I believe I’ve always appreciated the power of story. My earliest story memories include:
- My grandmother and great-aunts telling stories of growing up in a rural community (which included outhouses, gardens, and quilting circles).
- My grandfather’s “embellished” stories, which stood in stark contrast to my grandmother’s stories.
- Old Yeller, which completely traumatized me and since childhood I’ve refused to go near the book or watch the movie.
As a small child, my favorite book was Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss, and as I grew older and the books got longer, I could often be found in a crook of the large mulberry tree in our back yard, immersed in a book. I still vividly remember the first time I read Gone With the Wind and Les Miserables.
Today, all grown up, I’m still as passionate about stories, and now I also get to help people share their own stories.
As an editor, I work with authors to polish their stories and make them shine. As a book buddy, I help authors make educated decisions about their publishing journey and guide them in plotting their route to a finished book. When I’m not helping others, I’m working toward my own writing goals.
While it’s never been easier to publish a book than now, many authors find it’s never been more confusing. Too many options, too much information.
My goal is to clear the confusion and help authors have more fun.
I’ve worked with authors in multiple genres, in both fiction and non-fiction, including memoir, self-help, cozy mystery and true crime. Each project is more than just an editor-client arrangement. These are partnerships — editor and author working together on each author’s unique story and unique set of goals.
Because authors’ stories and goals are varied, so is my work. (Which is good, by the way, because I love variety!) Some days I’m doing a final proofread for a fellow developmental editor; other days I’m setting up an Amazon author page or Goodreads account for a publishing client.
Here are some examples of my client work:
- Editing and publishing work for a retired homicide detective — updated three self-published print books, created ebook formats of each, and set them up on ebook retailers. Ongoing work includes editing a new true crime book, author website setup, and social media.
- Copy editing for a cozy mystery writer.
- Substantive and copy editing on a memoir by a woman with a lifelong eating disorder, plus consulting on platform-building and social media.
- Editing and self-publishing assistance on a memoir about a family’s escape from Nazi Germany during WWII.
- Editing and self-publishing assistance on a memoir written by a prominent Houston-area DJ.
My goal with each client is to not only make their stories the best they can be, but to help authors become savvy authorpreneurs. At the end of each project, I want to see each client more confident about taking charge of their publishing career.
If you need help with your story, visit my Services page for more of the nitty-gritty details, or send me a note using the Contact form. Or if you prefer, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps you’re not ready to publish, or you don’t even have a manuscript ready for editing, but you’d love to up your author savvy. Sign up for my newsletter — using the form at the bottom of this page — and get weekly updates with news you can use to grow your writing career.
The Other Thing
A portion of my weekly schedule is spent having a great time as a member of Dan Blank’s team at WeGrowMedia (wegrowmedia.com). Dan works with authors and other creative professionals, helping them share their work and connect with their audience. I joined WeGrowMedia in June 2014 as an intern, and my husband tease that I was, without a doubt, the oldest intern he’d ever met. Fine by me — I was in, and wasn’t worried at all about a title.
My post-internship title is Project Coordinator, but again, the title isn’t a big deal. We’re now a three-person team at WeGrowMedia, having added the incredibly talented Leah Shoemaker this past summer. Leah designs beautiful things, and I help keep things running. We’re hard at work developing and launching new courses and offerings to help authors and creative professionals share their work and build their own businesses.
If You Need More
- I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Houston
- During college, I did an editing internship on the copy desk at the Houston Chronicle
- When I was young, I wanted to be a stunt car driver when I grew up (still do, actually)
- I’m a pretty good cook
- I’m passionate about rescue dogs
Surely that’s enough about me. If you need to know more, email me at email@example.com with your burning questions.