My Introduction to Editing

Hills Headshot c I worked as a research assistant to a professor at a large Midwest university who tossed editing into the mix of my responsibilities. She had to publish on a regular basis and she knew I was good with words. My skills included the basics, such as grammar and syntax, and I am detail-oriented by nature, so it was a natural fit to polish her writing and learn publishing style guides.

She referred other professors to me for their editing needs and I found my niche. I pursued training in editing because I found the work satisfying and wanted to offer the best work possible.

For 14 years I edited academic work but over time decided I prefer to edit other genres due to the power of story. I began the transition to freelancing as my editing business fit better with my desire to stay home with my children. With years of editing experience behind me, I still love to say editing is my passion.

Learning is another passion so I regularly pursue professional development by: taking courses related to writing and editing, networking with other writers and editors, and reading. I still edit for academics but I find fiction done right has the power to transport the reader to another time, another place, and even another dimension.

More About Me

My home is near Indianapolis, the “crossroads of America.”  My children are grown now and I take joy in two grandchildren. When I’m not combining fresh, whole foods into marvelous meals or struggling to learn the harp, I battle the weeds in my flower gardens.

Professional Affiliations

Besides for a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, I hold a MediaBistro certificate in editing, which helped expand my editing world to include fiction and eBooks. I belong to the Editorial Freelancers Association and Copyediting-L and am pursuing a membership in the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

What now?

Welcome to Cypress Wind. If you are ready for help to bring out the best in your writing, please check out the Services I offer.

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