I’m the author of five published books: three novels (one adult literary novel with Tyrus Books/Simon & Schuster and two young adult novels with Knopf/Random House), a book of commercial nonfiction (published by Penguin Random House), and one literary memoir (published by Soft Skull/Counterpoint).
My books have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, VOYA, School Library Journal, and The Bulletin.
My novel This Is The Part Where You Laugh was a School Library Journal Popular Pick, selected for the “VOYA Perfect Tens 2016” year-end list, and earned an American Library Association distinction for “Best Fiction For Young Adults.” Two of my novels have been nominated for the National Book Award.
I’ve been featured in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Writer’s Digest, and VICE Magazine, and have contributed to The Huffington Post, along with dozens of other magazines. My interviews have been featured on CBS Radio, Fox Radio, ABC Radio, the Creative Nonfiction podcast, and NPR.
I was the 2015 spring Writer-In-Residence for Joshua Tree National Park and earned an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction.
Who are You?
You’re a writer who is serious about making your book the best it can be. You’re willing to let go of ego during the editorial process to hear feedback and understand that an editor is there to assist.
What is my specialty?
Commercial and Literary Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Memoir.
What services do I provide?
Partial Manuscript Critique – I’ll gladly read the first 10, 25, 50, 100 pages to let you know how effective they are at grabbing the reader’s attention. You will receive an editorial letter that addresses the overarching issues with special attention paid to pace, style, characterization, and plot. We’ll have a discussion about my notes and what they mean for your project.
Full Manuscript Critique – I’ll read your whole book and provide the same type of feedback provided in the description above. Obviously, the more of your book I have, the more comprehensive the feedback. With a read of the entire manuscript I’ll be able to discuss pacing, style, characterization, and plot, but I’ll also be able to tell you how well it all comes together. Many potentially great books fall apart at the end; don’t let yours be one of them.
Developmental Editing – We’ll get down to the nitty gritty, specific editing and revision ideas. Not only will I give you the overview critique above, but I’ll also mark up your book on a page-by-page basis with specific and detailed notes, pointing out sentences or sections that don’t click, sections that drag, and also, what makes your book special.
Query Letter Consultation – Yes, query letters are difficult to write. But I’ve taught query letter writing at the university level and at professional writing workshops, and I would be happy to give your letter an editorial read, and offer you multiple potential ideas for improvement.
Teaching and Speaking – I’ve spoken at high schools, junior colleges, universities, and conferences across the country, including speeches at The New York Public Library, the American Library Association national conference, and delivering the keynote speech on writing at the 2015 Southwest Coast Writers Conference. I’m available to lead workshops, listen to queries, and answer questions about publishing or writing on a variety of topics in small group settings.