It all started when my grandfather, best selling author and noted academic translator E.B. Garside, sat me down near his desk at the newspaper he managed and had me pick out grammatical errors in articles before they went to print - I was fourteen years old. By the time I was in college, I made money typing other students' papers and theses after first correcting the written copy. I also had my own by-line in my college newspaper, as well as in a small newspaper in the small Mississippi town we lived in at the time.
I have worked as a copy editor for a graphic design house, been a letter writer for more than one boss, and even wrote a training manual for a company in whose accounting department I worked for over a decade.
When the arthritis in my neck demanded a career change, I took some time off and re-evaluated. I'd tutored on and off for years, so it was no surprise when a friend talked me into interviewing for a Language Arts teaching position at a local middle school. For the next five years I taught 7th and 8th graders how to write and graded/edited countless essays, paragraphs, and research papers. Unfortunately, the stress and extreme hours sent my arthritis into overdrive and II had to reevaluate my options—again.
Eighteen months later, my computer died and I bought my very first Kindle - a 7" Kindle Fire - and my world changed. I discovered indie authors and joined my first street team. I wrote a scathing review of a book because it was so poorly edited. The author sent me a message and we discussed the details. At the end of the conversation she asked how much I would charge to help her. I was flummoxed. I'd been marking up books as a beta reader and never once considered ever digging in and really editing a book.
And so it began, my new venture.
Six years later and over one hundred books under my belt, I continue to build my client base while increasing my knowledge of the industry as a whole.
Get in touch
Please email or message me if you would like to discuss booking services.
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts - 1983
Activities & Affiliations
Member, Editorial Freelancers Association
Owner and operator of The Chronic Romantic and Garside's Book Bets blogs
"Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, 'How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?' and avoid 'How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?'"~ James Thurber