A Little Something About Me

I love helping writers and feel good when remem­ber­ing I’ve gotten many first-time authors through the door – doors like Scholastic and Harcourt, or even now, when people return to F1rst Pages to share their success with me, I’m remind­ed that this is what I should be doing.

Publishing both fiction and nonfic­tion, over the years as an Executive Editor at Scholastic, as well as Harcourt, I got my start in educa­tion­al publish­ing in class­room and school and library and moved on to work with magazines, book clubs, book fairs and Scholastic trade, helping to create product that could work across markets. Now an edito­r­i­al consul­tant, I work with both published and unpub­lished authors and help them strength­en their writing — picture books, chapter books (fiction and nonfic­tion), middle grade novels, and young adult novels — and get published. I still give my time to publish­ers, consult­ing on manuscripts before they go to press.

I look at your work from a market­ing perspec­tive and show you how to do the same so you can become aware of, and learn the part of the business that isn’t writing and have a better chance of getting published.

I creat­ed the site F1rstPages.com to help authors like you and have partnered with Harold Underdown, author of the Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books and owner of the Purple Crayon web site, to provide online tutori­als at Kids Book Revisions (kidsbookrevisions.com), where you can get the benefit of two profes­sion­al editors simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. Just like life, publish­ing is a process, not only in the mechan­i­cal sense but there is an emotion­al compo­nent for you, the writer, that shares his/her work with a perfect stranger. And you have to put that part of you aside for a moment in order to hear what your editor is saying or trying to show you to help improve your work. We work togeth­er.

There are plenty of comments all over the site and a place where you can read addition­al testi­mo­ni­als.

I am glad to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with you. Welcome!

Thanks for your interest in F1rst Pages.
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