For a while now, I have given you an abundance of detailed advice on character creation and development, writing and editing, and how to best market your book after publication, but I rarely talk about...well, me.
When I edit your manuscripts, it's all about you and your amazing story.
When I create an online course (you can check them out here!), I have writers like you in mind.
And when I write a new blog post, I always think about how best to help you.
So today, I'm going to wriggle out of my hermit shell and talk about something I rarely discuss - how I became a book editor and proofreader, and what made me launch Stand Corrected Editing.
Well, my story isn't really that interesting, so I apologise in advance if I bore you so much that you never return (but please don't go). That wouldn't be good for my business, would it? :p
Anyway, about a year ago now, I took yet another stroll around my local library, made yet another cup of tea to make myself look busy, and slumped into my chair at my messy desk as I desperately wondered what I could actually do with my degree.
Don't get me wrong, I loved working as a library assistant, especially before I transferred to a new one that offered more hours. Organising fun events for the children and chatting to my favourite customers always kept me cheerful, but...I wanted something more. I wanted something I could be truly passionate about, something I could be excited to do every day, and something I could call my own.
So, one weekend, I bounded home with a dazzling idea I had to pursue - to start my own business as an editor!
Now, I know what you're thinking - you just randomly decided to become an editor just like that? Without any training?
Well, yes and no.
Editing and proofreading is something I have always enjoyed doing, even more so than writing. Constructing my own written work can feel so daunting at times, but I love, love, LOVE editing the work of others, which I used to do for my university's student publishing house.
After my lovely boyfriend encouraged me to pursue a career as an editor, I spent months learning EVERYTHING I could about how to become a great one who can provide value to writers. So, on top of my English degree, I took multiple online courses that specialised in different types of editing, both free and paid; I signed up for several email courses, classes, workshops and newsletters created by professional editors; I read piles of books about how to self-edit, line edit, copy edit, proofread and developmental edit a manuscript; books that taught correct grammar and punctuation, books that help you master the act of showing, not telling; I read so many articles and listened to countless podcasts and YouTube videos...I even hired a professional editor for my book at a top literary consultancy to see how a real editor works.
You may think that doing all this is a little extreme because technically, anyone can be an editor these days, but as you have probably noticed, I haven't worked as a paid editor at a magazine, newspaper or publishing house or anything like you'd expect - I have only volunteered at my university's student house while I studied a few years ago.
Unlike a lot of other people, I don't live in a massive city, or anywhere near London, so it would have been impossible for me to physically shadow a real editor at a magazine press or a publishing house, because where I live, there aren't any. I had to rely on the fantastic resources the experts create for people like us, but that's okay! :)
In a way, I'm glad that I became an editor and launched Stand Corrected Editing in the way that I did - if I had taken a different route, I may not have worked with the amazing writers I've had the pleasure to work with, and I may not have received these heart-warming reviews! Take a look at my favourites below!
If you want to be like me and become an editor and proofreader yourself, why not start here?
And if you're a writer and would like me to edit your manuscript, I'd be more than happy to help you! Please feel free to take a look at my editorial packages here!
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Hey! I'm Chelsea and I'm the book editor and proofreader at Stand Corrected Editing, my independent literary consultancy in the UK. I help passionate writers and authors to get their novels ready for literary agents or self-publishing.
In weekly blog posts, online courses and daily Instagram posts, I hope to spread my knowledge and expertise on how to make your novel a success, and be a mentor to others who desperately want to pursue a fruitful career as an author!
Let me ask you something...
Do you seriously want to pursue your passion of writing and publishing books people actually want to read?
Are you currently planning, writing, or editing your manuscript?
Are you ready to become a successful author?