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Greater Seattle Area

My specialty is helping people and organizations find their voice. I've co-authored 36 books (travel, psychology, humor) and have 15+ years of experience as a copyeditor, developmental editor and writing coach/teacher.

My unique coaching and developmental editing methodology draws upon my background in journalism and humor (standup comedy and Improv). While the physical act of writing may happen on the top layer, I like to lovingly dig about 2-5 layers deeper to find the insights and passion that make you or your organization *want* to write. If you're having trouble expressing your authentic self -- whether that be in a book, a my-life-depends-on-this essay or article, or as an organization or company -- and you want to have a little fun finding your voice, well, that's about when you'd want to hire me.

Before getting my master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2002, I worked in corporate communications and as a magazine editor. Since grad school, I've taught and coached writing to over 200 clients, interns and employees, and students; I've co-authored 35 books for Lonely Planet and one with the co-founder of The Onion (Trump's America); I've done developmental editing on over 100 essays, articles, travel adventure books, and memoirs. I can also set up or manage editorial departments; I worked as Editorial Director for for four years in Silicon Valley and as Executive Editorial Director for a startup in London for one.

coaching, developmental editing, line editing, writing
academic works, articles/essays, books (fiction), books (nonfiction), business/corporate communications, educational materials, games, marketing communications, websites/blogs/social media
arts/leisure, biography/memoir, business/finance, health/medicine, human/social sciences, literary fiction, religion/spirituality, science fiction/fantasy, self-help, travel
AP (Associated Press), Chicago (The Chicago Manual of Style)
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