My work as an editor began in the usual way, as a ten-year-old hiding under the covers with a book and a flashlight. And as a teen, my first jobs all related to having fun with kids, whether at an independent toy store, babysitting, or coaching summer swim teams. Meanwhile, my love of books grew, and in college I had the opportunity to help turn that great toy store into a space that offered as many books as toys. There, after discovering The Stinky Cheese Man for the first time, I realized just how amazing children’s books could be, and knew I could spend the rest of my life sitting on the floor flipping through picture books and getting lost in adventure novels.

Over the next several years I figured out how to turn my love for kids and books into a career in children’s book publishing. I worked at Barnes & Noble and discovered how people really shop for books. I became an editor at my college newspaper and learned how to copyedit, stick to a deadline, and layout a page. And after graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, I attended the Columbia Publishing Course and fell in love with New York City.

Soon after, I landed my dream job and helped launch the U.S. division of Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 2001. Over the next six years, we grew from one empty room in the Flatiron building to a flourishing office publishing over a hundred award-winning books per year. There, I edited books for all ages, many by first-time authors (some who have gone on to become bestsellers) and developed a thriving paperback program. In 2007, I took on a new challenge and joined Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where I spent the next five years developing clever gift products, continuing Chronicle’s tradition of beautiful picture books (including 2014 Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Flamingo), and publishing Chronicle’s first books for teen readers.

Visit My Library to see a highlights list of books I have worked on.

I have also been fortunate to share my passion for children’s books as a teacher, workshop leader, and bookseller. From 2003 to 2011, I returned to the Columbia Publishing Course as a book workshop instructor to guide students in their quest to launch a faux-publishing company in one short week. In addition, I have lectured, taught workshops, and offered critiques at more than twenty writers’ conferences around the world. I currently work part-time as a children’s specialist at one of the best independent bookstores in the Bay Area, Books Inc. It is the highlight of my week to introduce kids, parents, and gift givers to amazing new books!

Now, I am thrilled to be putting all my creativity and experience into helping writers and illustrators to develop their skills, improve their stories, and reach their goals. Please get in touch to learn more about my approach and services.