"When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it. " ~Wislawa Szymborska, Poems New and Collected
Why I edit
I became a freelance editor to put my love of the English language to work. I want to help self-published authors put out the best work that they can. I don't want to see an author's reputation go downhill due to poor editing. Many times, it is very difficult for an author to edit their own work. They rely on feedback from friends and family and unfortunately, it is not always an honest reaction that they receive back. I pride myself in giving honest feedback and suggestions to, not change what the author has written, but to make it the very best that it can be.
I've been an avid reader all my life. I read everything I can get my hands on from books to magazines, cereal boxes to shampoo bottles. If it has words, I read it. I have always loved the classics and even enjoyed the "required" reading while I was in school. Like every reader, I do have my favorite authors but I love discovering new writers and I seem to find more everyday.
With technology booming and ereaders being more popular than ever, I have discovered many new authors that are self-published and many of them have made their way to my favorites list. Unfortunately, many of these same authors are at the mercy of the public. With so many reading options, and even more new authors, readers have the ability to be very choosy in what they read and what they spend their money on. Grammatical errors and typos can have a significant impact on book sales and the author's reputation.
I have chosen to become a freelance editor to give deserving authors a shot at their turn in the spotlight before readers start to shut them out. Authors put their heart and soul into their work and I don't want their efforts to be in vain. Amongst these self-published authors, it's very possible that we may have the next Herman Melville, Kurt Vonnegut or Stephen King.