Last week, I did something bold. I made some pretty big changes on my professional website. Mainly, I announced two things: my soon-to-be-launched freelance editorial business (coming to you January 2019) and my eventually-to-be-launched wellness coaching program.
That’s right, I put it out there for the world to see.
Not that I’ve been quiet about it, or anything. But it’s the next big step when you own your own business: announcing the “new” and the “coming soon.” You have to have a solid enough base to warrant a “yeah, I think this will actually happen” mentality. Only then can you even think about putting it out there.
Let me tell you, I don’t think it will actually happen. I know.
I’m only three weeks into the copy editor mentoring program, and I am loving the work. We’ve been given the task of editing two full-length books (not for reals, for practice; they’ve already been professionally edited). I’m about thirty pages into the first manuscript and it is so much fun. Granted, I’m probably doing at least half of it wrong, but that doesn’t matter. I’m doing it.
I find the process of copy editing to be engaging, challenging, and fulfilling. I can see myself doing this professionally. Moreover, I really, really, really want it. I want to help authors put their best foot forward. I want my work to help them have the best book possible.
I’ve always loved to write, and I guess I’ve always been pretty good at it. But with learning to copy edit, I’m being forced into the world of grammar and punctuation, something I haven’t done since diagramming sentences in seventh grade.
Actual grammar rules are really not my strength, and comma/semi-colon placement will probably be the death of me. But I know more than I think I do, and if I can get out of my own way I think I’ll do pretty good.
I am excited to prove myself right. . .even as I embrace the irony that this quickie post is probably riddled with errors. Copy editor, red-pen thyself.