I grew up in Oakland, California, but I've lived in Minneapolis since 1993 because I actually like snow. I also appreciate the Twin Cities' vibrant literary and artistic communities. My perspective as a manuscript editor and writing coach has been enriched by creative writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
I've worked in book publishing since 1998. I've been an in-house editor at a small publisher, and I was part of a twelve-year partnership business providing book production and consulting services to authors and publishers. In 2018 I founded Wright for Writers LLC, a solo business focused on writing coaching, editing, and publishing consulting.
Over the course of my career I've worked on a wide range of books in a variety of genres. I've developed a deep knowledge of book design and other publishing standards, and I am a skilled project manager.
As a writing coach I work with writers at any stage of the creative process and offer tools, resources, and constructive feedback to support them in refining their craft and pursuing their goals.
As a developmental editor I identify big-picture strengths and weaknesses and work with the author to make revisions that improve the book's overall argument or narrative and enable it to speak to its intended readership more effectively. As a copyeditor I focus on ensuring consistency and clarity, amplifying the author's voice and removing obstacles to readers. Books I've edited have been finalists or winners of a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Awards, the Midwest Book Awards, and the Next Generation Indie Awards.
In my role as a consultant I help clients understand their options and choose the best route for meeting their publishing goals. I manage the production process and advise the author on comprehensive marketing planning as well as printing and distribution services.
In addition to one-on-one consulting, I'm available to speak to any size group about various publishing-related topics.