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Monday, April 4, 2011

Copy-editor on the Prowl

I just accepted my first job as a copy-editor.

It's quite exciting! When I took my first editing class in college, I HATED it. I thought it was so meticulous and mind-numbing! And yet, I did quite well. My professor was also a member of FARMS, (Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies), and he offered me an internship. I turned it down. I could not imagine doing editing for a job.

And then I graduated college, and one couldn't be picky about jobs. There was an editing position available for the BYU-Television magazine, and I needed money. So I applied and got the job. I felt like a total liar for even applying.

Low and behold, I LOVED it.

I don't know what was different between learning about editing and actually doing editing. But it suddenly made me realize an entire different career option. In fact, I didn't even think about writing; I wanted to be an editor.

As I reflect on this, I realize how lucky it is to be able to do both. The perfect set of jobs.

And I am now open for business. I guess I'm a freelance copy-editor. I'm doing line-edits for a small press (yippee!), and I'll post some rates on a tab on the blog, in case anyone else is interested. (If you compare my rates to the going rates, you'll see I'm not very expensive. But that will probably change over the next few months!)

14 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

That's so exciting Tamara! Looks like amazing things are definitely here and I think you're very deserving! Congratulations! I'm so glad you get to do something you love!!!

I think a copy-editor is a fabulous job (if I was one who knew how to edit).

You've done so fabulous! You're my inspiration :)

Gregg said...

I would love to get paid to read. Especially if it were in a theological publishing house. Even then some terrible dribble would have to be read. Yes, there are bad books even in the theological realm. Congrats on your copy editor job. If you need an assistant, I am looking for a job!
Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Rebecca said...

Congratulations! That is something I'm considering doing . . . in twenty years or so. There's too much going on with homeschooling and my own writing to consider anything else, at present! But I bet it will be a fun job for you!

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

Well done you!

best
F

Cathy Witbeck said...

I'd consider editing, if I could spell. Bwhahaha.

Ann Best said...

That's awesome, Tamara. Congratulations!
Ann Best, Long Journey Home

Hillary said...

Sounds fun! Congrats!

Catherine Ensley said...

Congrats on having your own copy-editing business. I'll know where to come when I need it. I'm happy to follow you.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm sure excited about it!

Ralene said...

Wow! What fun...I know that you will excel at this. You always did such great reviews in the YA group. :) So...do you give discounts to long time crit friends? lol...

Stephanie Black said...

Congrats, Tamara!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

thanks everyone!

Ralene---let me know what you're needing and probably!

Talli Roland said...

How wonderful, Tamara - congrats! I'm sure you'll be fab.

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