PEN Membership Level

Gold

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

I started editing because I needed to hire one for my manuscript but couldn’t afford to—I’d spent my budget on the wrong editor and didn’t get much help from her work. I searched for editing organizations and found The Christian PEN. I joined immediately, but it took a couple of years before I got involved and started taking classes. I’ve been seriously editing for ten years.

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

My specialty is fiction substantive edits, though I edit some nonfiction too. I focused on substantive edits because it was what I needed, and it turned out I enjoyed it (I also wasn’t too bad at it). I’m also a pretty terrible proofreader and mediocre copyeditor because I’ll overlook issues if the story’s enjoyable.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I do my best work in the morning, so I try to do my most mentally challenging work then. I usually check social media so I can respond to things, but I try not to post until the afternoon or evenings (because I’m not able to concentrate as well then, but I don’t need to for social media content). Other than that, every day’s a bit different. I have several coaching clients and am involved in several local organizations, so I have meetings throughout the week. I do always take Saturdays off (no editing) though.

How do you manage your time?

Not very well! I thrive in a structured environment, so setting my own schedule is incredibly difficult. Using a day planner helps a ton. I can’t stand not crossing things off my to-do list, so using one daily keeps me focused.

What is your favorite thing about being an editor?

The variety. No two days are ever the same, and I can work in my office if I want or take my work to the coffee shop.

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

An inconsistent work schedule can be hard. Some months you’re swamped, other months you have lots of time to clean your house. My faith gets me through the busy and slow times. When I keep my eyes on God and not my work schedule, it puts everything in the proper perspective.

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

Take some time to learn, not just about editing (because there’s more to it than understanding grammar), but about the publishing industry and running a business. I’ve seen excellent editors fail because they struggled with the business side of things (which includes finding and maintaining clients).

What are you currently working on?

I’m rebranding my business to focus more on coaching and mentoring, as I’m working with clients on more than just writing their books. I do still have editing clients, though, and I’ve just released my first nonfiction book: How to Edit Your Novel: Practical Tips for Strengthening Your Story.

Where can we find you online or on social media?

 


About Karin

Owner of Write Now Editing, Karin Beery is a published author and editor with experience in traditional and self-publishing, freelance editing, and editing for publishers. She is an active member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. When she’s not editing or teaching, she’s writing—her first nonfiction book, How to Your Novel: Practical Tips for Strengthening Your Story, released November 2023.


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