Editorial Values Statement

Editorial Experience


Technical Editing

Kairos A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy                                                                       2016

  • Created HTML metadata
  • Edited metadata
  • Keyword creation

Intern ship with Arts Partnership                                                                                      2015

  • Created news letters, press releases, flyers and programs for events
  • General clerical duties

“From the Writer’s Kitchen Literary Magazine”                                                                  2014

  • Read submissions
  • Edited submissions
  • Helped format the magazine
  • Worked in distribution

Advanced Level II Tutor Certification

Johnson County Community College Writing Center                                                        2008-10

  • Tutored students in all stages of the writing process in multiple genres including technical writing, essays, and creative writing.
  • Proofread students’ works for content, grammar, and spelling.
  • Worked a great deal with international students of all languages and cultures.

Philosophy

A good editor has a knowledgeable opinion and can communicate that opinion and criticism about a work in a professional, practical, and inspiring way. They are fearless and work as though expecting the same from clients. As an editor, I expect clients to trust in my knowledge of the field and also in what is successful currently. Likewise, it is an editor’s responsibility to be knowledgeable and well-informed, using her intellect and research to discover these truths so to better inform her author and the editing process. For this an editor must exhibit certain traits always attended to.

Thick skin and a kind mouth. An editor expects her clients to be prepared for feed back, criticism, and even correction and advice. In this way, an editor must also be prepared to have specific discourse over her choices of criticism. An editor must never imply a correction or change without a reason. Thus, an editor must be well-spoken in oral arts and prepare before hand what she will say to her clients. She must also solicit such responses from her client in a well-mannered way if the client refuses the advice. For this, the editor must be humble as well as kind.

Knowledge and good research skills. An editor must never speak from opinion unless the client specifically solicits for a personal quote. An editor should never say the words “I don’t know”. As an editor, it is our job to make our clients work the best it can be. This means finding out and informing our clients. However, we are not our clients research assistants. An editor must know, however, how to find out if a claim in an author’s work is valid and truthful or not.

An understanding of when to apply certain knowledge and when it might not be needed. Communication is vital in all stages of the editorial process. This also means the editor’s communication with herself. She must be discerning when giving advice and correction. She must assess the situation and the topic and goal at hand and make informed, good decisions based on all factors, including her client’s psychological mindset and personal goals at the time.

As an editor, I value my role as the catalyst and mediator between the author and the audience, who is ultimately our master. My job is to make the author’s piece as appealing and communicative to their audience as possible. When editing a text, it is vital to keep the audience in mind. As an author, I hope my clients realize that the audience is who we are both working for. I suggest edits and modifications with that final eye in mind.

I am also a reader and a writer. This plays a role into my editorial work. As a reader, I understand what I would want to read and how I want to feel when experiencing a composition. As I writer, I understand the editing processes from that side. I have been edited and critiqued. I know the feelings and emotions that come with it, the desire to defend my work. This lets me be able to relate to the author and see their side of things. But as an editor, I can mix all three and make a powerful viewpoint. I can put on each individual hat to experience the composition and ultimately make an informed decision.

My personality therefore also plays a role in my editing and the kinds of compositions I like to edit and find my strengths in. I am a creative, expressive, passionate person. I love compositions that push boundaries, ask deep, hard to answer questions. I believe that the author’s most powerful weapon is putting themselves in their writing. Putting their ideas, passions, and deepest thoughts into their writing makes for the best compositions. These are ideals I believe in with all of my heart. I am drawn to these pieces.

Fantasy and magic have many forms and I am open to all of these forms. Even forms I have not seen before. As such, it is my goal as an editor to help authors make the most of their amazing, magical ideas. As a second pair of eyes, I will be an advisor and a resource of brainstorming and inspiration.

I give feedback to authors via comments on an electronic manuscript and in letter-form. Please do not inquire about hard-copies. I do not attempt to give a balance of positive and negative feedback and ideas. I am honest but polite and I respect authors and their visions. I value their workflow and process and will do my utmost to not have them compensate. As a writer, I understand the need for your own process.

 

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