I have a BA in Writing and Community Arts from The Evergreen State College and am a graduate of the Editing Certificate Program at the University of Washington. I worked for eight years in the Social Service/Mental Health field. I have an expansive list of passions and hobbies, which has resulted in a variety of roles such as being an ESL writing tutor, a performance poet, a horror makeup artist, and preschool teacher. I am a mother to a toddler and still manage to read about five books a week (thanks to my handy Kindle phone app).
My editing tools:
- Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. I am also proficient with The Gregg Reference Manual and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- Microsoft Word 2010 (Track Changes) is my usual editing software. I have also used Adobe and OpenOffice with clients who prefer to use those.
- Google Drive and Dropbox, if needed.
My editing philosophy:
Editors are sometimes viewed as harsh critics who are hell-bent on choking the creative soul out of each author they encounter. If you are looking to be bludgeoned into grammatical submission (some do like that approach—to each his/her own), than I am probably not for you. I listen, I read, I pay attention, and I ask a lot of questions. I strive to leave preconceived assumptions at the door and I check myself often. Though I definitely see it as my duty to inform you of every rule and convention you may be breaking, it is always your right to break it. I see correct grammar and punctuation as the way we impart tone, mood, and gesture to a story when we are not able to tell it with our vocal chords and body language. Truly compelling work moves quickly beyond the text and right into the mind’s eye. This is true of any written work, big or small.
Specialties and Strengths:
- Speculative fiction (such as Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi), Memoir, and Art. I love working with content that is often referred to as “out there” or just plain weird. I was raised in a Sci-Fi household; our living rooms walls were painted dark blue and adorned with Star Trek and Doctor Who prints. I have a blog dedicated to my love of horror art, film, and fiction: SplatterGirl.org
- Psychology, Sociology, Social Services. Having worked for many years in the field of Social Services/Mental Health, I began my editing career doing academic editing in these subjects. I am very proficient with the American Psychological Association’s style manual.