Hey, I'm Greg. I live in western Maine, on unceded Wabanaki territory, surrounded by scarlet oaks, paper birches, and a big yellow barn. And I love helping people share their stories.
For my first organized foray into writing, I wrote a vampire romance novel where the protagonist-lovers constantly bared their fangs at each other. I was eleven years old. It was summer. I was reading lots of Bram Stoker. I was madly in love with a sixth-grade crush I won't slander here by naming.
My understanding of storytelling has come a long way since then. I promise.
I hold an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, where I honed my editing skills, and an MFA in English from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where I studied fiction writing and the nuances of storytelling with some of America's finest writers, including Marilynne Robinson, Lan Samantha Chang, Kevin Brockmeier, Alexander Chee, and Michelle Huneven.
I started as a storyteller, became a journalist for a while, realized I was fiction writer at heart, and developed into an editor as I came to understand the importance of great editing in crafting great storytelling.
I work as a non-fiction book editor these days for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors. As an editor I specialize in entrepreneurship; medical, health, and wellness writing; science writing (both the physical and social sciences); nature and environmental writing; technology and the arts; and general business-related books. As an editor, I love a book that helps empower people, chooses human value over pure profit, beautifully blends logic and emotion, and seeks to disrupt highly-entrenched trends in desperate need of change.
Some of my past and current clients include Random House, BenBella Books, HarperCollins, Ryan Moran, Christine Kane, Alex Hormozi, Ashley Stahl, John Mann, LifeTree Media, Consumer Reports, The New York Times Company, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Beyond Type 1, The Mayo Clinic, Healthline Media, The University of Iowa Press, Bull City Press, and the Jenny Holzer Studio Gallery.
Among those clients are several New York Times-bestselling authors, regional best-selling authors, and Amazon.com best-selling authors.
In addition to editing, I'm an award-winning author myself: My debut novel, The Lowering Days is out with HarperCollins in the United States and Editions Gallmeister in France. My short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in national publications such as the Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, The Chicago Times, The New York Times, and Consumer Reports.
So, while my middle school vampire fiction never took off, I have had the good fortune of being on both sides of the publishing equation as an editor and author for the past fifteen years. My goal is always to help authors tell their stories in their voices as artfully and effectively as possible. Writing isn't just the act of composition; it's the act of connecting, at both the head and the heart level.