In addition to writing my own books, I have served as the publisher, editor, and project manager for many award-winning books, including the Hope & Inspiration Series from San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press and Periwinkle’s Journey by Suzy Spafford of Suzy’s Zoo.
How Can I Help? I love working with authors to help them develop their stories into great children’s books! At the beginning of a book project, we work together to shape the outline, general storyline, characters, and key messaging. Together, we identify the target audience, age group, page length, format, and word count. During and after the writing process, I continue to work with the author, identifying problems with—and providing solutions and suggestions for—plot, tone/voice, word choice, flow, character development, and so on. For illustrated books, I often assist in finding, recommending, and selecting an illustrator that would be a good fit for the story and target audience. I can also assist in selecting a graphic designer and working with the team through the remainder of the book publishing process.
For additional information about professional editing services for children's books, please contact me.