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How did you get your start as an editor, and how long have you been editing?

I am new to formal editing, but for many years, I have been handed memos, documents, and brochures at work to look over and correct. I have taken many TPI classes over the last year and feel I am well equipped to dive into the world of editing and proofreading.

What are your areas of focus, and why did you select them?

Because of so many amazing instructors at TPI, I am excited about several areas of focus. I feel a particular pull toward devotionals as well as children’s and young adult books. The content and pacing of children’s and YA books are exciting to me. I recently realized I would be a great editor for cookbooks as well. I am an excellent cook and baker with solid knowledge about techniques and necessary cooking details.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I am currently employed full-time in medicine as an x-ray tech and work on my editing career in the evenings. I hope to cut back on that job as I get more work as an editor.

How do you manage your time?

I have been busy taking classes while working full-time at the hospital. Typically, I spend a couple hours at the computer after supper.

What is your favorite thing about being an editor?

When I edit, I am relaxed and happy. I get to read, research, and use my brain in a completely different way.

What is your biggest challenge in being an editor, and how do you work through this?

Getting work. I am working on a social media presence, but it is not easy for me. I am contacting publishers and attending book fairs to meet authors and hand out business cards. I attended one writers’ conference and intend to do more as well as PENCON. I have full confidence that God set me on this path and will not leave me hanging.

What advice do you have for someone who is just starting their career as an editor?

If you feel this is where God wants you to be, then let him guide you and don’t give up. He never promised his path would be easy.

What are you currently working on?

I recently signed with Elk Lake Publishing as a freelance editor, and I await my first assignment. I met a chef/author at a book fair who expressed interest in having me edit her upcoming cookbook. I would be delighted to do it. I did turn down one job due to R-rated content.

Where can people find you online or on social media?

About Gwen Hubbell

Gwen is an Iowa farmgirl with a passion for reading, outdoor activities, and cooking. She became interested in editing as a youth and finally, through doors only God could open, is pursuing her dream. She has two grown boys and hopes for many grandchildren to come.


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