September 8th, 2018
Day 7 is here. Like I said in yesterday’s post, there’s a bit of a delay, but posts are inspired by the correct days. On Saturday I was in Bucharest. My boyfriend took me on a little tour of the city and we just spent a fun time together. At one point in our conversation, we got to the fact that I sometimes work as a freelance editor. Considering my initial line of work (computer engineering), he couldn’t understand how I would like working as an editor. Well, that’s actually a pretty good question. Here are my top 4 reasons for working as an editor.
I learn new things with each paper I edit
At the moment, I edit academic papers. When I first started I only took papers from my field – IT, web, computer science, and engineering. As I got better and better, I started taking papers from other fields. I have learned so much in all this time! Some papers might require further research, others are pretty clear, but each of them is an opportunity to learn something new. Sometimes all I learn might be a different perspective on a subject I know very well.
There’s a sense of helping others
Working as an editor, especially on academic papers gives me a sense of actually helping others. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not re-writing papers of students, helping them cheat on subjects. 99% of the time I’m correcting grammar, syntax, and paper structure of non-English speaking students who, for one reason or another, need to write papers in English. The actual research and homework are their’s to make, I’m only helping them improve their paper from a grammatical point of view and even perfect their English.
Working as an editor helps me with my writing skills
Since working as an editor, I started being more aware of my own grammar mistakes and of the structure of articles or papers that I write. Needless to say, as a blogger this is very important.
It’s a very flexible job
I work only freelance, and I’m paid per paper edited. If one day I don’t want to work, I don’t. Of course, the disadvantage is there is no fixed salary and there are low seasons when the pay will be small. But at the moment I don’t consider it a full-time job, it’s something I do on the side, for fun and some extra bucks, so it is everything I want it to be. Turning it into a full-time job would be pretty easy for me at the moment, as I gained some experience.
What should you know if you consider working as an editor?
Grammar is key. And so is the flow of ideas. It does depend on what you’re editing, but these two are a must for any editor. Also, you have to be aware that in the beginning you probably won’t earn as much as you’d love.
So this wraps up my blogging everyday challenge. In the next week, I will post my conclusions and my thoughts about this challenge, so stay tuned.
Finally, I don’t want to turn this post into a pitch, but if you happen to need an editor, contact me, or leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you.