I grew up on Long Island in New York in the small town of Commack. Long Island is actually a peninsula (as of 1985, that’s what the Supreme Court said it was) but it’s definitely long (about 118 miles). It would never be called Wide Island, because it’s only about 23 or so miles across at its widest point.
I attended Bennington College in Vermont and Wesleyan University in Connecticut before starting my editing and writing career in New York City.
My first job was in the contracts department of Berkley Publishing. I learned the fundamentals of copyediting as an editorial assistant and then assistant managing editor at Dodd, Mead & Company before serving briefly as the copy chief of the Owl paperback line at Henry Holt & Company. I then became a staff writer and editor at Children’s Television Workshop, where I was the associate editor and then senior editor for Kid City magazine.
After moving to Seattle in 1989, I worked as a senior editor at the educational publishing house The Wright Group for nearly three years before becoming a full-time freelancer.
I have enjoyed working with these clients, among others:
- National Geographic Kids
- National Audubon Society
- Reader’s Digest Young Families
- Children’s Television Workshop
- Zaner Bloser
- Chelsea House
- Disney Press
- Benchmark Books
- Time for Kids
- Franklin Watts
- Sylvan Learning
- Perfection Learning
- Creative Classroom
- 3-2-1 Contact Magazine
- KidStar, the Interactive Radio Magazine
- Scholastic Parent & Child
I also write a blog called Piccalilli Pie, where I focus on natural history and sometimes write humor pieces, book reviews, and articles about anything that captures my interest.