If you are a non-fiction author or academic, I can help you develop and edit your manuscript, or draft your book proposal.
For nearly decade, I worked as a developmental and commissioning editor at Verso Books, where I acquired journalistic titles like Leta Hong Fincher’s Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, and edited works of popular scholarship like Nick Estes’ award-winning Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and Ashley Dawson's Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change. I worked with Jacobin magazine on the first half-dozen titles in their co-published book series, and have experience editing a range of styles and genres, including story-driven journalism, theory, personal narrative, polemic, history, scholarship, works-in-translation, anthologies and graphic novels.
My subject specialties are politics, society, culture, ideas, history, current affairs & activism, but my interests are broad. My knack, as a writer, for making abstruse, wonky ideas (from economics to cutting-edge science) comprehensible to non-specialist readers also carries into my work as an editor. I cherish helping authors bring difficult ideas, arguments and subjects to popular audiences using their own unique voices.
As a commissioning and acquiring editor (and for many years, keeper of the slush pile), I have evaluated thousands of book proposals, and worked with authors to develop and shape their proposals from scratch. In 2020, I also sold my own book, Free the Land, at auction. If you already have a manuscript, or the bones of a manuscript (or a dissertation you want to turn into a book), I can help you write or edit a book proposal.
You can also hire me as a writer!
On top of feature writing, profiles, opinion and essays, I can research and draft reports, newsletters and blogs for your organization. If you have a great story to tell, I can ghostwrite your book.