• Hello there, my new DEBUT #MULTICULTURAL PICTURE BOOK is here
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM debuts in September, 2018 but you may PRE-ORDER it now!
  • Your support is greatly appreciated.
  • Stay tuned for another historical nonfiction picture book coming soon called THE OLDEST STUDENT!


Rita at Libray Booksigning, Feb.2008

Do you need help with your latest manuscript? I offer comprehensive edits/critiques for both fiction and nonfiction picture books. This includes proofreading, line-editing, and developmental editing.

I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and I have been a book reviewer for trade publishers across the US for 10 years. I have been involved in critique groups for many years, and have won several writing awards, including:

a. Donald Scaif Conference Scholarship, 2018
b. State of Tennessee Professional Development Grant, 2017
c. 2014: East TN Historical Society Community History Award –
d. 2014: SCBWI Letter of Merit – Multicultural –
e. 2012: Lee and Low Books New Voices Award Winner
f. The Haven Foundation Grant, 2009
g. 2009: First Place, Google Knol Competition
h. 2007: Innerlit Moon Best First Chapter Contest (unpublished Romance)


I have two children’ books that will debut soon. They are:
1. Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis (Lee and Low, May, 20180 –
2. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House, 2019). Link to be announced.


I am the author of PLAYWRITING (Cavendish Square, 2017); GETTING A JOB IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY (Rosen Publishing, 2013); and GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MOOC and THE RIGHT DEGREE FOR ME IN HEALTH CARE (both published by Rosen Publishing, 2015).

I’m also the author of AFRICAN AMERICANS OF CHATTANOOGA: A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROES (The History Press, 2008). Salem Press published four of my nonfiction articles in its Great Lives from History: African American series (2010) and I contributed a historical article called DR. EMMA ROCHELLE WHEELER: A BEACON OF LIGHT for the book Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Tell Me About Your Project


When I take on your project, I provide detailed comments within the manuscript (Microsoft Word Tracking) as well as a Running Editorial summary where I offer suggestions to help you strengthen your manuscript to bring it to the next level. I also make myself available to answer your questions via email.

PROJECTS I ACCEPT (Email for prices)

Nonfiction picture books up to 1500 words

Fiction Picture Books up to 2000 words

CB (chapter books), MG or YA up to 25,000 words

Want to get the ball rolling? Complete the Contact Form to the left and let’s chat about your manuscript.

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