I chose to be an editor and writing coach because I believe that conversations between writers and editors bring good writing to life.
With my business partner, Myles Schrag, I just opened Soulstice Publishing. We create projects and work with writers, especially those who live in our home territory on the Colorado Plateau, tell their stories. Our first book, To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter: One town’s long-distance romance with an iconic trail race, is coming out in August.
Some of my favorite writers are nature writers, and I’m proud to announce that two of my clients have seen their works published in the past year. In 2017, expert birder and writer Charles Babbitt invited me to help him finish the manuscript that became Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go (R.W. Morse). The book answered many birding questions I’d always wondered about. This helpful resource was published in February. I also worked with Eli J. Knapp, Ph.D., on organizing his fine and funny nature essays into book form, a process that forged a rich and enduring friendship. We’re both very proud of The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature With the Next Generation (Torrey House Press). Here’s my review.
I focus on nonfiction and memoir. My favorite topics are science, nature, travel, the arts, history, and sports (especially running). My other specialty is editing technical writing. I learned how to work collaboratively with scientists while on the staff of a wildlife magazine, so I have particular expertise with wildlife-related topics. But I love to help scientists of all kinds reach a popular audience. Learn more about my specialties here.
I am a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). I have more three 12 years’ experience with the AP Stylebook and have edited two books using the Chicago Manual of Style. Over time, I’ve developed an editing philosophy that guides my work.