Category: Blog

Imagining Either/And

First of all, it was poppy season. It was poppy season in Palestine and it was poppy season in California. For all that separated the two places, this particular flower makes everybody happy. It’s California’s state flower, and Erin and I always point them out to each other along the roadsides as though the neon orange … Read More »


I learned in 2018 that there isn’t enough of me to edit full-time and write full-time, and thanks to a timely grant, some soul-searching, and a boatload of moral support from my better half, 2019 is the year to create some changes. I’ve been editing manuscripts since 1999. Lately, it feels like work I started in … Read More »

Speaking event: Diplomatic Author Queries

On Thursday 11/30 at 5:30 p.m. in the SF Library Main Branch, I’ll be sharing share tips for crafting diplomatic author queries and other author-positive notes. From my experience as an editor and fiction writer, I’m looking forward to sharing insights and tools that will help fellow editors learn to apply diplomacy for best results: … Read More »

Book review: “Running” by Cara Hoffman

Running by Cara Hoffman My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you aren’t reading Cara Hoffman’s fiction right now, you’re missing out on some important writing. Her vision is demanding. She writes about broken systems (the patriarchy, America itself, and in Running, broken families). Her characters are people who live in the cracks–assault survivors, veterans, … Read More »

MFA, baby!!

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA program and will begin classes this summer. The program is four semesters, and I will continue to run my business without interruption. I look forward to seeing my own work grow for the first time in a long time, and to sharing the fruits of my experiences in the program with my clients in the upcoming years.

March 14: Renee Macalino Rutledge launches THE HOUR OF DAYDREAMS

Join me at Alameda’s Books Inc. to help launch this beautiful debut novel about a reimagined Filipino folktale. I read it in a swoon over Renee’s beautiful language, and am overjoyed to see that this new voice in fiction is finding its way into the world. Each of her chapters can almost stand alone, centered on the mysteries of selfhood, secrets, and … Read More »

Progress by Retreat: Three Kinds of Writing Success

This month, I’m looking forward to spending five days in the Santa Cruz mountains at the Northern California Writers Retreat, an annual gathering of authors. The workshops will be led by an agent, a freelance editor, and a visiting author. There’s yoga and food and solo cabins. Basically it’s a dream come true for any self-employed … Read More »