Since you plan on entrusting me with your creations, I figure you’d like to know a little about me. I’ve spent my professional life making sure other people’s projects look their best.
I work as an independent contract editor and designer. I also currently do some work as an assistant for a career coach and consultant, gaining insider knowledge on the job search world. I’m a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the Freelancers Union, and I attend monthly meetings with the Northwest Editors Guild. I follow the Conscious Style Guide as well as several editor- and writer-themed professional groups so I can stay on top of new trends. I am comfortable with CMS, APA, and MLA, love flipping through Garner’s Modern English Usage, and have a preferred dictionary (it’s Merriam-Webster, did you even have to ask?).
I have an M.S. in book publishing from Portland State University and a B.A. in journalism and double minor in English and philosophy from Gonzaga University. Before working for myself as an editor full time, I taught courses at PSU that focused on the writing and researching process. My favorite class to teach was a 300-level course where I chose the theme philosophy through science fiction. Before going back to school for my M.S., I worked in marketing for five years. My area was content writing and crafting. As I tried on different marketing hats, however, I soon found that I could be useful elsewhere. Instead of writing how-to articles or designing marketing materials for someone else’s company, I decided to help artists and communicators directly.
I make sure to step away from the computer and my red pen and get outside—biking, hiking, or backpacking. If I’m indoors, I’m probably reading while my three-legged cat, Puck, naps on my lap.
My bookshelves and Multnomah County Library virtual shelf are peppered with literary fiction, nonfiction, and a few adventures into science fiction or fantasy. I will admit I’m a sucker for philosophy and personal growth books and articles as well.