Tell us a little about yourself, including how you got started as an editor?
While attending grad school at NYU, I worked as a web production editor for magazines like Newsweek and Cosmopolitan. After that, I spent five years as a digital editor at Martha Stewart before I transitioned to freelancing.
What is your area of focus and why did you select this niche?
My area of focus is copyediting and proofreading craft books. My experience at Martha Stewart is one reason I selected the niche. I have been a crafter for many years, and my love of crafts like knitting combined well with my editing experience. I love getting a new craft book and seeing what creative new projects designers are working on.
Walk us through a typical workday. How do you manage your time?
I'm constantly looking for more effective ways to manage my time. I try to do the most challenging editing in the morning since that's when I feel more productive. I take breaks and try to incorporate some kind of physical activity into my day. I've been working through a thirty-day yoga challenge this month.
What is your favorite thing about being an editor?
Every book I work on is inspiring. I love seeing what authors and designers are doing with their talents.
What is your biggest challenge and how do you work through this?
My biggest challenge is taking days off. I have to constantly remind myself that vacation days have so many benefits, including increasing productivity on the days I am working.
What are you currently working on?
I just completed a crochet doll book and an innovative knitting book that was unlike anything I've ever edited. I wish I could tell you more!
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting their career as an editor?
Networking is one of the most powerful tools you have. Use it to find interesting projects, make friends, and commiserate.