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Award-winning Author and Freelance Editor

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He was born in New York but spent most of his youth in Southern California and some in Tampa, Florida, which is the setting for both of his books. At the age of 21, he started traveling around the world, living in Chicago, New York, Czechia, France, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. Among other jobs, he has worked as a delivery driver, server, cook, car salesperson, freelance editor, and he taught English to executives abroad. He has worked as an editor since 2010, working on a variety of genres that reflect his broad interests.


Published BOOKS

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The Closest I’ve Come

Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend—which seems impossible.


When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew, too, and starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn’t about acting tough and being macho; it’s about being true to yourself.

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The New David Espinoza

David Espinoza is tired of being messed with. When a video of him getting knocked down by a bully’s slap goes viral at the end of junior year, David vows to use the summer to bulk up— do what it takes to become a man—and wow everyone when school starts again the fall.


Soon David is spending all his time and money at Iron Life, a nearby gym that’s full of bodybuilders. Frustrated with his slow progress, his life eventually becomes all about his muscle gains. As it says on the Iron Life wall, What does not kill me makes me stronger.

In The Press


"Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed"


(starred review)


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Manuscript Critique

If you’ve finished the first draft of your book, you need honest and objective feedback on your work. Rather than focus on  line-by-line editing, a Manuscript Critique is about making sure you are achieving what you set out to do

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Line Editing   

Once you have incorporated feedback from the Manuscript Critique and done some rewriting, you are ready for professional editing. Many editors offer only one type of edit—developmental, copyediting or line editing. I offer all three. 

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Query Letter Review

Those seeking to publish traditionally need a query letter that will get the attention of publishers or literary agents. This short letter includes critical details about your book: the title, the author, genre, word count, and synopsis. 

Conversation between Colleagues

Book Coaching

I guide authors through the book writing process, which includes helping them brainstorm ideas, stay organized, get unstuck when they are blocked, and I can also provide feedback along the way so they can improve their writing.

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A consultation allows you to discuss your personal needs in-depth, whether you need editing or deciding on the next step of your writing journey. The editing consultation includes a one-page outline of items discussed and other follow-up information.



"Wonderful feedback and guidance helping me work through the content doubts I had. Always reliable, always offering valuable insights on how to progress. I highly recommend him."

Henrik Jensen, author of Masculine Meditations



If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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