About me

I'm an editor, writing coach, writer, and former college writing instructor with a Master’s degree in English and over fifteen 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.

In previous lives I’ve been an adjunct instructor of college writing and literature, an instructional assessment specialist in higher ed, a news writer, a freelance travel and culture writer, and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain. 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, urban fantasy, science fantasy, historical fiction, surrealism, absurdism, and various nonfiction projects.

In 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. In 2017 I helped co-found Revise & Resub (#RevPit) for querying authors; created the #ShoreIndie Contest for emerging indie authors; co-edited Letters from the Void, an anthology of floating-inspired prose and poetry for Coincidence Control Publishing; and taught genre fiction writing at the Show:Tell Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists. In 2018 I continue my work with #RevPit, am a recurring guest on the Writescast podcast hosted by r.r. campbell, was featured in Episode #24 of the Write Through the Roof podcast hosted by Madeleine D'Este, and attended the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Willamette Writers, and the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and I'm currently working on my first nonfiction book, a guide to structuring a novel.

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. I do, however, 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.