I have over thirteen 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, 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 technical communications through Arizona State University. Before switching my major to technical communications, my academic studies and research were primarily focused on death communications such as grief disclosure, privacy management, expectancy violations, and interaction adaptation. I currently work as a contracted part-time technical writer and editor for the IT department of an international aerospace and telecommunications company.
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 one of the coordinators 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.
I was one of the featured speakers at the Tallahassee Writers Conference and Book Festival in April 2017. I gave a talk about authorship as entrepreneurship. I spoke with the EFA Boston Chapter about how to edit fiction in November 2017. At the ACES: The Society for Editing conference in April 2018, I spoke on panel about finances for freelancers. At that same ACES conference in 2018, I gave an individual presentation about conlangs in fiction. I also spoke at the ACES: The Society for Editing 2019 conference about confronting death in the written word as an editor.
Bonus trivia: I live with my family in Central Arizona. 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 baby conlanger who has found one of my tribes in the Language Creation Society. I have a special interest in signed conlangs, conlangs in fiction, and conlanging as a tool for reviving dead or dying languages. 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.