I love that moment when a writer takes a piece of my editorial feedback and transforms it into something even more amazing than I had imagined on the page.
I'M A COACH
What is your favorite part of the coaching process?
I love the process of helping writers develop their stories, especially through challenging sections. When things start to really click for my writers on their end, when ideas emerge in a concrete way on the page--it's immensely gratifying to see that happen!
What's your coaching style like?
Supportive, directed, and clear! I'm great at giving both big picture and specific feedback to help you develop your story in a guided manner, while keeping your writing goals at the forefront.
What genres do you love to edit?
Most genres in the YA & MG categories; mystery/thriller/suspense; women’s fiction; literary fiction; general fiction
What do you love most about editing?
I love that moment when a writer takes a piece of my editorial feedback and transforms it into something even more amazing than I had imagined on the page. Editing is a collaboration between the editor's insight and the writer's creative spark.
Who's your ideal writer match? What are you looking for in a coaching client?
My ideal coaching client is full of ideas, brimming with enthusiasm about their story, and open to guidance about how to most effectively execute those ideas on the page. My ideal writer brings a lot of passion and a willingness to dig deep and work hard to the table each week.
What was the moment when you felt like a real book coach?
Early on, I received an email from one of my first Author Accelerator writers, letting me know that my feedback had helped her to focus on an element of her story that she'd never before considered, but she now saw was crucial. She was so excited--she could see things so clearly now! She had a plan of attack! It had been a relatively minor piece of feedback (I thought), but for her it had been hugely important in helping her to focus. Seeing in action that sense of direction and clarity that editorial feedback can provide was a book coaching milestone, for sure.
What do you believe the most prominent difference between an editor and a coach is?
I'm both an editor and a coach professionally, and there's certainly a good deal of overlap, but when I have my editorial hat on, I'm generally working with a writer's complete manuscript, helping them to identify strategies for revision and strengthening what's already on the page. When I have my coaching hat on at Author Accelerator, I'm working with writers on their manuscripts-in-progress, which involves getting in at the idea stage and providing supportive, directive guidance while writers are in the drafting trenches.
What's been your greatest achievement in coaching so far?
I was thrilled when my first weekly book coaching client finished her complete draft! That was her achievement, 100%, but it felt like a major milestone for me, as well. Your writers' celebrations become your celebrations as a book coach.
How did you hear about Author Accelerator?
Through other coaches!
IN MY DOWNTIME...
What's your favorite word?
What genres do you love to read?
Mystery/thriller/suspense, literary fiction, young adult, and women's fiction, among others!
What are five of your favorite books?
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- We Could be Beautiful by Swan Huntley
Who are five of your favorite authors?
- Virginia Woolf
- Michael Chabon
- Curtis Sittenfeld
- E. Lockhart
- Stephanie Kuehn
If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling, of course! She's such a phenomenon.
What are you most excited about right now?
My current book project, of course! I'm always bursting with excitement about my WIP.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What does a typical day look like for you?
Editing, writing, cooking, snuggling with my cats and husband, repeat.
If you could fast-forward a year from now, what would your writing life look like?
Honestly, exactly like it does right now. I have the best day job in the world--writing and editing full-time--and I wouldn't have it any other way.
What about 5 years from now?
Fingers crossed, I'll be putting more books into the world.
Any exciting writing news to share?
I have two books hitting shelves in 2018: My debut young adult novel is See All the Stars, a contemporary suspense coming in summer 2018 from S&S/McElderry Books. Then in fall 2018, New American Press will publish my debut poetry collection, A Small Rising Up in the Lungs. Basically, 2018 is going to be one big book party.