In 8th grade, I was assigned to write a five-page short story. I ended up getting stuck inside the story and writing over twenty pages.
When my sister and I were kids, we would play “catalog business.” She’d handle the bookkeeping and the product photos; I’d write the descriptions.
A fascination with communicating through words carried me through my childhood and has compelled me through my adult life as well. I love book clubs and mentoring teens who love reading and writing.
I’ve been editing for nearly 10 years—as a freelancer since 2011. I love the freedom and flexibility my freelance writing and editing provide. These elements allow me to collaborate with each client to tailor my services to their needs. I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and am active in the Boston chapter; I’m also a member of Bookbuilders of Boston. The My Work page tells more about my experience, and the Services & Rates page explains the breadth of my offerings for clients.
I spent more than 3 years as an associate editor for Writer’s Digest Books. I edited 8-10 books each year, coordinated Writer’s Digest writing competitions, and helped with Writer’s Digest magazine and Writer’s Digest University. My work there gave me a unique window into the inner workings of the publishing world and the writing life. Through my work, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with bestselling authors, industry leading agents, and everyday writers. I’ve gotten to write and edit compelling content from books and magazines, to websites and social media, to marketing and business communications.
I was also the communications director for Stop Traffick Fashion for 4 years; STF is a boutique that sells jewelry, handbags, and t-shirts made by survivors of human trafficking. There I coordinated the blog, wrote web copy, and handled promotional correspondence. I love merging my passions for writing and restoring hope to exploited people. I’ve visited the headquarters of one of STF’s vendors, Freeset, in Kolkata, India.
I graduated from Miami University with a degree in Adolescent English Education and am a former middle school language arts teacher.
I love reading and writing short stories, and I hope to publish a collection someday. My nonliterary endeavors include cooking and swimming. I live in Jamaica Plain in Boston with my husband, who is a minister.