I started my 25-year editing career as a newspaper copy editor, news editor, and page designer for two of Southern California’s largest newspaper groups. That experience shaped who I am today. I took that experience and moved on to working for award-winning startup magazines in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties as an editor, designer, and social media specialist with the singular responsibility for helping those publications reach a more sophisticated editorial quality. Currently, I am an editorial project manager in the communications department of an internationally recognized research institute in California. Fifteen years ago, I launched my side gig, Good Catch Editing. Freelancing has only broadened my experience. I get the pleasure of editing a wide variety of nonfiction books and other writing projects. It’s been a genuine honor to work with people who are as passionate about their projects as I am about editing them.
To me, editing is akin to straightening out crooked lines so readers have an effortless and joyful reading experience. Noticing details is my stock in trade, and my years working in newsrooms ensures I can handle intense deadline situations without breaking a sweat. And the time I’ve spent working as a freelancer ensures that I can communicate well remotely.
I specialize in journalism and nonfiction—everything from the hard sciences to public policy, news, business, lifestyle, entertainment, and general-interest content. I am well-versed in the usual style guide suspects: AP and Chicago. I also develop house style guides for publications and businesses.
I am at expert level in Photoshop, Acrobat, and InDesign as well as stylish layout for print media. I am knowledgable in most social media platforms, and I’m proficient in several CMS applications. I am also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES, The Society for Editing.