How I Work
Q. What's your working style?
A. As an editor, my approach is collaborative, sometimes even Socratic (with a view to sparking further creative consideration and inspiration, I tend to ask a lot of questions), because the most effective revisions are ones that feel organic. I'll always explain the thought process driving any prescriptive suggestions. I prioritize communication with you to make sure that I'm helping you move forward while reflecting original intent, vision, and voice.
As a consultant and coach, I seek to build client relationships that are based on mutual respect and trust. I'm not afraid to ask tough questions, confront difficult choices, or choose honesty over politeness.
As a writer, I'm quick, responsive, and adaptive. I'm also not precious.
Q. WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM WORKING WITH YOU?
A. It's worth taking a second to discuss the difference between goals and expectations. If we collaborate together, you can expect a professional, courteous working relationship based on mutual respect and a shared interest in helping you succeed, and to feel that our partnership has enriched your work and your creative process, and/or the way you present your business and communicate with your clients. However, things like literary representation, publication, or increased profits are goals, not expectations. There are no guarantees in life, and throughout my career I have always taken extreme care not to promise anything that I'm not 100% sure I can deliver.
Q. ARE THERE ANY KINDS OF PROJECTS OR CLIENTS YOU WON'T WORK WITH?
A. When you contact me, I ask for specifics about what you need so I can make sure I'm the right person to help you. The last thing I want to do is waste your time (or mine), or waste your money. For instance, I have little to no experience working with prescriptive self-help, religious fiction/nonfiction, romance fiction, YA fiction, or academic nonfiction projects like textbooks and monographs, so it would be disingenuous of me to say I could add value to anything along these lines.
I'm also aware that editing is a subjective business, and what I might like another editor might not, or vice-versa. (Debating submissions was always fascinating. Two editors, both equally intelligent with excellent taste, can disagree more often than you might think.) If I realize that I'm not connecting with your project, I'll be upfront about it because that instantly tells me I'm not the right editor to work on it. This should not be taken personally, but rather as a reflection of my respect for you as its creator. You deserve an editor who is fully invested in your work. Similarly, if I feel that I can't give you what you're looking for in a professional partnership, I'll let you know this right away.