Hi there. My name is Anita Mumm, and I’m an editor, book coach, and writing teacher.
A decade of experience in the publishing industry and a lifelong passion for books brought me to this work I love. Prior to starting Mumm’s the Word, I worked in submissions and foreign rights at Nelson Literary Agency and taught writing workshops. Before that, I taught English as a Second Language at universities and nonprofit programs in the U.S. and abroad. Using my skills as an editor and teacher, I blend honest feedback with a deep desire to help writers bring forth their best work.
My clients’ books have held top spots on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, garnered rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, and achieved international acclaim. But you don’t have to be there yet. I’m here to help wherever you are in your writing journey; whether your goal is to polish your manuscript before submitting/publishing, or you need help getting that first draft on the page.
A little backstory:
I grew up on the plains of Western Kansas, miles from a paved road and surrounded by unbroken stretches of wheat, pastureland, and blue-sky space for the imagination. I value those roots that kept me grounded as I wandered the creek bottoms and limestone hills to lose myself in Nature. Nowadays, my home base is in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but I still love to roam. When possible, I channel this energy toward causes I’m passionate about; recent projects include a month at the refugee camp known as The Jungle in Calais, France; and a semester teaching at Kunpan School for Tibetan Refugees in Dharamsala, India. The idea of “home” and what that means in these unquiet times is a topic I constantly explore.
Okay, enough about me. I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to hearing from you.