Editing (developmental, substantive, line)
Editorial project management
Manuscript or proposal critique
My experience includes both in-house and freelance work in educational publishing, children's publishing (fiction and nonfiction), curriculum, journalism, research, fact-checking, and Chicago Manual of Style.
I love to learn new things and can probably support you with writing and editing assignments beyond those listed above. Tell me about your project and let’s see if I can help.
Editor, editorial manager, and journalist with twenty years of in-house and freelance publishing experience, including ideation, product development, project management, and mentoring. Passionate about clarity, the editorial process, elevating unheard voices, and making the world a better place through books.
Specializing in nonfiction and educational content for kids and young adults, with an affinity for most topics strange or surprising.
Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable Board of Directors (2018–present)
MA International Journalism, Cardiff University
BA English, University of Iowa
Introduction to Developmental Editing, University of Chicago Graham School
Basic Manuscript Editing, University of Chicago Graham School
"I worked with Ashley on my first two books, so you might imagine the nervous energy coming from my direction. Happily, she turned out to be the kind of thoughtful, incisive, and precise editor who is a relief to work with. She helped me to clarify my work so that its message could come across in a compelling way and saved me from countless typos. Literally every single communication with her was direct and professional, yet somehow reassuring—I have no idea how she does it. Just in case it's not clear, I very much recommend her for any editing gigs. Ashley forever!"
“From big-picture editorial direction to line edits, Ashley is a brilliant and kind editor! I would leap to work with her again.”
—Lee Wind, author of No Way, They Were Gay: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves,
a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
"When looking for an experienced editor to do anything from proofreading to substantive editorial work, I know I can trust Ashley to get the job done. Her insights and positive attitude make her a joy to work with."
—Allison Juda, Senior Editor, Bearport Publishing Company
“I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Ashley both as an on-staff editor and as a contract writer. Ashley brings a high level of professionalism to her work and is always a pleasure to work with. Her editing and writing skills are superior and her work is submitted on time. She is flexible and willing to go beyond to help out with projects when additional work is needed. I would highly recommend Ashley for any editing or writing projects!”
—Brenda Owens, Director of Content Management ELA, Carnegie Learning
"When we started working on my book together, I knew it wasn't up to par, but I couldn't figure out why. Ashley helped me rework the content and flow of the book into something powerful. Her help was instrumental in not only big-picture issues like reordering the content, but also in chapter-by-chapter changes that made things work together and end each chapter with actionable steps. She was very patient in working with me and understanding all of my concerns. Her outside perspective was instrumental in helping me get this book in shipshape!"
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