I am a California native and now live in Tel Aviv. I am a lover of the written word, of writers and of story. When I am not writing, reading, knitting or swimming, I love to work with writers, as a substantive and developmental editor. I am a published essayist in the Huffington Post and many other publications and have written a couple of books. My latest book, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev is one that I am very proud of. I have written taught and spoken widely about the art and craft of writing and have traveled extensively. Learn more about my work experience here.
In my experience as a writer and as an editor, it is crucial to connect with and be enthusiastic about the material. We know that we want to write, we obsess on our stories in fact, but we also have to prove to the world that what we wrote matters. It's the sheer joy we put into our writing, combined with the conviction that others will benefit from our stories that we writers have to remember.
I have edited a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books including Unfiction, by Gene Doucette, Sky, by Ondine Sherman, Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves by James Matlack Raney, How to be Happy With Whatever You End up Getting by Mark Kapner, Love, me by Anne Royse, and Julian Rigby and the Keepers of Time, by John Grammatico, Two Zebras, by Ze'ev Silverman.
I love nothing more than a good story, well told.
In my experience, writers in pursuit of fame, acclaim or dollars signs are destined to a path of frustration. The simple desire to tell a good story, one that readers will read and reread and tell their friends about, should be your guiding motivation. Tell us a story. One that challenges, comforts, and moves us. One that might even teach us something new about ourselves and about the world. Tell us a story that entertains us and that matters. If you accomplish even a fraction of those goals in your manuscript and you have the patience and resolution to keep writing and searching for just the right way to publish your book then the world of being a writer is for you. Write for the love of it. Be entertaining.
Read, Read, Read, Read
Be familiar with what great writing looks like, and notice the pleasure of reading. Be familiar with who has written what, and when and why you enjoyed it so. Try reading books by authors you are not familiar with, and rereading classics you read when you were a kid. Try audiobooks. Make the time in your life to enjoy reading for the sheer love of exploring the world through the eyes of someone else. The rewards are innumerable, not the least of which is that your own writing will be guided, informed and inspired by other great writers.