Creative Strategy. Welcome! I've coached a wide range of authors, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a Broadway ballerina, a gay phone sex operator, a Latino parenting expert, and an admission officer at a private school who had a quiet, devastating meltdown. I can help you take a raw idea and turn it into a novel, a memoir or a non-fiction book that will help establish you as an expert in your field.
Story Analysis. As the author of four novels and three memoirs, I have a deep understanding of the principles of story. I know what hooks a reader, engages them, and keeps them riveted to the page, and I know what makes them abandon a book and turn on a good re-run instead. Whether you want a traditional publisher or you plan to self publish, the first step it to write a book readers want to read.
"Only one session with you and a half an hour of your edits and I feel profoundly inspired. I can't thank you enough. The edits are BRILLIANT, wise and clarifying." -- Tracey Cleantis, author of the weekly Freudian Sip column at Psychology Today
Wordsmith. I love words and the way they sound. I pay attention to each one as if it’s the most important thing in the world – because it is.
Tough love. My critiques are tough, but I deliver them with a professional sense of integrity and an awareness of how difficult a task it is to pour your heart onto the page. My clients appreciate the balance and frequently work with me for long periods of time.
Results. Recent client successes include books sold to Atria (Simon & Schuster), Ten Speed Press, Norton, the University of Florida Press, a Silver Award winner in the Independent Publishing Awards, and representation secured by top New York literary agents. Click HERE to see the latest success stories, and to read client testimonials.
"I've never met anyone as fast, clear, succinct, upbeat and full of justified, unstoppable, buoying can-do whip-cracking spirit. You're the glee club and the football team wrapped into one." -- Lisa Cron, Wired for Story