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Publishing Experience – Overview


The College Board – New York, NY

Feb 2016 – Mar 2019

Production Manager, Content Editor, Editorial Manager

Benchmark Education – New Rochelle, NY

Mar 2013 – Jul 2014

Editorial Manager

Manage staff of copy editors for leading publisher of classroom instruction materials in Reading, Literacy, and English Language Arts. Define editorial workflows and processes in Adobe CS; manage projects, schedules, budgets; hire, contract, and manager vendors; and collaborate with Design and Production departments to meet aggressive publishing schedule.

InkSplash, LLC – Bernardsville, NJ

2013 – 2018

Writer and Editor

Writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama passages to spec for use in PSAT and SAT practice tests, and other reading assessment products.

DRC, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN

Mar 2003 – Oct 2012

Senior Editor

Licensing of third-party content for republication in federally mandated, statewide assessments. Writing and editing fiction and nonfiction, poetry and drama passages for high-stakes assessments in Reading and English Language Arts for state departments of education clients.

Coffee House Press – Minneapolis, MN

1995 – 1996

Editorial Intern & Reader

Reading manuscript submissions, administrative work in marketing and author relations.

Courses


I teach Fiction workshop courses through a variety of institutions and outlets. Find my latest offerings below.

Gotham Writer's Workshop

Currently open for enrollment in Creative Writing 101, a 6-week class meeting Tuesdays at 10 AM in midtown Manhattan, starting Feb 25!

The Loft Literary Center

In summer 2020, I'm teaching Beyond the Basics, an advanced fiction workshop, available online. Details forthcoming.

Anahata

This one's brand new! The Writer's Chakra. In Kingston, NY, Thursday nights at 6:30 PM you can drop in, do some breath work, then write in a cozy space to a prompt, or whatever you like. Also: conversation on process, inspiration, and more.

Skillshare

Find a 45-minute video course on Revision Mindset at:

Aspiring Writer Syndrome

Instruction. Connection. Inspiration. In 2019 I launched this branded personal enterprise. Very soon I'm doing an advanced workshop using all lessons from one of my favorite novels of all time, Thomas McGuane's The Bushwhacked Piano.

Gotham in Spring

Enrollment is open for Spring. Starting in April, I'll be leading a Novel First Draft Level II workshop, and Fiction Level I, both on Mondays for 10 weeks, at Gotham HQ, 38th & 8th Ave.

Editorial Services


As an editor, I have versatility and breadth of experience, totaling 25 years in publishing as of 2020.

I started in magazines and a small literary press in Minneapolis, then moved into the education market, authoring and editing course curriculum in Reading and Writing.

I began offering book-length manuscript evaluations and edits through CreateSpace, Amazon's self-publishing service, in 2012. Whether the project is thriller, romance, literary, sci-fi, fantasy, or memoir, I bring a scrupluous eye and a compassionate attention to the author's vision and voice.

Since 2013, I've been working one-on-one with authors through Gotham Writers Workshop. I recently completed my 35th book-length manuscript evaluation/edit. I bring my direct experience as a novelist to the task. I know how hard it can be to have one’s lifework tinkered with. Sometimes what’s written between the lines reveals an author’s intent; they’ve just fallen short of articulating it.

Very often writers are grateful for my perceptions and insights and feel eager to make revisions based on my feedback. I never hand off edits and run. I always include a conversation to make sure my feedback is perfectly understand and useful.

Eagle-eye copy editors are invaluable but sometimes limited in range. I'm a versatile editor with enough experience that the punctuation and grammar are second nature. My work will help you shape and enhance your message, piercing the audience’s consciousness, maybe even touching their heart.

Visit the Contact page to inquire about your project's needs today!

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Appearances


In my role as a creative writer, past appearance have included:

• Interviewed on BBC Radio

• Interviewed at Strand Books for a documentary film screened in Milan, Italy

• Leading a novel-writing seminar with The Loft Literary Center

• Reading humor story "But Wait, There's More!" on KFAI Radio, Minneapolis, 2013

• Curating and co-hosting the Literary Salo+n, an event in Kingston's O+ Positive Festival, 2014 – 2016

• Tying for first place in a TMI Project story slam on the topic of Prince, 2017

• Reading at Pels Pie Co. with the organization Write for Democracy, 2019

• Curating and hosting, in 2020, For the Love of It, a monthly reading series for writers to practice performance