives on either side of the divide, fearing, hating, and fighting the enemy in an ever increasing spiral of violence where death and sorrow are p... read more
While dealing with visions of her death, Dr. Sandra Wilson races against the clock to develop a genetic vaccine that will, in the future, save the life of the one who will lead the final battle between angels and demons.Enter the world of the Angelorum and meet the Nephilim Rogue who has been dogging Simon, and get a view into the genetics project that started it all as destinies entwine to de... read more
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A former Hachette editor of SF/F, romance, and commercial fiction. Lover of all things nerdy, steamy, and everything in between.
Flexible, fierce, efficient editor with decades of experience in editing everything from horror to science fiction to literary fiction.