From Spiritual Warfare writer to beta reader to copyeditor. What made me want to take on the editing world? The needs of my fellow writers and the needs of my family.
For My Fellow Writers
Editing was always my favorite step in the publication of my own novel—aside from actually writing the book, of course. After opening my beta reading gig in July 2022, God sparked the possibility of starting up a gig for editing. I thought, if I could combine my editorial passion with a developed skill in the trade, I could provide writers with a well-needed service.
I set a deadline for spring and dove headfirst into studying. I made sure to focus on both American English and British English to expand my skillset for potential overseas clients. I sacrificed sleep and worked two jobs to save money to spend a week transitioning into editing.
Fast forward to March 13th, 2023 when I accepted my first copyediting order. A 58,000-word manuscript by an author dear to my heart. I worked for thirty hours the last five days, and I’ve got to tell you…it was everything I thought it would be! Getting to help those that matter most to me while prioritizing what matters most to them is a dream come true.
For My Kids
Being a single mom means every day that my eight- and ten-year-old are out of school is a day I must also be off work. Babysitters and daycares are impossibly expensive. My younger sister works from home and is always willing to watch my kids. But, in order to redeem that free child care, I had to drive an hour to her house to drop the kids off. And to prevent spending all the money I was making each day in gas, I would have to leave my children at her house for their entire spring/winter break.
The sixteen-hour shift I gained by leaving my kids with my sister was spent holding back the tears and pain of not being able to see my kids when I got home. Going a day or two without my kids was a nice break; but going without them for a week was killing me.
The sixteen-hour shift I gained by leaving my kids with my sister was spent holding back the tears and pain of not being able to see my kids when I got home. Going a day or two without my kids was a nice break; but going without them for a week was killing me. So, God showed me a way out. I devised a financial plan, obeyed a strategic and grueling time schedule, and finally, it all paid off.
March 13th, 2023 marked the first day of my kids’ spring break, and we got to spend it together in our home while I worked my first copyediting gig.
Copyediting was as much for my family as it was for the writing community. Studying to become a copyeditor has been achieved. Now, the goal is to earn that title every day.
2 thoughts on “Why Become a Copyeditor?”
Can’t even describe how happy I am for you!!!! So well deserved! Very excited to see what a beautiful and fierce Godly woman will do with this blessing. Seeing how you expand God’s love sincerely touches my soul. And girl, you do it with everything! (seriously, just adopt me lol.)Your family and the writing community are beyond blessed to have you. And so am I 🙂 Love you!
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Aww, thank you so much, Mary! That brought joyful, soulful tears to my eyes. I love you dearly, sister!
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