I have been doing editing and design for print, digital, and video for over twenty years.
With Book Love Space, I am pursuing my passion: to help create and promote beautiful books that people value and treasure.
I am expert in copyediting, book design, graphic design, motion graphics, and video editing.
Some of my background:
In 2002 I started doing editing and layout for independent magazines. This represented a convergence of my prior work in literary and visual arts.
On the literary side, I had previously worked as a fiction and screenplay reader, writing coverage for editors and producers, while also doing computer layout and word processing for legal and corporate clients. On the visual side, meanwhile, I designed on-screen video graphics, DVD menus, and a few websites.
I learned a lot during this time, working with Photoshop, Quark Express, and InDesign. The world of offset printing was a revelation. Since then, I’ve designed not just layouts but brochures, posters, online ads, annual reports, business cards, booth display graphics, and a few logos. (Some samples of my work can be found in my portfolio.)
In 2004, I expanded my focus to include more of the web. Leveraging Drupal, the open source content management system, I was able to take on larger projects. By 2007 I was heading up a small company doing websites for major universities like Stanford and name-brand magazines such as Popular Science.
But I missed working in print.
In 2013, I co-founded Toot Sweet Ink, a very small press focused on very select projects. My responsibilities include editing and layout for hardcover, paperback, and ebook.
In 2017, feeling that web development projects were distracting from my real joy of working in publishing, I put up my shingle for Book Love Space, offering editing and book design services to the growing ranks of independent publishers and authors.
The work I do here at Book Love Space is separated from Toot Sweet Ink by the Great Wall of Principle. Here at Book Love Space, I help you publish. I don’t take a piece of the action. (And at Toot Sweet Ink, the author is not paying for the publisher’s editing and design for the book.)
See my disclosures for more about this.
Ever since I was in grade school, I’ve loved science fiction and fantasy. I started writing short stories in my teens. In my 20s I also wrote a few screenplays. These days I write mostly science fiction. Sometimes I blog on my personal site.
If all this wasn’t enough, I also have a passion for filmmaking. For a while, I produced and edited trailers, shorts, promos, television shows, and other things. I haven’t done much in video lately, but that may change. I’m eyeing book trailers as a possible thing. Stay tuned.
Who has time for hobbies? I do enjoy keeping up on the latest science discoveries and following new technologies. When I have the time, I like to cook. Bicycling is fun. About ten years ago I got a recumbent bicycle, which is much easier on my back. I love auto racing. I actually raced a BMW for a couple of years, but that tends to be an expensive activity that doesn’t fit well within a book publisher’s income. Mostly I read.
I have an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and a BA in English from The University of Chicago.
And that’s me.