Cover of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, art by William Nicholson.
My post for this Fall quarter is about how proud I am–shockingly–that I’m a “real” professional developmental editor as well as copyeditor now. It makes all the difference that someone else has decided I am. I guess that’s what counts as “real” for me. It’s also what’s so shocking: I’ve been writing, translating, editing and proofreading all my adult life! And suddenly, one woman at the head of her own smallish publishing house hires me and I feel “real,” like the Velveteen Rabbit.
Some of this is internalized oppression and just plain silly: I always was a book coach (read: developmental editor) and language artist. I don’t really need anyone else to tell me I was a special snowflake.
But I like someone else telling me I am! There is something insecurity-producing about being a special snowflake to people who love you–yourself, your mom, your friends, even your clients whom you recruited through your own efforts.
There is concomitantly security-producing about being a special snowflake to someone who–well, isn’t your mom. Although she is much easier to work for than my mom would have been, rest her soul.
Suffice to say in closing I am very happy and have the best of both worlds. I can recruit this way, through my own website and I can work for Lisa Akoury-Ross of SDP Publishing. I can meet new friends to help + old friends to help in in new ways through my own outreach but I am also “real” to a whole bunch of new folks now because Lisa has faith in my efforts–and she gives me really interesting books to work on! PS: If you are a writer and want the hands-on, personal support of a superb small house, you should check out SDP Publishing. Just sayin’.
Thanks for reading, and visiting me here!