WRITING 

"You're the most competent writer we've found--and the most accurate, knowledgeable, and quick." Sara Gragnolati, Mambo Sprouts Marketing and KIWI Magazine

Janet provides lively, compelling, accurate text for a wide variety of clients. While that work is nonfiction, her lifelong study of fiction makes her sensitive to word choice, sentence rhythms, pacing, and emotional impact. She has a strong understanding of writing mechanics from teaching writing at four universities and working at publishing houses, newspapers, and magazines, so clients can trust the changes she makes, and she often provides explanations that will serve them in the future. A concern for detail leads her to confirm facts with care. 

Here's some work from the past decade:

  • Her historical novel, LILLI DE JONG, forthcoming from Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in spring 2017.
  • An essay for the "Modern Love" column in the New York Times;
  • A short story in SWITCHBACK, an online literary magazine, nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. See "Instructions for Failure."
  • A second story, "For Objects Do Sustain," nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize by the Green Hills Literary Lantern.
  • A third story, "The Reason I'm Here," in the Tulane Review, in a pdf here (starts page 92).
  • Scripts (as co-writer and editor) for documentaries on Philadelphia history produced by History Making Productions, aired on Channel 6abc, with episode two, Fever 1793, winning a regional Emmy for Best Feature Documentary;
  • Sections of Women’s Health for Dummies; and
  • Most of the first issue and some of the second for a national parenting magazine called KIWI, for which she was executive editor; and
  • A mock-rejection of The Scarlet Letter in Writer's Digest, 2015.

In addition, as an editor, she offers extensive rewriting. Clients say that she retain their voices while improving the logic, language, accuracy, and emotional force of their work.