Writer. Editor. Human.
I do the deep thinking that's needed to transform ideas into children's books. I make picture books, chapter books, and nonfiction for kids with curious minds and kind hearts.
I believe books have the power to make us all feel a little less alone, and the best ones leave room for the reader's imagination. Whether it's a poetic picture book, a zippy early reader, or a kid-friendly take on the physics of time travel, my books are philosophical and filled with quirky tidbits, playful language, and lots of heart.
It's been my pleasure to work on more than 300 titles for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. My credits include 180 nonfiction books in partnership with Time for Kids, 90 picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, plus a wide variety of activity books, and art and craft books. After working in publishing for nearly 15 years, I'm so excited to see my own picture books and chapter books making their way into the world.
I offer manuscript critiques for publishers, agents, and writers. To learn more about my process and areas of expertise, download this guide. I've also done a few things that never made it on my resume.
Learned to make handmade pasta in a thousand-year-old Italian castle
Built award-winning store window displays, including a New Year’s window inspired by Salvador Dali’s melting clocks
Taught a Himalayan chai-shop owner to thumb wrestle
Wrote delightful letters of recommendation for interns, editors, and designers
Blogged for BarnesandNoble.com on everything from "Are You More Elephant or Piggie?" to "15 Signs You Love Books More Than People"
Reviewed manuscripts for Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story
Interviewed the great woodworker Sam Maloof who said, “If it doesn’t sit well, it’s a lousy chair.”
Studied historical book covers for the Color Association of America
Found my people at SCBWI
Supported 826 Boston's writing and literacy programs for kids
Proofread everything from five-pound pharmaceutical manuals to novels and poetry
Developed the website Uncovered Cover Art to celebrate children’s book artists
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