Crystal Shelley

Running for board seat at-large


About your work: I'm a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and sensitivity reader who works with fiction authors, and I have a focus on conscious language and representation.

How long have you been an ACES member? 1.5 years

How have you contributed to ACES: I presented a sold-out webcast on sensitivity reading and editing, wrote two articles for the Tracking Changes newsletter, and submitted pitches for ACES2021. I participate in Twitter chats and am a member of the ACES Communication Committee.

Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: ACES has emphasized diversity and inclusion, and my passion, expertise, and advocacy in this area align with this mission. As a freelance editor, I can speak to what’s relevant to many members, and as a social worker, I’d also bring a perspective outside of editing.

What you envision for ACES during your tenure: I want to continue the work that ACES has done related to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on educational offerings and efforts to recruit editors from underrepresented groups. I would also like to work toward expanding virtual education and networking opportunities, which would make events accessible to more members.

What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? I would love to see ACES expand its efforts to recruit new editors, especially from underrepresented groups. One idea is to form partnerships with editing, publishing, and journalistic organizations dedicated to the interests and advancement of marginalized groups. Other options include creating mentorship programs and working directly with schools to offer guidance and support to newer editors or those interested in becoming editors. The more diverse our members are in our personal identities, fields of interest, and experiences, the richer our organization will be.

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