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!)