Wednesday, July 17, 2013


As if I didn't have enough to keep me busy, my latest adventure promises to keep me up nights for months, maybe years to come. Yup, as Hamilton Springs Publishing's newest editor, I'll be developing the kinds of books I love - fantasy, science fiction, paranormal! I'm giddy with glee!

Hamilton Springs Publishing began two years ago as Xchyler Press (pronounced Skyler). Now, under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Penny Freeman and Business Manager Heidi Birch, Xchlyer Press is now the paranormal/steampunk imprint. More imprints are planned for the near future.

So how did I get involved? Simple. My sister-in-law spotted a call for editors from Penny Freeman and forwarded it to me. I was intrigued. About seven years ago I worked as an editor for Mapletree Press, an independent homeschool publisher. While I enjoyed working with the authors, non-fiction really wasn't my cup of tea. I always wished, in the back of my mind, that I could edit fiction. So when I saw the email from Dorine I got excited. But I had one problem. Well, lots of problems. I essence, I just so busy! Not only do I have 5 kids, but I'm also in grad school, promoting my own novels, and getting ready to teach a creative writing class in the fall. And I wanted to edit on top of all that?


So I sent in my resume and some sample edits and now it's official! I just received my first assignments, two fantasy novels and a science fiction. I'll be doing content/developmental edits on some projects, line edits on others. In the meantime, I've started reading some of the books recently released by Hamilton Springs, including VIVATERA by Candace J. Thomas and VANGUARD LEGACY: FORETOLD by Joanne Kershaw.

Life is going to busier than ever for me, but I seem to function best that way. And I'm loving everything I'm doing.  When I do have a "day off," I never know what to do with myself.

If you'd like to know more about Hamilton Springs and Xchyler Press, visit HERE.