Was it reading that inspired you to become a writer?
Reading is what inspired me to become an editor.
Hi, my name is Audrey. I help women authors get their books ready for publication without the frustration and perfectionism that comes from self-editing for the umpteenth time.
I’m a book copy editor, proofreader, and book accountability coach. I’ve been a bookworm all my life, favoring series because I hate for the story to end. After working in a library during college and earning my BA, I started a career in research and development. While in R & D, I was often asked to edit papers for my ESL colleagues. This made me realize how much I love editing and helping others with their writing.
As errors and inconsistencies seem to naturally jump off the page at me, an editing business seemed a reasonable next step. In my opinion, there is no better job than one that pays you to read. Since then, I’ve taken multiple proofreading and copy editing classes. I also continue to learn with each new client and project on which I work. I use The Chicago Manual of Style.
When not editing, I can be found reading a book (for pleasure!), hiking, crafting, gardening, and spending time with my husband and two daughters in our Ohio home. I’m a homebody by nature, and enjoy learning new things as I sift through client work.
However, editing is more than just reading; it involves a deep understanding of language usage and voice. It’s a history lesson and a science lesson all in one.
Books may seem like nothing more than a hodgepodge of letters and punctuation at first glance, but a careful eye can see where the symbols become a doorway for new ideas, emotions, and information.
I want you to know that I’ve been there. I get it. I write something and think I found all the errors—I am an editor after all. But then someone points out some obvious mistake. And I think, “How did I miss that?!” But this is why everyone—even me—needs someone else to look over their manuscript.
When you are ready, I’m here for you. I’m the last set of eyes before you hit publish. I’m super awesome at finding inconsistencies and typos in other people’s writing (I’m also highly organized).
So, if you are interested in publishing, I’m your gal!