Word Nerd Edits – My New Editing Business!

You may have noticed I haven’t been posting very regularly lately. And a big part of that is because I’ve been working very hard to get my new editing business of the ground! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I finally took that step. I’m so excited that it’s a real thing, and I can help other people by doing something I love.

Why did I start an editing business? Because I felt like it. Kidding. There are actually a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is that my dream is to support myself doing something I truly love. You might know I earned a masters in English and creative writing, and one thing I learned during that process is that I kind of like editing more than actually writing. I was completely surprised by how much I love it. It’s so fulfilling to help other people make their writing better. I know how hard it can be to edit your own work (personally, I hate having to edit my own work), and why not use something I’m actually good at AND enjoy to help other people follow their dreams? That’s kind of a no-brainer.

Another major reason is that I live in California, and my current full-time job at a great company sadly doesn’t pay enough for me to live here (the pay is good, just not for California). I needed to find another way to support myself. My dream is that this one day turns into a full-time job, because I don’t want to be an assistant forever. Also, I need money to buy books (duh). But for now, I just need something on the side to pay rent. And if I can pay my student loans using the degree I got them for, even better.

So, currently, between my full-time job, this new business (figuring out all the logistics of freelancing is a lot of work), and trying to read and blog, I’m probably averaging around eighty hours of work each week (blogging counts, if you’re a blogger, you know). And it’s not easy. Unfortunately, Adventures of the Bibliophile is getting the short end of the stick at the moment, but I’m working on figuring out how best to manage everything without burning myself out. That may mean I’m posting a little less, but I have absolutely no intention of giving up this blog. I love it, and am so appreciative of all of you and the support you’ve given me over the years.

If you want to check out my editing business go to WordNerdEdits.com to find out more! And I would be eternally grateful if any of you shared Word Nerd Edits with your friends or readers. I know how amazing the book blogging community is, so do your thing (pretty please).

Right now, I’m offering a 15% discount to anyone who mentions Adventures of a Bibliophile – you’re my biggest supporters, and I want to return the favor. And your first chapter is free – whether or not you decide to use me as an editor, so send them my way! Just email stephanie@wordnerdedits.com. (I’m also available to edit blog posts – just putting it out there.)

Again, thank you so much for all of your support! I really appreciate your patience while I get this going. Adventures of a Bibliophile is not going anywhere. But hopefully Word Nerd Edits is.

Thank you!

Stephanie

30 thoughts on “Word Nerd Edits – My New Editing Business!

  1. Best of luck with the editing business! I did freelance writing for 6 months and managed to make a living out of it, so it can be done! But it’s really hard work.

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    1. Thanks! That’s good to hear! I’m prepared to put in the hard work for this to pay off, because I’d rather work harder as an editor than be an assistant forever. So hopefully it works.

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      1. In my experience it absolutely can do. And it can lead to more formal jobs in editing or freelancing, or sort of longer term contracts. But I do sympathise with the hours you must be putting in!

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        1. Thanks! Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of editing jobs where I live, but I’m happy with freelancing. I like the idea of working for myself. Just hoping I can give up my full-time job someday.

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          1. I think that’s the dream for us all! When I was freelancing I got offered full time long term contracts, so the jobs do exist even if they’re remote. I wish you all the best with it!!

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  2. Congratulations on getting your editing business up and running, Stephanie. I really hope all your efforts with it pay off and it turns into something great for you. 🙂

    It’s something I’ve toyed with doing at various points too… but I’m much too clueless on the important legal/financial side of setting up as a freelancer part-time so I never plucked up the courage!

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    1. Thanks so much! I had the same problem, but figured I just had to bite the bullet and do it. Researching all the business stuff took forever, and it’s pretty confusing, but thankfully a few people in my family have started their own freelance businesses, so I could grill them on it. It’s hard work, but I’m hoping it’s worth it!

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  3. Congrats on this new venture. I’m an editor for a newspaper and I love it. I too was surprised by how much I liked it. I do miss reporting and writing for the paper but that is why I started blogging. So I get the best of both worlds. 😁

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  4. Awesome! This is so exciting! I just need a proofreading project for my work and found that I loved it! I will definitely keep you in mind if I ever decide to try and write 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m hoping to work primarily with novels or creative nonfiction (memoirs, etc.), though I’m open to anything right now. And I’m basically providing the editing services that come with a publishing house for people who want to self-publish or fine-tune their book before submitting to a publisher or agent. I think a big problem with self-publishing is often the lack of editors, so I’m hoping to fill that role. They send me their work, I send back detailed edits. I’m offering different forms of editing, depending on what’s needed. I’ve done this a lot in grad school and college (I once edited my professor’s history book in lieu of taking the final), but I’m just starting to do it professionally.

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  5. Congratulations on starting your new business! I also went to school for writing and English and realized along the way that I prefer editing. I started freelancing a couple years ago and love it! If you ever have any questions, feel free to message me. By the way, I checked out your website and it looks very professional. Good luck!

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