About me

I'm an editor, writing coach, writer, and former college writing instructor with a Master’s degree in English and over fourteen years of editing experience who gets massive amounts of satisfaction from helping writers achieve their goals. I'm particularly passionate about character-driven narratives that explore important questions about being human in ways that are fresh, accessible, deeply connecting, and entertaining, and I gravitate toward work that's a little off-center from the mainstream, such as cross-genre work and work that challenges societal norms and/or the conventions of a genre.

Since I began freelance editing and coaching full-time in 2012, I've had the honor of working with authors from all over the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, and the UK on a wide variety of projects: young adult, new adult, and adult; literary, upmarket, and commercial; novels, line and prose poetry, short stories, and flash fiction; contemporary and paranormal romance, women's fiction, suspense, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, historical fiction, surrealism, absurdism, and self-help nonfiction.

Last year (2016) I had the pleasure of serving twice as an editor in the Pitch to Publication Twitter contest, which I also co-hosted in the fall, and as faculty at the inaugural The Work Conference in New York City. This year I am participating in Revise & Resub (#RevPit) for querying authors, putting together the #ShoreIndie contest for emerging indie authors, co-editing an anthology of floating-inspired prose and poetry for Coincidence Control Publishing, and teaching genre fiction writing at the Show:Tell Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists.

Milton is incredi-cute.
On a more personal note, despite being a native Oregonian who's lived in Portland off and on since 1998, I do not own a bicycle and am woefully underprepared for the zombie apocalypse. However, I do live with an adorkable dog named Milton who's an Expert Urban Forager.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, it's pronounced see-OWN ASH-lemon.