Hello, authors and up-and-coming writers.
I have a love for the written word that began with my first visit to the school’s library in fourth grade, continuing to the present.
I will let you in on a secret, two actually. I am a writer. I began writing in my teens and planned to pursue a journalism degree upon graduating high school. Life took a turn. I had a child, married, and focused on my family. At thirty, I entered college, getting both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. The first story I turned into the professor, I was confident my words would wow him. He returned the assignment, marked, thankfully, in green ink. Every paragraph on every page, the professor had noted mistake after mistake.
I went home and cried for hours. Then I dried my tears and read every comment over and over. The longer I looked at them, I agreed with the professor’s assessment. He showed me, through examples, knowledge, and compassion, what worked and what did not.
He challenged me. I appreciated the time he took to help me, and I rewrote the story, using his comments as a guide. I stepped up and faced him boldly by the next class. What happened that day set me on a path to become a person who encourages novice and seasoned writers like yourself. Making your work the best it can be is my passion.
Education is where I cut my teeth in editing. Guiding students to write using the proper essay formula is only half of teaching college composition. The other half is editing their work. Over seventeen years, thousands of essays crossed my desk. It is copy-editing at its core.
By 2014, online publishing allowed me to pursue a career in fiction. By far, my most rewarding job to date is with the Wild Rose Press (TWRP). They honed my skills, guiding me through fiction copyediting and proofreading. I paid close attention. TWRP allowed me to grow, and in 2017 rewarded me for my hard work. I moved from copyediting and proofing to editing. I work directly with authors. It is inspiring, assisting them with their stories, keeping their style, yet polishing manuscripts to make them shine. I see myself as a coach and cheerleader. It is the most rewarding part of my job.
As you can see, my editing experience is diverse. My work ethic is impeccable. I am organized and punctual. I push myself to meet and exceed deadlines while maintaining the standards I set for myself. Whatever your needs are, I strive to develop the highest quality work for my clients.
It will be my pleasure to assist you in making your story, whatever it is, market worthy.