I went freelance in early 2015, and have since enjoyed the flexibility to work on many different kinds of books in different editorial capacities. As a freelancer, I split my time roughly 50/50 between editing for Big Five publishers and working with independent authors at all different stages of their writing careers.
I'm comfortable with both fiction and nonfiction. Literary fiction is my main focus, though I'm always happy to dip into genre-crossover work as well. In nonfiction, I work with memoir, science, history, health, and various kinds of narrative and practical nonfiction. It's very rare that I work on romance, YA, or inspirational fiction and nonfiction.
I’m based in Durham, NC, where I live with my girlfriend Lara and my dog Buff.
"William helped me shape Boy Erased into a book that would catch the attention of a Riverhead editor I continue to work with today. He helped me examine the scope of my memoir's vision, all the while helping to shape the tone and grammar of the story. He was absolutely essential to every step of the writing process."--Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased
"Adept and insightful, William is an editor any writer would be lucky to have on their side. His precise and surgical edits elevate my novel to a level I wouldn't have been able to achieve on my own. He is thorough and perceptive. The depth of his understanding of my work and goals is astonishing. Having worked with William, my novel found its perfect home at Europa Editions. This year, I returned to his expertise for my second novel. With any luck, I will be back with a third. William has me as a lifelong client." - Abbigail Rosewood, author of If I Had Two Lives.
As a freelancer, I've worked with several Big Five publishers to get books ready for market, including editing multiple New York Times bestsellers. I've also worked with countless authors who are on the road to publication, whether that means seeking an agent and pursuing traditional publishing options, or publishing independently.
Barer Literary, LLC (now part of The Book Group)
As an agent at Barer Literary, I managed my own client list as well as providing editorial support for all of the agency's clients. Authors I worked with included Garrard Conley, Emma Rathbone, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Paula McLain, Lily King, Luis Urrea, and Celeste Ng.
Little, Brown and Company
At Little, Brown I worked under two outstanding editors who taught me immeasurable amounts about how to improve both fiction and nonfiction on the page. I was also lucky that they valued my input and gave me space to do real editorial work alongside them. I was also acquiring my own list, including Paul Lynch's Red Sky in Morning. I worked with authors such as Daniel Woodrell, Edna O'Brien, Sam Kean, Annie Jacobsen, and Tom Wolfe.
Barer Literary, LLC
At Barer Literary I was engaged in every step of the publishing process from start to finish. I provided editorial support for clients like Lauren Grodstein, Madeline Miller, Joshua Ferris, Helen Simonson, and Kathleen Kent.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
At Algonquin, I learned my way around the query pile and started forming an idea of how the book industry works (and doesn't work!). It's where my passion for literature started to collide with my professional interests.
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