I have always considered myself a “Jack-of-all-trades.” Nowhere is that more evident than in my professional background in the publishing world. I’ve done a little bit of every piece of the process from writing to book selling and marketing.
After earning a Bachelor’s in English at Penn State University, I went to Emerson College where I earned a Master’s degree in Writing and Publishing. I interned for literary publicist Sandra Goroff & Associates, writing press releases and designing press kits. Our clients included mystery writer Clive Cussler, Curious George’s Margaret Rey, and antique experts Ralph & Terry Kovel. I also worked at Waterstone’s Booksellers in the greater Boston area doubling as both bookseller and Marketing Coordinator. I hosted signing events for such authors as Norm Abram, Gregory Maguire, Betty White, and Garry Marshall, and set up in-store readings with high school-aged writers.
During grad school, I was hired by Great Source Education Group, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company, as a customer service rep. Shortly after, I moved to the Advertising and Marketing departments as a designer. When I left 10 years later, I was Webmaster, helping plan out the division website and online marketing campaigns.
As both a designer and webmaster, I was project manager, proofreader, copywriter, editor, and quality assurance. Attention to detail was part of the job along with creativity and problem-solving.
Upon leaving Houghton to raise my kids, I continued working in the industry taking on freelance graphic design projects. I also provided editor/beta/proofreader roles for original and fan fiction-writing friends. I’ve been writing fan fiction myself off-and-on for decades, enjoying the challenge of working within canon constraints most of all.
In my off hours, you can find me surrounded by my three Black Labs, making jewelry, or logging time with fandom friends.