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This year, we’ve been highlighting the amazing writers and editors that enable Paradise Writing to provide bespoke service to clients around the corner or across the globe. Today we are excited for you to meet Lauren, the very first member to join our team.
Note: “A Day in the Life of…” is a series on the Paradise Writing blog where people from all walks of life, across the United States, graciously pull back the curtain to give readers an insider look at their professions, hobbies, and lifestyles. Whether you are looking to change professions or just curious, this series is for you! Let us know what you think in the comments below, and if you want to contribute a guest post, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
A Day in the Life of a Copyeditor
1. What is your job title?
Copyeditor or just editor
2. How long have you been doing this work?
I have been doing this since 2017
3. Why did you choose this work?
I have always loved writing and reading is one of my greatest passions and this job brings both of those together!
4. What, if any, skills or training is required or sought out?
I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in creative writing however it is not necessary to have these degrees for this position. You must have strong attention to detail and exceptional spelling and grammar.
5. What does a typical day entail for you?
There really is not a typical day for me since I do not work a normal 9-5 in an office setting. I do set “office hours” for myself to be available to my clients and work however my days are pretty flexible. I try to carve out portions of the day to dedicate to just working but with three kids also at home, things do not always go to plan.
6. What do you feel are the pros of this work?
There are so many pros with this line of work. It is flexible, you can work as much or as little as you would like, you can work essentially wherever you would want to, and there isn’t a cap to your earning potential.
7. What do you feel are the cons of this work?
There are cons, however. There is not any income guaranteed with being a freelance editor as well as there are no health or retirement benefits.
8. Would you recommend this work to others? Why?
I would recommend this line of work to anyone who loves to read and write. It is just a fun job and being able to work with writers from all walks of life is very rewarding.
9. If someone was interested in this work, what are the first steps they should take?
They should first figure out what their niche is. Do they want to edit fiction, nonfiction, websites, technical documents, etc. From there, they can create their “brand” and begin to network with prospective clients. I would also recommend doing a fair amount of research.
10. Finally, which experience from this work stands out most to you?
A great learning opportunity that has come from this line of work is being able to take certification courses on book publishing, which I find fascinating.
What is a day in your life like? Comment below or contact us to contribute!