I am a freelance editor of children’s and young adult fiction with over a decade of in-depth professional publishing experience. As a senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, I had the pleasure of working with talented authors and artists on books for ages 0–18+ in a variety of genres, from picture books and poetry collections to middle grade and young adult novels. During my career, I have edited numerous acclaimed and bestselling books for children and teens, including #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Lamda Literary Award finalist, a William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist, an Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy nominee, an Edgar Award nominee, Bram Stoker Award nominees, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.
I love collaborating with authors and illustrators, helping to identify a work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that an author or illustrator’s vision is shining through from start to finish. Whether you are an author, illustrator, agent, packager, or publisher, I am available for a range of editorial services for children’s and young adult projects, including critiques; detailed editorial feedback; developmental and line editing; query, synopsis, proposal, and copy review; as well as consultation and coaching. I also have experience as a speaker and presenter for a variety of conferences, panels, and workshops. Please visit my portfolio to see some of the books I’ve edited; read testimonials from authors, publishers, and agents I’ve worked with; learn more about the editorial services I offer authors, illustrators, agents, and publishers; and contact me if you are interested in working together.
More about me: I grew up in a series of tiny Southern towns, sans siblings, and even more tragically (at least to a ten-year-old) sans cable. One of my favorite activities was checking out the maximum number of books allowed from my local library. This resulted in multiple trips up and down the library stairs, followed by carefully shuttling all of the books immediately back home. I especially loved rich collections of stories that I could immerse myself in for hours or days – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Sherlock Holmes, everything by L.M. Montgomery – and books that explored another time or place, like Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Those first loves stayed with me during my tenure as a senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. After seven years in New York, I returned to my home state of Virginia in 2013. As an editor and as a reader, I look for stories that are fresh and unique, whether in premise, art style, voice, setting, or mythology. I love meeting characters whose voices leap off the page, books in which the setting becomes a character in itself, and stories that take a standard genre or trope and turn it into something completely unexpected.