Here is a selection of my editing work.
Reader's reports are my most popular service--which is wonderful, since they're my favorite! Here are a few samples.
As a developmental editor, I work closely with authors and publishers to help them substantially revise and improve a book’s content, organization, and style. Below is a selection of the books I’ve developmentally edited.
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
In The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, historian and landscape designer Kathryn Aalto walks readers through the real landscapes that inspired the beloved world of Winnie-the-Pooh. This was an incredible project. And a little stressful, I’ll admit, since both Ms. Aalto and I felt a huge sense of responsibility toward the readership. Throughout the developmental edit, we were careful to do justice to this iconic childhood classic, and to create a book that would delight Winnie-the-Pooh fans while also being substantial enough to satisfy natural-history enthusiasts. I hope her book endures as long as its subject matter has!
What If I'm an Atheist? A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion
In What If I’m an Atheist, David Seidman draws on hundreds of sources—from people of all ages, across all faiths—to craft a well-rounded picture of what life without religion can look like. The two biggest challenges we faced in editing this book were (1) maintaining sensitivity toward the very personal subject matter, and (2) tracking the huge number of sources. Whew! Luckily, Mr. Seidman is a professional journalist who has written multiple books for teenagers, so we had experience and know-how on our side. Kirkus Reviews called it “a superbly written, smart and sensitive guidebook.”
Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing
In Making Marks, author Elaine Clayton helps readers learn how to use drawing as a way to access and strengthen their intuition. This multi-faceted book includes personal stories, step-by-step instructions, and tons of images. It was a lot to coordinate, but totally worth it—especially since Ms. Clayton is about as gracious an author as I could ever hope to work with. Booklist (a publication of the American Library Association) called Making Marks “a freeing, comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the inside.”
Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention
Leap of Perception is the third book in the Transformation Trilogy by bestselling author Penney Peirce. I was lucky enough to work as developmental editor on this project, working closely with Peirce over the course of months, shaping and honing the book's message of personal transformation. Leap of Perception went on to win the 2014 Silver Nautilus Award, which recognizes "better books for a better world."
The Secret of Life Wellness: The Essential Guide to Life's Big Questions
The Secret of Life Wellness is one of the many offerings from bestselling author Inna Segal, creator of the Visionary Intuitive Healing method. An interesting aspect of this project was inclusion of lots of online extras. This presented us with the challenge of coordinating which content would appear in the book, and which would be made available to readers through QR codes and web links.
As a copyeditor, I ensure clean, grammatically correct writing at the sentence level—while being sure to preserve the author's unique voice and style. Below is a selection of the books I’ve copyedited.