My (editorial) life
I'm not sure how many people said they hoped to be an editor when they were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, but I knew that's what I wanted to be when I was in the tenth grade. In high school I relished being a "peer editor," and oftentimes I would give back my classmates' papers covered in red ink - much to their chagrin. Mine would be returned to me with a "GOOD!" written at the top. It was somewhat frustrating, but it was also the beginning of a life of editing and writing, and of especially enjoying the behind the scenes stuff. I was an English major with a writing and children's literature focus at Simmons College in Boston. I was also a bookseller at The Children's Book Shop in Brookline Village for many years. After graduation I was a part of the inaugural New York City class in the Columbia Publishing Course, which introduces its students to all aspects of publishing, but there's something about what I call "the back end" of writing and making books that just speaks to me. I enjoy editing nonfiction most of all (especially scientific, environmental, and animal stories - I've edited numerous books in the Scientists in the Field series and help maintain this website) and that is where most of my experience lies. However, I've worked on all sorts of books that live on many different shelves and really it is the editorial process that keeps my engines revving more than anything else. I was a full-time editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers for nearly 10 years and I acquire and edit for them on a consulting basis. Projects I would do with you, however, would be all about you and your work and your goals, no matter where you are in the process. I also have a daughter finishing up kindergarten and a very busy toddler, so I am well-versed in board books, early readers, and stories about trains, princesses, and colors.