Hi, I'm Nic.

I’m a development editor, (ghost)writer, and instructional designer. In fewer words, I do content development.

I like to think of content development as akin to record production—albeit much, much quieter. It's not so much a matter of rewriting as it is working to amplify strengths and minimize weaknesses. It's really about listening—drawing out the best performance, capturing it, and polishing it. It's about staying out of the way as much as possible, giving a gentle push when necessary, and letting the cleanest version of the vision shine through.

When I’m not collaborating with authors, publishers, or ed tech folks, I dabble with home fermentables, play music with The Proofs, and am figuring out how to be a dad (not necessarily in that order).

Peek around for a few examples of past projects, and feel free to drop a line. I’m always happy to chat.




Developmental Editing

I’ve worked in editorial in some capacity for the better part of the past decade, and of all the hats I wear, I most enjoy partnering with authors—seasoned and fledgling alike—to realize their vision(s). Sometimes you’re just too close to your work to see it as clearly as possible. Through the gentle push and pull that is development, what was once perhaps blurry can often come into sharp relief.


Over the years, some of my editorial work has turned into articles, as well as paragraphs, pages, and chapters of books and book proposals that ultimately end up published under someone else’s name. Not everyone has all the words (or the time) they need to get their message across, which is where those of us with an excess can come in handy. (I’ve also been known to write under my own name, when time allows.)

Instructional Design

To create the most engaging, effective, and ultimately useful educational experience, instructional design should really play the role of permanent student. It’s as much about understanding end learning goals as it is gauging student needs and abilities, ultimately finding some ideal marriage. Meeting students where they are is at least as important as the path itself.