My Editing Story
After earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing, I knew I wanted to work in the book world. Before launching my editorial business in 2013, I worked at a literary consultancy as a writer and editor. I also worked as a content editor for a leading digital marketing agency.
I currently work part-time for a traditional publisher in North Carolina as an editor and copywriter. I also freelance as an editor, helping clients—independent authors, publishers, editorial agencies, and businesses—refine their work while remaining true to their stories and creative insights.
I wouldn’t be where I am today in my editing career without (1) the editing community and (2) continued education, including the following courses.
Basic Manuscript Editing, University of Chicago Graham School
Intermediate Manuscript Editing, University of Chicago Graham School
Essentials of Grammar, University of Chicago Graham School
Editing Electronically, University of Chicago Graham School
Children’s Literature, University of North Texas, Denton
Copyediting and Proofreading, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
Editing Fiction I, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
Editing Fiction II, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network
Developmental Editing, Author-Editor Clinic
The Business of Freelance Developmental Editing, Author-Editor Clinic
I am currently pursuing my Editing certificate at the University of Chicago Graham School (one class to go!). I am a contributing member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network (Christian PEN) and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).
I truly enjoy playing a small part in unraveling redemptive and authentic words in other writers’ stories.
As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
My philosophy as an editor is to bring out the very best in a writer’s work, making it tighter, richer, and more approachable to readers. I am committed to preserving a writer’s style and voice, helping clients refine their words or story elements so the manuscript clearly resonates with readers.
Maxwell Perkins, famous and beloved literary editor, said it best when reflecting on the profession with other editors:
“An editor does not add to a book. At best he serves as a handmaiden to an author. Don’t ever get to feeling important about yourself, because an editor at most releases energy. A writer’s best work comes entirely from himself . . . because in the end an editor can only get as much out of an author as the author has in him.”
Want to Work with Me?
Contact me at hello[at]molliereads[dot]com and let’s chat.