Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A New Venture in an Old Calling

After years of wondering why I can spot errors in other people's writing that professional editors have missed, I'm trying my hand at the editing business. What could be better than telling someone he's wrong and having him pay me for it, right?

Don't get me wrong: I don't have a sadistic streak, nor do I get a thrill out of lording it over people that I just may be grammatically smarter than they are. Good grammar, correct spelling, and most things related to the written word are just things that come naturally to me. If I've proofread a document of any type, it makes me feel good to know someone's work will be taken seriously because it's as error-free as possible.

I'm a little nervous about starting something new. After all, what if I put my work out there and someone says it's not very good? What if my blog entries have typos? (Good grief, the irony . . .)

None of those doubts matter. I'm doing it and I'm going to work hard to be good at it. My first job is already underway, in fact, with a newer author who was willing to take a chance on me.  I'll post a link to her book when it's finished, and will hope for a distinct lack of criticism.  :)

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