editing

I always admire a well-turned sentence, as well as a writer who can properly use an en-dash. As an editor, my goal is to always keep a writer’s voice intact, while polishing a piece for clarity, house style, grammatical errors, and factual accuracy. I started my (paid) career as a fact-checker and I consider careful research and fact-checking to be at the heart of all of my writing and editing projects.

Until recently, I was the editor of GardenDesign.com, where people who are passionate about gardening and design can find and share inspiration, history, techniques, and tips.

In the past, my other projects have included:

  • Worked as the project manager for Extreme Local, a 2009 city-wide campaign by NYCGo.com, the city’s official marketing website, which focused on exploring fifteen New York neighborhoods.
  • Co-edited the July/August 2009 issue of (the late, great) I.D. magazine, the Annual Design Review, the biggest issue of the year.
  • Secured text permissions for designer Debbie Millman’s book Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (HOW Books, October 2009).
  • Served as the chief researcher for Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook (Clarkson Potter, November 2005).
  • Worked on staff at Print, the National Magazine Award–winning graphic design magazine (winner of the 2008 and 2009 award for General Excellence); American Heritage, a wonderful history magazine*; and the now-defunct Martha by Mail, Martha Stewart’s online catalog.
  • Fact-checked articles for major publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Self, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Living, Everyday Food, and theknot.com.
  • And way back when, I started my career as an (unpaid) intern at three very different places: the prestigious young adult division of Henry Holt, (reading slush); the office of infamous literary agent David Vigliano (reading slush); and the Paris bureau of Women’s Wear Daily (folding clothes).


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One of the pieces I really enjoyed working on at American Heritage was a piece about Mary Todd Lincoln (or MTL, as I like to refer to her affectionately) and her mental health. My diligent research earned me a shout-out in author Jason Emerson’s book, which was all about The Madness of Mary Lincoln.