I've been editing professionally since receiving my MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in 2003. And in 2013 I completed a year-long fellowship at University of Texas Press. I've worked on over sixty books, doing everything from developmental editing to proofreading and indexing. My portfolio includes books by NYT bestselling author and indie publisher Susan Wittig Albert, award-winning indie Kathryn Lane, distinguished historian John Tutino, and pop culture scholar Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley as well as Louis Black (cofounder of SXSW, among other things) and screenplay expert Jill Chamberlain. I'm fluent (not native) in Spanish and love a good history as well as a puzzling mystery. Send me your best; let's make it better together!
"Sandra has been my copy editor on a dozen novel-length projects. She’s informed, experienced, careful, professional. She goes beyond proofreading to offer suggestions for clarity, flow—and she delivers on time, sometimes sooner. Highly recommended."
—Susan Wittig Albert
"Sandra is a brilliant indexer. I don’t know how she did it, but she found far more terms than I would have thought of, she knew how to nest certain concepts with larger concepts, and she cross-referenced terms that I know from experience other indexers have missed. If I didn’t know better, I would have guessed that she helped write the book! I cannot say enough about Sandra’s quality of work, her punctuality, and her complete professionalism. I felt incredibly lucky to have found her. Quite simply, Sandra has redefined the art of an index."
- Michener Fellowship
- University of Texas Press Publishing Fellowship
- R.D. Brown Memorial Scholarship
- MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting
University of Texas Press
This year-long program is a hands-on apprenticeship in manuscript editing—from cleaning up manuscripts in preparation for copyediting, to copyediting and line editing, to proofreading and indexing. I was project manager for three books and copyedited another three during my fellowship year, and since then I've had regular offers of indexing and copyediting projects. The editors at UT Press also refer authors to me when a book or article manuscript needs developmental editing, or when a fiction title comes their way (they focus on nonfiction). Although I'm not a native Spanish speaker, I can spot missed accents and suggest smoothing an awkward translation, so I'm often asked to work on Latin American history.
My greatest joy is growing along with an author. I've edited for NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert and historian John Tutino. Among the books I've indexed are a memoir for rocker Kathy Valentine and a how-to by screenplay expert Jill Chamberlain. I'm fluent (not native) in Spanish and love a good history as well as a puzzling mystery. Send me your best; let's make it better together!
I've studied with Jeff Abbott, Susan Wittig Albert, Jacqui Banaszynski, Lee Blessing, Jessica Brody, John Coetzee, Lisa Cron, Robert Dugoni, Hallie Ephron, Diana Gabaldon, Anthony Giardina, Michael Hauge, Stephen Harrigan, Elizabeth Harris, Denis Johnson, Margie Lawson, Rosina Lippi-Green (Sara Donati), Penelope Lively, Donald Maas, Robert McKee, Michael Ondaatje, Anne Perry, Dominic Smith, Sherry Thomas, Chuck Wendig, Joy Williams, and others.
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