About me

The story

I have always loved words. Some of my first memories are of being read to, and I learned to read so early in life that I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how.

Once I learned how to write, I began to make stories and poems of my own, imitating the authors whose works I knew by heart: A.A. Milne, Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm, Dr. Seuss, Rudyard Kipling. My oeuvre expanded with my reading list to include journals and letters, annotated bibliographies and lexicons, and the obligatory essays and reports.

In college, a professor noticed I had a knack for clearing up foggy prose and recommended me for a tutoring position at the university writing center. I discovered something I loved just about as much as reading and writing: helping other people write better.

I have worked in some professional capacity with other writers ever since.

The hard facts


Freelance writing services – proofreading, copyediting, and consulting (since 2004)

  • Clients include engineering firms, advertising agencies, archaeologists, public health professionals, academics, poets, novelists, and writers of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Projects include manuscripts, page proofs, reports, articles, dissertations, cover and spine copy, advertising copy, grant applications, resumes, letters, and media presentations.

Teaching – writing, grammar, research, documentation, and reading (since 1985)

  • Students include adults; graduate, undergraduate, and high school students; native and non-native speakers; learning-disabled and non-traditional learners.
  • Settings include workshops, classrooms, small group tutorials, and individual tutoring.

Publishing – production and editorial (13 years combined)

  • Responsibilities included proofreading, editing, quality monitoring, soliciting and compiling material, design decisions, tracking, scheduling, and vendor coordination.
  • Positions included production editor, proofreader, copy editor, managing editor,  production assistant, and administrative assistant.


Indiana University – 35 graduate hours in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Valparaiso University – Bachelor of Arts in English with Biology, Humanities, German, and Computer Science minors

The nitty-gritty:

For more details and specifics, please view my LinkedIn profile:


  1. I am currently preparing a manuscript, Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827): his life and works, for submission to several university presses…it will be a large book with a life and legacy section, and then a catalog illustrating all his portraits, my goal is to be finished by year’s end…might you be able to edit for me and if so might I know your costs? thank you!
    Estill Curtis Pennington…my other books can be found under that name on google

    • This project sounds quite interesting, and I would very much like to discuss it with you further. Your comment made me realize that a portion of this site wasn’t functioning properly, so thank you for bringing that to my attention.

      I will try to reach you by other means, but if you see this reply before I do so, please send me a note via the newly-repaired contact page on this site. You should be able to reach it by means of the navigation tabs at the top of this page.

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