Although I love any type of editing project, I especially enjoy working with first-time authors and helping them navigate the (sometimes daunting) publishing process.
Through the certificate program, taught by seasoned veterans of the publishing industry, I was trained in the professional editing methods used by traditional publishing houses. As a strong proponent of indie authors and bookstores, I apply those same high standards and thorough processes whether working with self-publishing authors or those seeking to publish through the traditional route. I continue to supplement my education through courses and workshops related to specific areas of editing, publishing, and writing craft, such as:
Introduction to Developmental Editing, an 8-week course taught by author/editor Barbara Sjoholm through the Author-Editor Clinic.
Developmental Editing of Fiction: Strategies for Stepping Back to See the Big Picture, a webinar through the Editorial Freelancers Association, taught by editor and writing coach Tanya Gold.
You Wrote a Book: Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices, a full-day workshop taught by author, editor, and book-marketing guru Beth Jusino.
Memoir from Memory, a Jane Friedman-hosted webinar taught by Allison K. Williams, author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book.
How Memoirs Resonate, a Jane Friedman-hosted webinar taught by Dinty W. Moore, author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, in addition to multiple other books and memoirs.
Write Dialogue Like a Pro: Masterful Techniques to Improve Your Storytelling, a Jane Friedman-hosted webinar taught by Elizabeth Sims, author of You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams and many fiction novels.
I often find that my wide array of hobbies, as well as my many other seemingly unrelated jobs—real estate agent, restaurant manager, bartender, bar manager, insurance agent, nanny, and live-in caregiver—can come in handy when editing a manuscript or article.
But by far, my most important, interesting, challenging, and rewarding job is being a mom! Most of the above-listed hobbies are done with my son, Theo. He has his own set of hobbies too, such as Minecrafting. (Can that be considered a hobby or a verb?) He also enjoys writing, drawing, and making Power Point slideshows (mostly Minecraft-related). In fact, it is because of Theo that I became an editor—to have a flexible job and work from home so that I can always be available for him, take trips whenever we want, and volunteer in his classroom.
Fun Fact #1: Theo does not like to use punctuation when writing 😠 (It's okay; I charge him double for proofreading services 😉)
Fun Fact #2: Our latest mom-son hobby is fostering cats and kittens! (a compromise between his wanting and my not wanting a full-time cat)
Fun Fact #4: One year later, we decided Joyce (aka JJ Skritti) might need a sibling, so we gave fostering one more try with little Maxi. Will she turn out to be a keeper too? So far, she's not quite the Adventure Cat as Joyce, but she's making progress.