An essentialist, I believe that writing and editing are a way of life, the deliberate refinement of thoughts, actions, and impact.
I am a ghostwriter, book doctor, publishing consultant, and speaker who helps aspiring authors, authors, and literary agents reach their publishing-related goals. A linguistic specialist, I employ precise language to speak powerfully and directly to my clients' ideal readers and audiences.
Background and Education
I grew up in a home without a television but with hundreds of books. I have been a lover of words and voracious reader since early childhood. I graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a degree in Anthropology. (Fun fact: Linguistics is a sub-field of anthropology.) I also hold Cultural Awareness Training and Keys to Effective Editing certificates from Boise State University.
I am a former National Chapter Director of the Nonfiction Authors Association, member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and active in the Idaho Association of Professional Editors and Writers.
My business background includes risk management and insurance and investment sales. When I was eight years old, I started my first business. It was a snail stand. It was an epic fail. I've experienced failure and success in subsequent endeavors: The entrepreneurial life is never boring.
My clients include a GRAMMY Award-winning artist, athletes, entrepreneurs, physicians, attorneys, and advocates. One is a debut novelist who recently signed a six-figure, world rights book deal with Harper.
I partner with literary agents to present their clients' best work to the traditional publishing market and with indie-publishing authors to produce excellent manuscripts and find the hybrid/partner publisher that's right for them.
All are people of words and action. (To my great dismay but in keeping with my experience, none have shown any interest in gastropods.)
Speaking and Workshops
I am an enthusiastic public speaker. I regularly teach workshops on topics of interest to authors, entrepreneurs, and editors. I've also competed in speech contests; presented at Boise’s annual Smart Women, Smart Money event; and co-presented with epidemiologist Dr. Robert Graff at Idaho Health and Welfare’s 2013 Spring Epidemiology Conference. (If you ever want to distract me, bring up bugs or evolutionary medicine.)
Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- Pitching Your Manuscript or Book Proposal: The Wind-up, the Pitch, and the Swing
- Intentional Language
- That’s not the Way I See It: How point of view and perspective can make or break a story
- Pacing: Are you going nowhere fast or going around your elbow to get to your thumb?
- Author Q&A Panel (Idaho Writers Guild and Collister Library)
- Working with a Developmental Editor
- Risk Management and Editorial Best Practices
The New Battleground: Compliance Risk and Bathroom Access for Transgender Workers (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Dogs in the Workplace: The Risks and Rewards (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
The Downside of Anti-theft Tracking Software (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Sometimes I write about my outdoor adventures. In 2015, IDAHOmagazine published my first piece of commercial narrative nonfiction, Love on the Rocks: The Romance of Climbing. I am a regular contributor to Unbound Northwest.
To date, I have not commercially written about slimy, creepy things. I have, however, on several occassions spoken publicly about entomophogy.
Community Involvement: Refugees Welcome
Having lived in the United States and Germany and traveling far and wide, I consider myself a global citizen. I apply my fascination with other cultures, love of people and business, and deep concern for social justice and human dignity to the volunteer work I do and organizations I support.
Recently, I served as a volunteer for the English Language Center's WorkStyles class (a copyrighted training from the Spring Institute) in which I worked one-on-one with refugee job seekers who have come to Boise from around the world. I helped them develop their resumes, complete applications, and prepare for and practice job interviews.
It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with my neighbors, expand my knowledge and experience, and to be reminded of the power of words combined with action.
The power of words married to action cannot be ignored.
I am grateful for the many exceptional people who put pen to paper to write excellent books that empower me to grow personally and professionally.