I grew up in the suburbs of LA, and thought of myself as a California girl.  Not a surfer girl exactly, but one who appreciated the beach and thought sunbathing was an active sport. At the same time, I loved words: I was the editor in chief of my high school paper and the Editorial Editor of the UCLA Daily Bruin, my college paper, where I spent considerably more time than I did in class. I never thought of becoming anything but a writer/editor. Honestly, there was nothing else I could do half as well.

L.A. was home. And yet, I had this nagging feeling I belonged in New York.  And so, four years into my first job-job (as Managing Editor of a regional monthly called COAST), I quit and headed east to an editing gig on the Newsday Sunday Magazine. The transition was no day at the beach. New York was cold, beyond my imagining, and my Upper West Side neighborhood was as yet untouched (or unsullied, depending on your view) by gentrification. Then there was the reverse commute to Long Island, typically involving subway, train and cab. I persevered. In due time, I became Newsday’s Deputy Arts & Leisure editor and things began looking up.

Other jobs, at newspapers, magazines and websites, would follow. Among them: Executive Editor of the groundbreaking women’s magazine Lear’s and Deputy Editor of Good Housekeeping, where I thrived despite a complete lack of domestic skills. At these two publications I assigned and edited pieces by some of the best writers in the business: Anna Quindlen, Jenny Allen, John Lahr, Elisabeth Bumiller, Leslie Bennetts, Betsy Carter, Susan Dominus, K.C. Cole, Melissa Fay Greene, Sarah Lyall, Amy Wallace, Ann Hood, Amanda Robb and Sheila Weller.  I loved it.  At Good Housekeeping, I was also the lead editor on a health package that won the National Magazine Award in health.

In recent years, I’ve taught journalism at Fordham University and NYU and appeared as a guest speaker in Advanced Magazine Writing at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. I’ve worked on the news-aggregator website newser.com, and consulted for Meredith Custom Publishing. I review fiction for Kirkus Reviews and contribute author interviews to the AARP website; I  also evaluate manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy in London.  Last, but not least, I work with individual clients on their writing projects. What can I do for you? Get in touch...

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