Welcome

I’m an editor who lives just outside of Minneapolis with my husband and our two young children. I acquire and edit nonfiction books for Broadleaf Books, where I specialize in personal growth, religion, and spirituality.

I’ll use this space to share resources about publishing, insights from what I’m working on, and reflections from my own life. This is my personal website, but I will post about the books I’m acquiring and editing for Broadleaf.* This isn’t the place to pitch me your book (do that here) but I will offer some tips and insights about the publishing process along the way.

*The thoughts and opinions on this site are my own and do not represent Broadleaf Books or 1517 Media

Latest from the Blog

Spiritual Books by Black Women

For Black History Month, I’m highlighting a few books by Black women authors about faith, spirituality, and communal thriving. Add them to your reading list! In My Grandmother’s House by Yolanda Pierce The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. In a worldContinue reading “Spiritual Books by Black Women”

The Slow Business of Publishing

Publishing is a notoriously “slow” industry—with long lead times between book acquisition and book publication. For example: right now, at the close of the 2021 calendar year, I’m acquiring books that will come out in late 2023 or early 2024! These long timelines can be surprising to new writers, and to writers who are usedContinue reading “The Slow Business of Publishing”

Please DO write a memoir. Please DON’T try to sell that memoir.

Unlike many publishers (who accept submissions exclusively through agents), Broadleaf books has an open submissions inbox where anyone can pitch their book to us. I check it every week and have found some incredible projects from unrepresented authors. But every week, more than half (and sometimes nearly all) of the proposals I see in thatContinue reading “Please DO write a memoir. Please DON’T try to sell that memoir.”