I have eleven 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 five 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 communication 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.
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.
I was one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Tallahassee Writers Conference and Book Festival, and in November 2017, I will be speaking to the EFA Boston Chapter on editing fiction. I will also 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. My book collection borders on literary hoarding, particularly my collection of dictionaries. 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.