Sperry Editorial provides editing, writing, and research services for a variety of individual, nonprofit, and business clients. Shelley Sperry is a Certified Story Grid Editor, specializing in narrative nonfiction and historical fiction.
I'm Shelley Sperry, an editor, writer, and researcher based in Alexandria, Virginia. I used to work at National Geographic, so I think every book is better if it has a cool map—or a compelling landscape—or a lot of penguins. As an editor, I love digging into just about any genre. As a reader, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction with juicy historical details are usually the books in progress on my nightstand—a carryover from my former life as a college history instructor.
As a writer and researcher, I like moving between short and long projects—from captions for posters and graphics to blog posts to academic white papers. I'm currently writing a Story Grid Edition of Margaret Atwood’s gripping dystopian story, The Handmaid’s Tale. And I'm co-writing a parents' guide to alternative education and reporting on education for the Alt Ed Austin blog.
I'm a member of the DC-area Writers Center, and I use Story Grid principles to write short fiction about women in the 19th century, all of whom could really use some decent maps.