about me

I am an independent book editor based in Los Angeles, I also represent novelist Katie Delahanty through the Bent Agency. Please visit my publishing profile at Publishers Marketplace here.

Previously, I spent twelve years in the New York City book world with HarperCollins Publishers where I was most recently a Senior Editor acquiring for imprints Willliam Morrow and Harper Perennial. Books that I acquired and published include: Willy Vlautin’s The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete; Marjorie Hart’s Summer at Tiffany; Daniel James Brown’s The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky (reprint); Sara James and Ginger Mauney’s The Best of Friends; Catherine Hanrahan’s Lost Girls and Love Hotels, Jennifer Sey’s Chalked Up; Marina Palmer’s Kiss and Tango; Sarah Hall’s Daughters of the North and How to Paint a Dead ManLola Jaye’s By The Time You Read This; and Michael Zadoorian’s The Leisure Seeker, amongst others. A 1997 graduate of Colgate University, I was a member of the annual faculty of the Colgate Writers’ Conference from 2006-2010 and guest faculty for the fall 2009 session of Colgate’s “Living Writers” course. I have also been guest faculty or a speaker at the following programs dedicated to writers: the SDSU Writers’ Conference; Writing Workshops LA: The Conference; the UC-Riverside/Palm Desert M.F.A. Program; USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program; the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, the James River Writers’ Conference; the South Carolina Writers’ Conference; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; the Surrey International Writers’ Conference; the Ohio State University Writers’ Conference; and  Grub Street’s “The Muse and the Marketplace.”

Outside of book publishing, I volunteer with Surfers Healing, THERAsurf, and A Walk on Water, three non-profit organizations that offer surf therapy experiences to children with special needs. I’ve also been a wish granter with the Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have mentored fifth graders writing their first screenplays with the Young Storytellers Foundation. During my years in New York City, I began to mentor a sixteen-year-old student at Washington Irving High School during her junior year. Thirteen years later, she’s still in my life and has created her own extraordinary organization, Queen Geniuses, to empower teenage girls from low-income communities. If you’d like to support the work of any of these groups with a microphilanthropy donation, I would be so grateful.

*I am not taking on new clients at present as my schedule is full. Thank YOU for thinking of me.*

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