WHAT I DO PROFESSIONALLY
I focus on manuscript development, book proposals, coaching, and self-publishing for books of all genres. Most of my clients are first-time authors looking for friendly, intuitive, and honest guidance from someone in the field, along with the professional writing and editing services I have been honing for over ten years. I have an MA in English from the University at Albany, 2003.
I enjoy working with writers who have a strong desire to find their authentic voice. When I meet with a client, I look for the person behind the person, the book behind the book, and see the whole process as a journey of self-realization. The work I do is much more than a job. It is a calling and it requires everything I have learned about writing, communication, marketing, publishing, and co-creating with the universe.
In 2010 I created Follow Your Bliss magazine. In 2013 I launched Cordage Books, which in 2015 became Cosmographia Books. Both publications aim to serve the higher impulses in writers and readers. I believe there is spiritual meaning to life and I love talking with people about what passion and purpose calls to them. My skills and talents have always been around writing and reading, and I have worked hard - and still work hard - to understand how to bring powerful truth into my writing. But I do what I can to help others bring forward their truths and present them in beautiful, professionally polished manuscripts, books, and proposals.
My mother and grandmother were both teachers and I seem to have naturally inherited a desire to document and share information. I taught English at MCC and FLCC in the early- to mid-2000s and in 2011 I started teaching workshops at Writers & Books in Rochester, NY. There I have enjoyed a nice following of adult as well a teen students. I teach adult classes on self-publishing, submitting manuscripts and proposals for publication, basically anything that has to do with the publishing end of writing. For teens I focus on fiction, fantasy, and collaborative writing.
In 2013 I helped launch Canvas Teen Literary Journal, run for and by teens. I also teach a closed group of teen writers and gave talks at the 2013 Teen Book Festival. I seem to have a close affinity with teen writers and love working with them.
WHAT I WRITE
I am an award-winning poet, a short fiction writer, and an emerging playwright. My first play "The Life of Leo Wool" premiered May 2013 at the East End Theatre, produced by the Greater Rochester Repertory Company (GRRC).
WHAT I READ
I spend my whole day reading manuscripts, so I like to curl up with audbiobooks at night. Give the eyes a rest. I enjoy listening to self-development/inspirational authors like Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle, as well as great storytellers like Stephen King, and great crafters of magical realism like Neil Gaiman and Jeanette Winterson. Basically, I want transcendence: either through spiritual healing, or captivating fantasy.
WHAT I LOVE
I love oysters on the half-shell, popcorn and cold beer, deeply felt conversation, good-hearted folks, and big ideas. I am a very spiritual person, but not religious. I use empathy, intuition, and practical skill when working with clients and students.