Though born and raised in Houston, I spent nearly a decade growing a production editorial career at major publishers in New York City before chasing a longtime dream of relocating to Chicago in May 2016. It was here in Chicago that I made the switch to becoming a full-time freelance copy editor, proofreader, and production editor.
As an undergraduate at New York University, I had the advantage of being able to participate in publishing internships during the full academic year rather than solely summers. During my time as a college student, I was an intern at Scholastic, Penguin Group (now Penguin Random House), Routledge, and McGraw-Hill.
After graduating from NYU, I went on to hold positions within managing editorial, production, and copyediting departments at Penguin Group, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, respectively. During this time, I also began taking freelance copyediting and proofreading projects from fellow production editors at New York’s Big Five publishing houses (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster). My client base has since expanded to include the likes of Amazon Publishing, Insight Editions, Kirkus Media, Open Road Integrated Media, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, among others.
When in-house publishing professionals became required to work in a remote setting as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, I welcomed the opportunity to accept my current role as a senior production editor at Macmillan. In addition to holding this position, I continue to take on freelance copyediting and proofreading projects for upcoming books.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking and baking, and watching stand-up comedy. Additionally, I am an avid runner; I regularly compete in events ranging from the mile to the marathon. I also contribute blogging and editorial duties for the website of my Brooklyn-based running team, the Prospect Park Track Club, and I observe and document what Chicagoans are reading for my city’s chapter of CoverSpy.