About Five Points Editorial
Precision, Enthusiasm, and Love of Storytelling
I began work as an editor after years of involvement in the publishing industry in many capacities: successful author, book reviewer, contest judge, submissions evaluator. I'd found that, as much as I loved to write, I loved even more to help other writers bring out the best in their stories and reach their goals as authors. It frustrated me to come across a manuscript that was almost there, but not quite--and have to end its progress in the contest or review process. As a gatekeeper I had no choice, but as a fellow writer I only wanted to pick up the phone, call the author, and say, "hey, there are three little tweaks that will get you over this hurdle; let me tell you what they are."
As an editor, I can do that. For years I've worked with bestselling authors, helping them polish their writing, bring out the heart of the story, and work through the knottiest plot problems. With narrative nonfiction, I work with an eagle eye for fact as well as an ear for voice, ensuring that the writing flows harmoniously and no small detail is left unverified. The goal is always a final manuscript that resonates with the author's own voice and offers no distractions, grammatically or factually, from the spell cast by the story.
The name on my virtual door--Five Points Editorial--is a nod to one of my favorite places, New York City, and the nineteenth-century neighborhood known as the Five Points, located where Chinatown is now. Notorious at the time, it's now a flourishing place steeped in history--and when I find myself standing on one of its street corners, I know I can walk in any direction and find something amazing. That captures perfectly my philosophy of writing: ground yourself in all you know about your story, and move forward with curiosity and enthusiasm, leaving yourself open to serendipity.
Though I edit a wonderful variety of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir, I specialize in books set in New York City. My detailed knowledge of the city's geography and history helps ensure accuracy in my clients' projects.
I am a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and I hold a degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.