I have nearly twelve years of experience working as an editor. From book manuscripts and audio transcripts to press releases and ELL programs, I’ve worked on a little bit of everything. I have specialized in editing creative writing for the last six years.
Professional development is a never-ending part of my career. I have a Copyediting Certificate from UC San Diego Extension and an Editing Certificate from Poynter and ACES: The Society for Editing (formerly the American Copy Editors Society). I also try to take classes on writing and editing on a regular basis through organizations like Poynter, MediaBistro, Editors Canada, Copyediting.com, and the Editorial Freelancers Association, among other organizations.
Being mentored by other talented editors at past in-house jobs was wonderful, but I’ve recently returned to school to obtain a degree in mass communication and media studies through Arizona State University. I am a member of ACES: The Society for Editing, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals. I’m excited to be the chapter coordinator for the new Phoenix chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Beyond editing manuscripts, I like to be involved with the publishing community in other ways. I was one of the jurors for the Speculative Literature Foundation‘s 2016 Working-Class Writers Grant, and I was one of the judges for the 2017 Writing Contest hosted by the Society of Southwestern Authors.
It’s worth mentioning that I was one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Tallahassee Writers Conference and Book Festival, and in November 2017, I spoke with the EFA Boston Chapter about editing fiction. I will be speaking on panel about finances for freelancers, as well as presenting my own individual talk on constructed languages in fiction, at the ACES: The Society for Editing conference in April 2018.
Bonus trivia: I am married to my best friend, and we have four amazing kids. I love them all dearly. Our collective fandoms include Studio Ghibli, Star Wars, and Doctor Who, among others. My book collection borders on literary hoarding, particularly my collection of dictionaries. I’m a newbie conlanger who has found one of her tribes in the Language Creation Society. I have lived in a few different countries and in various states across the USA. I sincerely hope to one day see world peace become a reality.