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 grew up in a home with no television but hundreds of books. I was born to be a reader.
My earliest memories are of being read to by my parents at all times of the day, especially at night during our family reading time. As we learned to read, our parents encouraged my siblings and me to take turns reading aloud. They taught us to embody the words on the page, to project them, to listen to and feel the way they roll off the tongue. I was raised to be a lover of words and the people who with care put them on the page.
As a preteen, I started writing my first book. Just three chapters in, I realized that it was derivative at best, plagiarized at worst. On that day, an editor was born.
Many years later, a creative writing professor encouraged me to submit to my university’s writing contest a creative nonfiction essay I’d written. I didn’t do it. Several years later, I submitted a different essay to a magazine. They accepted and published it, and a professional writer was born.
After working in the field of risk management and insurance and graduating with a degree in anthropology, I put my independent spirit to the test by declining an invitation to attend graduate school and quitting my day job to focus full-time on building a career in the publishing industry and helping others do the same.
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. 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.
I make a living one hundred percent from project and speaking income. I do not accept referral or affiliate fees. I work in your best interest.
I am a conscious capitalist and an inclusive business person. I bring people of different perspectives to the table and bridge gaps in understanding and communication to improve relationships and get things done.
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.
Book lover, artist, poet, active listener, and dream nurturer Sandy is my editorial assistant, holds a Keys to Effective Editing certificate, and follows Chicago Manual of Style.
She follows my methodology and serves as a manuscript evaluator, line and copy editor, and proofreader when my time is limited but clients want to work with me in some capacity.
While Sandy mostly works behind the scenes, you can find us together at conferences and speaking events where she helps me stay organized and keeps me well fed so I can focus on helping and building relationships with the people around me.