Editor: Tamira K. Butler-Likely Company: Likely Write Editing # of years in editing: 15 years.
Tell us a little about yourself, including how you got started as an editor?
My background is in biological sciences and I spent 14 years working in different laboratories. A part of research is writing and editing protocols for reproducibility. That expanded to editing papers and scientific articles during journal clubs, which then expanded to other areas.
What is your area of focus and why did you select this niche?
I don't have one specific area of focus. I edit science materials because my background is in biological sciences. I also edit novels in the urban, romance, and sci-fi genres because those are things that I enjoy
Walk us through a typical workday. How do you manage your time?
My day starts with a to-do list in my planner. I usually have a specific amount of time dedicated toward different projects, based on the deadlines for those projects. I don't spend more than four hours on one given project a day, just to be sure I don't overload myself. I usually confine my work hours between 10 am and 4 pm, so that I can spend time with my family.
What is your favorite thing about being an editor?
My favorite thing about being an editor is the freedom. I make my own schedule so I get work/life balance. I love that I'm not restricted to sitting at a desk. I can take my laptop and sit on my deck or on the couch to get work done.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently editing and developing science curriculum materials.
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting their career as an editor?
Be open to different types of assignments as you find your niche. Make sure you advertise yourself and your skills. Network and never stop learning. Attend conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.