When I started my freelance editing business in 2012, I had no idea if it would be a success. I can now say, with all modesty, that it has been. It all began after I had edited the novel of a local author (thank you, RA!). He gave me such a glowing testimonial that it inspired me to create a website and advertise online. Apart from the times I have had to take a sabbatical, my inbox has been continually inundated with enquiries. To date, my count of actual clients totals a nice round thirty – not bad for six years’ work – and has included a variety of projects to include editing novels, short stories, and web articles; self-publishing paperbacks and e-books (that’s the editing, typesetting, and assisting with cover design); converting printed books with no electronic copy to Kindle! It has been an interesting, rewarding and fascinating journey, but extremely hard work for one person.
Back in 2012, I’d never worked in traditional publishing, and the only experience of editing I’d gained was as a trainee proofreader for a local vanity publishing company. Previously, my career was in different areas of IT. Having started as an accounts clerk for Thorn EMI Ferguson in in the 1980s, I worked my way through various IT-related jobs until I became a part-time lecturer at the University of Portsmouth in 1994. Four years later, I gave it up to be a stay-at-home mum. To join the dots from part-time lecturer to freelance editor, there’s my ten-year involvement in creative writing, where the transition from writer to editor seemed to happen organically.
Several courses and a reasonable amount of professional training later, I’ve learned a lot about traditional publishing and its editing methods. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, and there is always more to learn. But, as someone who works from home, I’ve been directly exposed to all that life has thrown my way. In 2013, I suffered the death of my father; in 2014, I suffered the death of a close friend and business associate; in 2016, my mother became unwell. In 2017, I suffered the death of my mother. All of this (and more) has taken its toll. Each time, I was tempted to give up editing; but the truth is, my work helped me through those unhappy events. Perhaps not entirely unexpected, then, that editing has become synonymous with heartache and sorrow. It has become a constant reminder of people, places, and a way of life that no longer exists. I’m sure this would not have happened had I been directly employed (so out of the house and with other people), or had I run a business with staff, or worked from an office (which I did try for a while…too expensive!). After some consideration, I’ve decided that it is time for a change.
Although I am not retiring from editing completely, I shall limit myself to working with existing clients. I may turn my attention to local authors; where, rather than spending my day in front of a computer screen, I can have face-to-face interaction.
For now, I shall keep this blog going. I shall also keep my website active as it contains useful information, but will remove all business-related sections. If anyone wishes to contact me, please do so via this blog. Contact details are on the right.
Thank you for your interest, and keep writing! 🙂