How Did I Get Here?

I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I have a vivid memory of writing and illustrating a book about bears when I was just learning to write. I am pretty sure I just copied the story from another book about bears but I was so proud of myself for making a book – pages stapled together and all. It’s always been in me, the writing bug. Sometimes it gets lazy and doesn’t know what to do but it is in me all the same.

When I decided I wanted to go to college I really had no idea what I could do. In high school I had wanted to be an interior designer and once I started taking photography classes at Fullerton College I thought I wanted to major in photography. Neither of these ideas stuck obviously and I found myself finishing up an A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (i.e. I took a bunch of random classes that kinda worked out to make up a major) with no idea where to go from there. I took tests and classes to figure out what I would be good at and one of the consistent answers was ‘Author.’

During my last year at Fullerton I worked in the writing center as a tutor. I loved that job. I got to talk about writing with my peers and help them feel confident in their work.

I moved to Arizona with the goal of being a creative writing major. I have no idea what I would have done if I hadn’t gotten into the program, and I’m glad I don’t have to think about that. My first semester I was hired as a Writers Fellow which was an internship that allowed me to do much of what I did in the writing center at Fullerton but also expanded my knowledge of teaching styles. My love for helping people write grew and I was starting to see myself doing something of the sort for a living.

Thanks to the wonderful world of social media I was able to meet a fellow writer whom was in need of some help. Michael D. Thalmann sent me a message via Facebook asking me if I wanted to help edit a novel he was writing. I was weary at first, because of stranger danger and such, but also wasn’t sure if I was qualified to do such work. It was something I very much wanted to do though and knew I needed to start somewhere. He put his faith and trust in me and I helped him edit his novel Dimly, Through Glass. The experience reassured me that I wanted to help people with their writing because I love to talk about writing. After working with Michael, I helped my brother-in-law, Tim H. Swanson edit an ebook he wrote in 2013.

After graduating with my B.A. in English/ Creative Writing, I realized I didn’t have a lot of experience in the writing world. My internship in 2012 as a Writers Fellow didn’t exactly prepare me for a career in editing and because I had done that internship so early in my undergrad program I didn’t try any other internships in areas that might have benefited me. So I’ve struggled to understand and make editing part of my life again. I have read article upon article on how to get into the business and the biggest piece of advice that has stuck out is – You just have to do it. There is no special class or stepping stone that launches one into the path of copy-editing. You just have to tell the world that’s what you do and the work will find you. Which is a really terrifying leap to take when you’ve just moved to a new state and your significant other keeps giving you the side-eye every time a bill has to be paid.

Almost immediately after launching the website I was offered a proofreading gig. Not sure how much the actual site itself influenced her, but the wonderful and talented Beau North asked me if I wanted to proofread her novel Longbourn’s Songbird before she re-releases it on October 3rd (Pre-order your copy today!). My instant mental response – Um duh yes!

So here I am, back in the game! Helping writers!

Michael has also been working on some great pieces and is releasing his novel Static on September 15th which is the first book in a trilogy he is working on. He has also offered to help out my business with his cover design skills! Clients can now bring their novel to life with a custom book cover designed by Michael. Contact us for more information!




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