After nearly a decade in production editorial at book publishers Penguin and Random House, I left New York City for Portland, Oregon, and became a full-time freelancer. My expertise is copyediting and proofreading original manuscripts and page proofs.
In a basic copy edit, I focus on clarity, concision, accuracy, consistency, and correctness in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, tightening and rewriting when requested. In a basic proofread, I fix lingering editorial errors and flag production errors in page layout, cross-references, image placement, and design-element consistency. Resources I consult: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16 and 17; Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11; Words into Type, 3; AP Stylebook. We can work together using: Word docs, Google docs, and/or Adobe Acrobat PDFs.
I worked as a copyeditor and production editor at book publishing companies and magazines; as editor in chief of Slice magazine, I edited short stories. I studied substantive editing at NYU and creative writing at Loyola College and was a member of Anna Solomon's Advanced Fiction Writing workshop in Brooklyn. I'm currently studying minimalism techniques in Chuck Palahniuk and Suzy Vitello's writing workshop in Portland.
When I'm not editing, I'm likely writing my own fiction, playing soccer, hiking in the Gorge, or biking around the city.
Copyedit and proofread book-length manuscripts and page proofs for independent authors and publishers such as Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster, totaling more than 400 books in the past four years, including National Book Award nominee NEVER CAUGHT by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Hugo Award winner THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin, and #1 New York Times bestseller I'VE BEEN THINKING... by Maria Shriver.
Directed the copyediting department for eight issues, hiring copyeditors and proofreaders and approving edits to features, infographics, timelines, illustrations, and essays that have gone on to win contests and recognition in The Best American Sports Writing series.
“A testimony to the beauty of print.… The magazine is constantly re-contextualizing the way in which we think about soccer.” —The New Yorker
“The best expression of the state of soccer in America right now.” —The New York Times
Copyedited and proofread range of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including board books, picture books, coloring and activity books, chapter books, junior novels, and middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction.
Oversaw all aspects of production and operation, including conceptualizing features and soliciting short stories, performing substantive editing and copyediting, promoting and fund-raising, managing editorial and production staff of 20+, including hiring and training, liaising with authors, and publishing interviews with Ha Jin and Simon Van Booy as well as original stories by Ramona Ausubel, Kathy Fish, and others.
Promoted from Assistant Production Editor to Associate Production Editor September 2010. Promoted to Production Editor April 2011.
Oversaw and coordinated edits through production, from manuscript to bound book, of nonfiction (self-help, cooking, memoir, trivia, humor, inspiration) and fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, mystery) in trade and mass-market imprints Perigee and Berkley.
Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction “A fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom.” —Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial and Gateway to Freedom A startling and eye-o... read more
Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on ... read more
A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful lifeAs a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, g... read more
With wry wit and poignant humor, Louie Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning comedian starring in Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets, shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy as well as plenty of wisdom he’s gained from his late mother.Louis Anderson has been channeling his beloved mom in his iconic stand-up comedy for decades—but she passed... read more
"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015) WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016This is the way the world ends...for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son a... read more
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys"A must-read!” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut. Justyc... read more
Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. ... read more
A LOCUS AWARD FINALISTONE OF THE GUARDIAN’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS OF 2017A surreal debut novel set in a world shaped by language in the tradition of Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin. Vanja, an information assistant, is sent from her home city of Essre to the austere, wintry colony of Amatka with an assignment to collect intelligence for the government. Immediately she fee... read more
A TIME TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker.Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalanc... read more
“Top-notch” —USA Today “Illuminating” —Washington Post “A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly “Memorable” —People By the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite! After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust... read more
Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives.When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, link... read more
A very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel, now a New York Times bestseller!"Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shri... read more
The stories in this short collection take place in Arizona, and they are as unique and colorful as the place itself. “Just Bring Your Own Food” is about a diner waitress and her struggle to stay employed at a place where she knows she’ll be fired any day. “So She Could See the Color Plue” is the story of a misfit who wants desperately to fit in in the only place on earth where she can see the ... read more
At nineteen, filled with wanderlust and hormones, Dan Martin made the hilariously amazing decision to join the military to travel and meet girls. Three months later, with Desert Storm in full swing, he found himself surrounded by dudes with not much to do. What unfolded was a long, protracted series of adventures into the art of curing boredom. Told in a collection of vignettes, Operation Cure... read more
Worried about the state of business during the zombie apocalypse? You're not alone. In my quest to document our new reality, I’ve spent the past year collecting stellar examples of how everyday businesspeople like you and me are keeping their chins up during the apocalypse: In a transcript titled “Don’t Miss Today’s Webinar on ExitZ, the World’s Only Zombie Employee Offboarding Software Soluti... read more
When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If onl... read more
In 2030, our planet teeters on the brink of political, economic, and environmental catastrophe that threatens our collective survival, will Professor Julian Marshall be able to save us all as he navigates the crisis-riddled, yet superintelligent world of the near future? Climate change, poverty, epidemic disease, human conflict, terrorism, and famine ravage the globe. Amidst the chaos, the Uni... read more
Buried deep under a mountain in rural Utah lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered, worth at least a billion dollars. EarthCore is the only company with the technology to dig a three-mile-long mine shaft, not to mention the guts to go after the mother lode, and EarthCore executive Connell Kirkland is determined to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, wh... read more
"The Boy from the Forge is a coming-of-age story that skillfully combines nostalgia for friendship, first loves, and choosing one's path into adulthood." Max spent the first sixteen years of his life growing up faster than he should have, but with his best friend Del by his side, even the biggest hardships had been manageable. Max and Del did everything together.They bought the same bikes, wor... read more
Based on the incredible true story of an unequaled disaster, Hold Strong is a triumphant tale of love, faith, and courage against all odds.After two and a half years as an American POW in the Philippines, Sam knows how to survive. But when Japanese captors force Sam and eighteen-hundred other prisoners into the hold of a crowded cargo ship, everything changes. Meanwhile, the head of the U.S. c... read more
THE IDEA is a manual for conquering the most important part of the screenwriting or fiction writing process — the first part. Most writers rush too quickly through choosing a story idea, so they can dive into writing it. And it’s the biggest reason most projects don’t move forward in the marketplace: producers and editors are underwhelmed by the central concept. Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe... read more
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