I’m Cary, a freelance editor who loves her job.
Here are five things you need to know about me and my blog.
#1: My blog used to be called Write Like Rowling.
I decided to renovate the site because so much has changed in my life since I first started blogging back in 2012.
Since then I have:
- completed several editing courses;
- interned for a top-notch book editing firm;
- mentored students at my high school alma mater;
- contributed to two writing books (here and here);
- been listed as one of Writer’s Digest‘s 101 Best Websites for Writers;
- and started up my own editing business (interested? e-mail me!).
Don’t get my wrong. I’ll still be talking about Rowling (once a Potter fan, always a Potter fan), but I’m so happy I made the change because . . .
#2: The Friendly Editor is what I wish I’d had when I was first starting out.
I wish I’d had a friendly next-door editor . . . someone I could pop by and talk to about anything writer-ish, someone who had survived the mistakes and was willing to share her insights. We’d sit on the porch and chat about craft or motivation or fears or whatever was inspiring or interesting about the writing life.
And in my imagination this friendly editor lived next door because . . .
#3: The Interweb kind of creeps me out. (Yes, I said “Interweb.”)
I have a difficult time with the share-all mentality of social media. (I know, I sound like a paranoid old lady!)
On the other hand, I’ve loved the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made because of this blog, and I very much want to keep meeting more wonderful writers, but without feeling exposed to millions of outside prying eyes.
Hence . . . (yes, I said “hence”)
#4: The Friendly Editor is just a front for all the secret e-mails I send to my e-mail subscribers.
I do still update this blog (albeit somewhat infrequently and very sporadically), but my heart is in the personal e-mails I send to my subscribers (although I hate the word “subscribers,” like I’m trying to sell you mops or something).
These e-mails are where all the happenings happen. It’s where I share all the stuff I wish I had known back then, and the stuff I’m still figuring out now, like:
- what to look for when hiring a freelance editor;
- how an editor can tell if an author is a first-timer;
- whether to self-publish or traditionally publish;
- the most common grammatical mistakes (and how avoiding them will save you money);
- the most important steps in building a writing career;
- the least important steps in building a writing career (surprisingly)
- . . . and on and on.
These e-mails are usually short, like a neighbor popping by to say, “Hey, have you ever thought about . . .”
And what most excites me about these e-mails is . . .
#5: When you hit “reply,” you’re sending a message directly to my personal in-box.
And that, for me, is what all this is about.
- I love making new friends (real ones, not the social media I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine kind of friends).
- I love helping fellow writers, paying it forward for all those people who have selflessly helped me along my way.
- And above all, I love being surrounded by motivated, optimistic, inspiring people who are chasing their dreams.
If these five things resonate with you, sign up below for my mailing list (and send me a hello while you’re at it!).