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OUR STORY

In August 2014, Anya and Jennifer got together for the first time in years. They had kept in touch online since meeting in a writing workshop, but this was their first time living near each other since college. They figured, what do extroverts do? Extroverts meet people for coffee. 

So they found an adorable coffee shop. It was the middle of one of the worst droughts in California's history, yet Anya and Jennifer got caught in an absolute downpour.

After hugging and exclaiming about the rain, they looked expectantly at each other, waiting for the other to go order. But it turned out neither one was a coffee drinker.

    "What do you mean you don't drink coffee?"

    "What do you mean you don't drink coffee?"

Once they had finished laughing, they settled on tea and hot chocolate. They had planned to meet for only an hour or two but ended up curled on one of the coffee shop's couches for much longer, catching up and brainstorming. They quickly realized that their editing philosophies aligned and their years of expertise perfectly complemented one another's.

Touchstone Editing was conceived that day, in that adorable coffee shop, while it poured for the first time in months. In March 2015, Anya and Jennifer's planning came to fruition, and Touchstone Editing officially began helping authors transform their drafts into stories that readers love.


THE EDITORS

Anya Kagan
Anya Kagan loves helping people shape the gems of their writing, working to draw out and enhance the author's vision. Since graduating from Brandeis University with a degree in Creative Writing and French and Russian Literatures, Anya has worked with authors such as Sarah Andre, Deek Rhew, Janie Crouch, JoAnn Sky, Alexa Padgett, Carrie Lomax, Alessandra Harris, Simon Quellen Field, Gabriel Böhmer, and many more.

Anya's books have been Booksellers' Best Award, Stiletto Contest, National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Golden Quill, New England Readers' Choice Award, Golden Heart, and RITA Award finalists. She has also edited for Entangled Publishing and Pandamoon Publishing.




Jennifer (Levine) London
Jennifer (Levine) London has expertise editing everything from romance novels to corporate slide decks. She is a firm believer in the power of the written word and has a passion for helping writers realize their creative visions by turning good stories into great ones. She spent nearly a decade as the Managing Editor for Circlet Press, where she compiled and edited short-story anthologies of erotic sci-fi/fantasy, including the Lambda Literary Award–nominated anthology Charming.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Brandeis University and is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction Writing at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a reader and copy editor for TIMBER magazine.