In addition to my work as a writer, I am also a passionate and dedicated editor for both small press authors and private clients. I began my editorial career as an intern at The Overlook Press, then as an intern and Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster. In 2009, I joined the team at Black Lawrence Press, where I am currently a Senior Editor. In 2016, I opened my private editorial practice, Copper Lantern Studio, and joined the team of book coaches at Author Accelerator.

Here’s a bit about what I do and where you can find me:

Through Copper Lantern, I work with writers on everything from query letters to full manuscript edits. My work with new clients typically begins with an Editorial Blueprint, which keeps your goals at the forefront to provide an editorial plan of action for your book.

At Black Lawrence Press, I edit the nationally distributed chapbook series in poetry and short fiction. Please visit our site to learn more about the twice-annual Black River Chapbook Competition and to find submission guidelines for the June and November Open Reading Periods.

I talk a bit about my work as a chapbook editor and publisher at Black Lawrence in this April 2015 interview with the Poetry Society of America and in this June 2016 Q&A with Failbetter. (See All the Stars also gets a mention!)

Through Author Accelerator, I work with writers in a variety of programs such as Weekly Book Coaching, Blueprint for a Book, the Story Genius Method Workshop, and the Pitch Track Workshop. Yes, you can request me as your Book Coach–you can find my Coach Spotlight right here. When you sign up, please tell them I sent you.


Through The Bridge (@PoetsBridge on Twitter), I critique poems, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry. I specialize in combining line-level editorial suggestions with overall revision strategies, often centered around questions that the poet can consider to work toward a successful revision.

I am also a Pitch Wars mentor in the young adult category, where I work with my mentees to get their manuscripts in tip-top shape for the agent round and querying. We don’t call ourselves revision warriors for nothing!


I talk about Pitch Wars, my mentoring style, my editorial career path, and See All the Stars in this July 2017 interview with editor/writer Katelyn Uplinger. You can also find a Pitch Wars first page critique and a Pitch Wars setting critique with me over on Brenda Drake’s blog.