I began my career in editing in 2005 when I joined the Pamplin Media Group as the Contract Publishing Editor on the newspaper/magazine side of the company and had the privilege of working with talented designers and freelance writers for more than three years. After some pauses in my career, in 2011 I became a freelance editor and began helping independent authors with everything from short stories to novels, self-help books to memoirs.
To say I love the editing facet of my career would be like saying water is wet. I get a deep satisfaction from helping writers find the correct turn of phrase or developing a character or a story to their edge. Editing is also essential to my own writing as well as the community spirit I would like to foster with others. I’ve had the good fortune to work with many people through the years and read some incredible work.
Below is a small sample of some of my edited works:
In 2011 I met a wonderful woman named Bette Lee Crosby. We struck up a professional relationship that has spanned more than two dozen books. Bette writes women’s fiction and stories of the south. With the exception of The Twelfth Child and Life In the Land of Is, I’ve been blessed to edit her memoir and all her other novels. Take a look at Bette’s books and learn more about this incredible storyteller on her site by clicking here.
Parenting expert Ellen Buikema allowed me to tackle her manual for new and seasoned parents alike. She provides practical information with concrete examples and writes in a relatable, likable style.
As a moderator of the Facebook writers’ group Authors’ Tale, I’m proud to be a part of the team that curated the stories for the second anthology produced by the group in 2018. These pieces were real winners and can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart alike.
As an occasional freelance editor for books produced by Aois21 Media, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fascinating works. Cold Flood definitely ranks up there as one of the most unusual of my career thus far because of the interesting challenge it provided by the content.
I provided Jen a manuscript assessment for this incredible story of the Titanic. I still think about her book sometimes and believe that anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially that connected to this tragedy, will love her characters as much as I did.
I’m always open to new editing opportunities; my ideal day would be to spend my waking hours talking about plots, characters, dialogue, narration — all of it! If you think you’re ready for an editor or just want some more information on what an editor can do, click here to read more about my experience as well as what I can offer you as your editor.