I believe that writing and editing are a way of life, the constant creation and refinement of thought and action that leads to our highest level of contribution.
I am a developmental editor, book collaborator, ghostwriter, and author talent developer. I hold a degree in anthropology and am fascinated by medical anthropology and human behavioral ecology—how our environments shape our actions and beliefs and why we often act in ways that undermine our goals and relationships.
I’m particularly drawn to high-impact nonfiction and well-crafted, high-stakes upmarket fiction that’s grounded in place and explores deep human needs.
My clients include a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller and Today Show Read with Jenna book of the month pick; a GRAMMY Award® winner; a triple amputee physician and disability advocate; human rights activists; whole-food, plant-based (vegan) climate and nutrition experts; competitive athletes; and entrepreneurs.
When I work with you, we work together to identify your goals and market niche to develop strategies and tactics that bridge the gap between where you are and where you need to be to attract a literary agent or publisher and your ideal readers and to position you for long-term success (as defined by you).
My clients especially love the custom craft video tutorials I create for them and appreciate my perspective based on experience and results with other clients.
I’ve worked on more than 60 book projects, and my clients have earned more than 20 book awards and professional acknowledgments for the work we’ve done together. I specialize in working with authors who aspire to be published by publishers that exercise editorial discretion (the Big 5 and high-quality indie presses).
Nonfiction Topics & Genres: science, nature and environmentalism, evidence-based medicine, sociology, nutrition, anthropology, self-help, business, leadership, personal development, professional development, social justice, advocacy and activism, memoir
Fiction Topics & Genres: upmarket and literary fiction, coming of age, women’s fiction, culture, based on a true story (often memoir to fiction projects), and more (The genre is less important to me than the topic and quality of writing.)
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I am a writer who respects the craft and wants to be someone you can trust. To me, that means being able to demonstrate that my writing is commercially viable and that the work I do with clients gets results.
My creative nonfiction essays, business columns, and writing advice have been published in publications that exercise editorial discretion, including IDAHO magazine, Idaho Business Review, and Unbound Northwest. This gives me a deeper understanding of my client's needs, fears, and experiences that I apply to help my clients stand out in a crowded marketplace.
I value independence, objectivity, and meaningful relationships and am an inclusive business person.
I make a living one hundred percent from project and speaking income. None of my content is sponsored, and I do not accept referral or affiliate fees. I work in your best interest.
My interests are reflected in the types of books I work on: health and fitness, social justice and equality, disability advocacy, self and professional improvement, and well-crafted works of fiction.