Open for Business
I have exciting news: I am finally realizing my dream of being an editor! Beginning in March, I will be offering my services as a developmental editor. For more information (and to get an estimate for your project), see my new Editing Services page.
My Journey to Editing
As a teenager, I was determined to become a published author. However, I was also determined to eat, which meant getting a marketable degree so I could get a job that paid something. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out what to do other than teach piano. And wouldn’t you know the university I went to didn’t have a music program? So, I majored in English.
Toward the end of my sophomore year, I realized that I had always loved editing, and I wanted to be an editor. I tried to find information about becoming an editor, but at the time, the only way to become an editor seemed to be moving to New York City and taking an unpaid, full-time internship. Since I had no idea how to afford living in New York City without getting paid, I set that dream aside.
In the following years, I earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I think some people described the program as drinking from a fire-hose. I learned so much and had so much fun.
I became active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and began working with writers in an unofficial capacity. Then, I began to teach. As I consult with young writers, helping them make their projects the best they can be; as I teach talented students the intricacies of plot and character that I learned at VCFA; as I edit articles and write books—I realize how much I love this life.