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On the off-chance that there are still some people in the world who I have not announced this to, let me first say, I’m a new Senior Editor at Anaiah Press! As you can imagine, I’m ridiculously thrilled about this new position. In fact, I’m so excited that it still barely registers as being real. I seem to be pre-empting all of my statements with small disclaimers:
- I think…
- I’m rather certain…
- It seems that…
- It sounded like…
- I’m pretty sure that…
- From what I can tell, …
When good things happen sometimes the most alarming realization that takes place is how much you’ve doubted yourself. Or at least that’s what I’ve found to be true for me.
Making Friends and Influencing People
As an editor, I get to be that prick that pops a lot of balloons—or at least that’s how it seems sometimes. Some writers are of the rare breed where they actually like being corrected and learning to better their craft. For the most part, though, we writers are rather bull-headed and think we already offer the best there is to be found in the world of written words (short of the Bible, of course).
Some say that if you want to know who you are as a person, ask multiple friends and acquaintances to describe you in one or two words. Well, I haven’t done that, but I have gone back and looked for a common theme in the comments I receive from clients.
“Tactful” and “comprehensive” are two words that show up time and time again. Of course, my favorite response was still from my (now good friend) Elena, when she said (I’m paraphrasing), “You’re such a likeable person. I don’t think anyone could ever hate you . . . Trust me—I tried.” The last part of the quote was in reference to my editing of her book. My point is that I think finding the right approach with writers is one of the most important characteristics of being an editor.
Those two common words above were again used in the response I got back regarding why I was being added as part of the team of editors at Anaiah Press.
Here to Help – Not Hinder
So, why have I doubted myself?
One of the main reasons I became a freelance editor in the first place was to help people. Clients always seemed pleased once everything was squared away and they had a grammatically and stylistically healthy manuscript in front of them, but in the back of my mind there was always that burning question, “Did I help them enough?” “Am I really good at what I’m doing, or should I just let them find someone else?”
Well, after my response from Anaiah, I no longer have all that hidden self-doubt. As a result, I am going to be much more confident offering to help writers finalize their manuscripts.
One Introvert Made Extrovert
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’m still an introvert in “real” life, but as for my professional, online career, I’m going to have much more of a go-get-‘em attitude.
I know what I have to offer and that it is of great value, and since I’ve always kept my rates at the bottom of the professional editor cost continuum, I know that I’m offering a heck of a value for a low price tag. That makes me feel much less guilty about asking to get paid for my services.
I mean, I absolutely cannot tell you guys how wonderful this all feels–to finally know that I’ve been aiming towards the right career goal. When I first got started as a paralegal, it was always with an air of trepidation in everything I did. It was a skill I wanted, was told I had by professors and attorneys, but never quite felt confident with. Yet, the path to professional paralegal was always the place I thought I would end up having my career (though law school has never entirely become out of the question).
While I never saw myself giving up editing as an online business, I also never thought I would get to say that I was a Senior Editor for a real, traditional book publishing company. Now I can!
As soon as I have all the details ironed out, I’ll let all of you know how you can submit to Anaiah Press. In the mean-time, I do want to let you know that I am still taking freelance editing clients. E-mail me at wordsmith [at] jessicaschmeidler [dot] com to find out the details between who should submit to Anaiah and who I will accept on a freelance basis.
In the meantime, you can expect my post topics not to change, but I will be going back through and least proofing these puppies before I hit “publish.”