Since the age of three, I’ve been in love with the written word. I began editing professionally at age 16 for the US military; since then, 30+ years later, I've edited books, documents, and publications for organizations that include Big 5 publishers, such as Hachette/Moon Guides and HarperCollins; “BigLaw” firms such as Locke Lord, Mayer Brown, and Sechrest Minick; and leading human rights advocates such as Color Of Change, Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, and Southern Poverty Law Center. Six years after starting my editing business, Writer’s Digest named me one of the “Top 37 Book Doctors” in the US. My author clients have won NAACP Image Awards, book deals, spots on bestseller lists, and countless other awards. I am a copyeditor, line editor, sensitivity reader, technical editor, author of the forthcoming So You Want to Be an Editor . . . But Can You Edit? (2023), and Associate Editor of Black Sci-Fi Short Stories (FlameTree, 2021).
My academic background is heavily technical and includes a BS in Information Science & Technology with a major in user experience; an AAS in Computer Information Technology with emphasis in software and database programming; and an AA in professional and technical writing. I also hold certificates and/or certifications in software, database, and applications programming, content strategy, information architecture, digital forensics, CRMs, and CMS. I am also certified in Salesforce SaaS.
I’m also a multifarious entrepreneur with passions for IT, travel, and conference planning. A 9x founder, I am the creator and director of WordWiser Ink, Black Writers Collective, the Black Editors & Proofreaders Network, and Boss Events & Travel. I’m the Editorial Freelancers Association's (EFA) conference planning consultant, a member of the Publications Committee, and a former member of the Board of Directors. I also currently serve as the Professional Editors Network's Volunteer Liaison and member of the Board of Directors.