I have been called a "majestic, voice-preserving unicorn."
No, really. Hey, I’ll take it.
After teaching elementary school and raising three kids, I came to editing through children's literature, but it didn't take me long to find that I love the variety of working in a wide range of genres. Editorial work combines learned skills with a number of things that come naturally to me—love of language, love of story, organization, looking at things from various angles, and helping people achieve their goals. I’m a stickler for details, and I excel at straightening the crookedest of timelines. I have a background in acting that allows me to hear character voice in a unique way, and to match authorial voice where rewriting is needed. I enjoy both the big-picture work of things like plot, story structure, and character growth and the detail work of grammar, usage, and punctuation.
There are parts of what I do that are objective, and parts that are subjective, but I never take offense when my suggestions don't resonate with a client. I believe that a good editor's work is ultimately invisible, and I find it fulfilling to help others' writing reach its full potential.
I’m also a published author of children’s books, so I understand the nerve-wracking nature of handing your work over to another for judgment, and I can offer some insight into how the publishing process works.