Manuscript Editing

 
Kids' lit
Stories make us more alive, more human,
more courageous, more loving.
    

- Madeleine L’Engle

I write and edit engaging content that invites children to explore the world around them. Formats range from board books to backyard projects to reference resources. I have written for ages 0–10; I've edited for ages 0 to 100. Click or scroll down to learn about some of my clients.

A great editor clarifies the author's truest voice without inserting her own. Helping people examine and hone their own work is one of my favorite things to do. My goal is to help your readers—and you, too—discover all your story has to offer. Read the About Editing section to learn more about where your work may be in the editorial process. Click or scroll down to learn about some of my clients.

Adult lit

If there's a book you really want to read, but it

hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

    

- Toni Morrison

 

Selected clients

Lilli Day, author

Line editing

I did a heavy line edit for a children's chapter book, based on a true story, about a clever and one-of-a-kind cat.

p i kids

Original content development, editing, proofreading

I developed original creative content for children ages zero to eight in a variety of formats, including board books, picture books, and reference resources. Most titles have a learning/discovery component to them. Pictured here is a twelve-piece board book set about the natural world. Other original titles include:

  • Where Do Animals Live? a Disney Learning search-and-find with facts and photos of animals and habitats to match corresponding Disney worlds; this format also includes mini-science experiments and maker activities (image here)

  • Quiz-It Pen 4-Book Interactive Animal Library, a Britannica Kids book set that shares fascinating facts about animals and related questions requiring higher-order thinking (image here)

  • Discover With Me, a Baby Einstein easel book that features a story for babies on one side and early learning content for the parent  on the other side (image here)

Green Toys

Original content development

In collaboration with company staff, I developed original content for board books for our littlest pre-readers. An image is not yet available as the books are still in production; distribution through Green Toys estimated for Fall 2016.

My Two Cents

Line editing

A fellow editor invited me to take on this project, with her client's approval. She selected me, she told me, because she was impressed with my ability to find just the right fix for the author's unique voice.  

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital FIND Nature! Team

Developmental editing, copyediting

For this project, I edited a journal submission describing a behavioral counseling intervention protocol wherein patients’ families engage in nature experiences. My editorial services included advising on organization and flow, as well as clarity and format. 

Becker&Mayer!

Proofreading, cold reading

I proofread and cold read fiction novels for this Amazon imprint, from thrillers to YA coming-of-age stories. 

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