Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Bookworm
When asked how I became an editor, I always simply say that my journey has been long and winding.
However, this is an oversimplification of a much more interesting—but admittedly, complex—story.
As a lifelong introverted—self-proclaimed—bookworm, I have always carried a book (or three) in my backpack—something that has not changed to this day.
One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor of my apartment building creating and revising my own stapled zines, complete with indexes.
I’ve also had the privilege of living in various geographical locations, which has allowed me to speak several languages. (Interpreting and translating idioms remains one of my absolute favourite pastimes).
However, despite this obvious love of language nuances and the written word, editing is something that I never truly considered. In all honestly, despite my love of reading, the behind-the-scenes aspect eluded me.
An Editor is Born
Fast forward to a life-changing event, I was faced with a difficult decision. In particular, I had to change my entire career. I came across—and eventually graduated from— the Editing and Plain Language Certificate programs at Simon Fraser University. This solidified my resolve; editing appeared to be what I was meant to do all long.
Years later, I remain surprised at how much my love for this field grows, daily. Professional development opportunities remain exciting, and I never pass up the opportunity to read the latest book or blog from the editing world.
Freelancing Highs and Lows
To be sure, editing can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. While I personally enjoy freelancing, as many freelancers and gig workers know, there are highs and lows. In particular, it can be hectic at times, with slower periods. However, the ability to take on projects that I am passionate about, remains the highlight of my day.
Despite this, I enjoy working with my clients, and reading a draft of someone’s lovingly crafted story never fails to bring a smile to my lips. And I can’t wait to help polish the draft into, what I know will be, a stellar final copy.
How did you get your start in your field? I’d love to hear your story! Questions? Comments? For copy editing projects, please visit my copy editing page, which lists my experience and rates. Contact me for more information about your project needs.