When I'm not writing my own fiction, I work as a freelance novel editor, helping writers of varying levels of experience turn their idea for a story into something that not only reads well, but sells. I work with writers from start to finish, from outlining the first draft to finding an agent.
My writers have a remarkable track record of success. Some of my favorites include Dean Unkefer, a former New York City narcotics officer, whose memoir 90 Church attracted extensive press attention and was optioned by Hollywood for adaptation as a feature film, and Julian Tepper, my first novel-writing client, whom I have helped write and publish two hilarious books about the inner lives of New York's most troubled artists.
I'm always looking for new editing clients, whether they are experienced professionals or enthusiastic amateurs. If you have a novel, or even just an idea for a novel, drop me a line. I'd love to hear your story, and see if we can find a way for me to help bring it to life.
Since 2012, I've been a features editor at Narratively, where I've overseen stories about Cold War spies, forgotten heroes of the civil rights movement, the dark side of Fantasia, the goats of New Orleans and real-life pet detectives. Narratively is a revolutionary storytelling platform, whose approach to the Internet's overwhelming flood of content is to step back, breathe, and publish only one story a day.
At Narratively, we look for astonishing untold stories about people who otherwise might be overlooked by the national media. We publish reported pieces and memoirs, and sometimes whole weeks on a single theme. This spring, inspired by the birth of my first child, I edited a series of stories on labor and childbirth, which we kicked off with a remarkable story that became the most popular in the site's history: I Went to the Hospital To Give Birth and Tested Positive for Meth. Read it. It's good.
Personally, I like stories that are funny, strange, or reveal a forgotten side of American history. If you want to pitch me, our guidelines are here.