My appreciation for children’s literature and young-adult fiction served as a catalyst for my reading and editing interests, but I do not exclusively edit middle-grade or young-adult manuscripts. I truly enjoy playing a small part in unraveling redemptive and authentic words in other writers’ stories.
As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
My philosophy as an editor is to bring out the very best in a writer’s work, making it tighter, richer, and more approachable to readers. I am committed to preserving a writer’s style and voice, helping clients refine their words or story elements so the manuscript clearly resonates with readers.
Maxwell Perkins, famous and beloved literary editor, said it best when reflecting on the profession with other editors:
“An editor does not add to a book. At best he serves as a handmaiden to an author. Don’t ever get to feeling important about yourself, because an editor at most releases energy. A writer’s best work comes entirely from himself … because in the end an editor can only get as much out of an author as the author has in him.”
As a lover of words, I developed a keen interest in language over the years. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. I’m a freelance book editor for Kirkus Editorial, The Reading List, editorial agencies, publishers, and indie authors.
I believe in the power of story and that everyone has a story to tell. My own story of becoming an editor began as a child—as so many stories do. I was a classic reluctant reader who feared the competitiveness in school that so often squashes a love for reading—a fate that did not stand a chance between my journal-scribbling, love for poetry, and unquenchable imagination.
I became an English major enthralled by my creative writing and copyediting courses, as well as the editor-in-chief of N.C. State’s literary arts publication, and the rest—as they say—is history. I worked as a writer and editor for a literary consultancy a year before launching my own freelance business. I was also a full-time content editor for a leading digital marketing agency.
Two major players in shaping my story as a professional editor are (1) the editing community and (2) continued education, including the following.
- Basic Manuscript Editing, University of Chicago Graham School
- Essentials of Grammar, University of Chicago Graham School
- Children’s Literature, University of North Texas, Denton
- Copyediting and Proofreading, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
- Editing Fiction I, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
- Editing Fiction II, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
- Developmental Editing, Author-Editor Clinic
- The Business of Freelance Developmental Editing, Author-Editor Clinic
I am pursuing my Editing certificate at the University of Chicago Graham School. I am a contributing member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network (Christian PEN), a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and an associate member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).