Clean Sheet Edits

Professional Fiction and Non-Fiction Editing Services
ABOUT
 
 I have twenty years of experience, twelve of which were spent conducting workshops for advanced writing at The University of Michigan and The College of William and Mary, during which I had the pleasure of overseeing many honors theses and independent studies, but mainly the joy of watching novice writers blossom into their own.

I track each and every change I make to your manuscript, to ensure you have an opportunity to accept or reject those changes. I also offer an intuitive explanation of why I make any changes that are not straightforward. I pride myself in making this a learning process for my clients, almost like taking an advanced writing class. Whatever you take from an edit, I guarantee you will be able to apply it elsewhere in your creative work and daily life.

Editing is one of those rare services that creates friendship and trust between the client and the individual providing the service. Your manuscript will be treated with respect, confidentiality, and security.
I have worked with authors that hail from all corners of the country, learning from them as much as they learn from me! Every edit is a new adventure, and I have never lost that spark! It's the main reason I have never lost a client, and I offer an initial consult, a sample edit, and an open contract to back that, offering you the reassurance that if you are not completely satisfied with the process, we can stop or pause a project. 


Curriculum Vitae

Education
•MFA in Creative Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2000-2002 (GPA 8.0 of 8.0)
•BA in English and Rhetoric with Religious Studies Minor, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1995-1999 (GPA 3.9 of 4.0))

Employment
•Clean Sheet Edits, Owner (2013-Present)
•Professor, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (Fall 2007-Spring 2013)
Courses taught: Fiction Writing and Advanced Fiction Writing, Independent Study
•Instructor, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL (Fall 2006-Spring 2007)
Courses taught: Literature and Composition
•Instructor, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor (Fall 2004-Winter 2005)
Courses taught: Advanced Composition, Creative Writing I & II
•Lecturer I & II, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Fall 2000-Fall 2004)
Courses taught: English 124 (Writing & Literature), English 125 (Composition), English 223 (Creative Writing), English 225 (Argumentative Writing)
Duties at above institutions included designing of syllabus and course schedule, planning lecture/exams/paper topics, meeting with students individually, proofreading and editing, critiquing expository & fictional student work and assigning grades
•Co-editor and Translator for Periphery: A Journal of Polish Affairs, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2001-05)
•Teacher, Creative Writing, Angell School (Elementary), Ann Arbor, Michigan (Fall 2001)
•Teacher, Huntington Learning Center, Austin, Texas (June 1999-June 2000)
Duties included working with students both in groups and individually, providing necessary logic, math, composition and science skills with the goal of returning students to an appropriate class level
•Private Tutor, Austin, Texas (July 1999-June 2000)
Duties included strengthening study skills and reading comprehension of academically challenged students at the high school and college grade level

Publications
•Quarterly West, #55 Fall/Winter, 2002-03, Real Men, Ghost Parts
•The Evansville Review, Volume XII, 2002, Walking Man’s Road
•The Best of Carve Magazine, Volume III, 2002, Real Men, Ghost Parts
•Water~Stone, Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 2002, Fire Babies (for the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize)
•Concepts, 1999, Big Light, Little Girl

Awards and Achievements
•University of Michigan Graduate Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, First Place (2002)
•Andrea Beauchamp Prize in Fiction (2002)
•Brenda Ueland Prose Prize (2002)
•Alfred Kuehn Scholarship (1998)
•Golden Key Honor Society (1996-1999)
•Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (1996-1999)
•University of Illinois Dean’s List (1995-1999)
•Charles and Susan Shattuck Award in Fiction (1997)