My clients refer to me by different titles: editor, coach, proofreader, developmental editor, mentor, teacher. But it’s not what they call me that matters; it’s what I do for them.
I have been an editor since 1999. I got my start at a small architectural publisher where I learned how to take a project from outline form to printed book. In 2003 I started Word Collaborative so I could work exclusively with authors.
I thrive in the zone where the way forward is blurred. My expertise is being able to hold a vision for the big picture while patiently guiding authors through the details. I frequently work with people who are not writers by profession, whatever their skill level and natural approach to writing is.
I have a bachelor's degree in business, master's degrees in architectural history and historic preservation, and a copyediting certificate from the University of California, San Diego. I continue to develop my skills through professional training via webinars, conferences, and workshops and, of course, reading ... lots of reading.