I’m the editor for an indie author who has 41 books/series listed on Amazon.
I’m the editor for an indie author whose day job is writing – it’s not a side hustle.
I’m the editor for my husband.
I used to feel embarrassed saying that.
I felt it took away some of the kudos of having secured a prolific author client.
And that, for Jon, hiring me to edit his work made it look like he wasn’t taking his author journey seriously.
I know it could be seen like that. But it’s not.
My biggest client is my husband. I’m proud to say that.
It’s a matter of skillset (I have it), efficiency (it makes sense) and logistics (Jon being registered blind has an impact here.)
Skillset: I’ve trained. I have worked through four courses offered by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and I am currently working on a fifth. It’s not a case of let-my-English-teacher-wife-read-my-work. I know my stuff.
Efficiency: We’ve got a good assembly line going on here. I know when he’s finishing a draft. He knows my schedule. He writes when I am working for external clients. When I edit his stuff, he’s working on the outline for his next book. Ad infinitum.
Logistics: As a blind indie author, Jon struggles when his manuscripts are returned from other proofreaders and editors. He wants the control of Track Changes but it’s not really workable as a method for him. He knows the kinds of things I will change in his manuscripts and I have the green light to do that. And if I want to query something, he’s working at his standing desk at the other side of the room so whatever the issue is can be easily remedied.
I trained to support him and then I caught the bug.
I love my time spent doing syntactic pruning. And I want to do more of it.
From September, I’ll be doing two days a week at the chalkface where I will continue my long-standing role deconstructing writer’s craft and word-wrangling teenagers’ creative efforts in the classroom.
But the other three days will be devoted to editing.
And I will have availability to help more indie authors achieve the success enjoyed by Jon.
Want me to do your book?
Contact me for a free 1000-word sample edit which I’ll use to form an accurate quote for your manuscript.