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Editor Talk: How to Become an Editor!

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Three tips on how to pursue a career as a freelance editor! Learn more from my website: mohrediting.com +++ Associations I joined: Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network): http://thechristianpen.com/ Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA): http://www.the-efa.org/ Society of Chidren’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): http://www.scbwi.org/ +++ Courses I took (all current education courses listed on the websites): - Copyediting and Proofreading from The Christian PEN - Editing Fiction I and Editing Fiction II from The Christian PEN - Proofreading from the EFA - Developmental Editing from the Author Editor Clinic (authoreditorclinic.com) - The Business of Freelance Developmental Editing from The AEC +++ Let's be friends! Twitter & Instagram: @molliereads Contact: [email protected] Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/molliereads
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Kat (4 days ago)
Mollie, I just found your channel while looking up how to be an editor--> subscribed! This video was very informative, but I still have some questions and was hoping for some advice. The abbreviated question is "What jobs can I do at home to build my resume for a future editing job?" Annnnd the long version: I have a degree in Exercise Science, and while I still love teaching people how to be healthy, I have recognized my passion for visual art and storytelling. I am a freelance writer, aspiring children's author and illustrator, and former homeschooling stay at home mom. I have recognized my love for reading (in fact it's one of my weaknesses as a writer, I'd rather be reading!!) I realized that I love reading so much, I might want to be an editor in the next several years. I have done free work for organizations like Blogging for Books and Online Book club, but I have yet to take a job related to editing where I am actually employed. While I have tons of other experience, this has made crafting a resume specifically geared for landing an editing related job very difficult. I would love to take some kind of job that would give me valuable experience, even if the pay was ridiculous, so I could begin to build up to a "legit" job. I have already looked into joining the SCBWI, and I will look into the other organizations. Any other advice? Thanks so much!! -Kat
Prime Captain (2 months ago)
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S Dot (2 months ago)
How is there not a comment on how beautiful this woman is!!?!?
Kitty Allen (2 months ago)
@wattclumper Nailed it,  even editors need their work edited.  You are simply to close to your own work. But, before hiring an editor get a sample edit to compare and pick the best editor. I have used freelancers and sites like HUGEOrange.com
GUAVA BEAN (3 months ago)
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Lauren Harris (4 months ago)
This is the first video of yours I've seen and this is super helpful! I'm wanting to start my own freelance editing business so I'm looking for information on how to begin. Thank you so much!
Jaz Lamport (4 months ago)
Great vid thanks! Also, its funny that your an editor and your second name is Reads, as in 'Molly reads!' which is what you do :P
Dzeljana Pusiga (5 months ago)
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I am the cat (2 months ago)
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jinhi9005 (5 months ago)
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Aman Rawat (6 months ago)
please tell us about the courses for being an editor
Mohammed Alobaidi (7 months ago)
Thanks a lot for the tips. I need your help, please. I havr over 1000 books on writing and editing, but I would love to take a course. I found: https://www.the-efa.org, but I do not know if I should be a member first, and if the class is only online. Thanking you in advance
Kaelon Roache' (7 months ago)
You have gorgeous eyes lol
Simon Jurado (7 months ago)
dayum
S Dot (2 months ago)
Simon Jurado what?
junaid ahmad (8 months ago)
how can i become a proofreader and Editor?
OnceUponANovel (9 months ago)
I hope you will see my comments and respond. I know I'm really late but I am really interested
OnceUponANovel (8 months ago)
Mollie Reads yes, I wrote you another comment below
Mollie Reads (8 months ago)
Hi there! Did I miss a different comment from you? I'm happy to respond if you have questions or anything. :)
OnceUponANovel (8 months ago)
I just discovered you and had to subscribe! My dream was to become an editor after college for a publishing house, but even though I had passion and did 3 internships and knew MLA and AP and knew The Copyeditor's Handbook and Chicago Manual, and took the classes geared specifically toward editing in college, nothing ever came of it... Now here I am, 7 years later, and I still regret it. I wouldn't go back to a publishing house if I could now, because I love staying at home with my daughter, but I have thought about doing freelancing. So these tips are excellent. Thank you. But I still have one question. How do you go about freelancing after the courses are done. How do you market yourself, how did you get visibility?
Mollie Reads (8 months ago)
THERE you are! Sorry I missed you. For some reason YT isn't showing me my notifications anymore! Marketing myself was not easy, and it definitely takes time to increase visibility. But starting to build up a social media presence on all platforms is crucial. I don't have Facebook, which is honestly probably stupid, but I just hate Facebook, lol. But I've received work through Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube! Also, when you join associations, you can often create a profile for yourself so authors browsing that association/network can see a list of editors to work with. That's how I got my first client: totally random person who found me through the EFA. I hope this helps! You can do it!! I'm glad you're finding my videos helpful! <3
OnceUponANovel (8 months ago)
Mollie reads
Milly Vega (9 months ago)
Hi Mollie! I just started thinking today about doing proofreading part time. Thank you for the tips.
GodofSpeed (9 months ago)
I am looking for a roblox edit, please reply back to me if you can!
Heidi Reads Books (10 months ago)
Do you have advice on learning the Chicago Manual of Style? It's pretty huge and intimidating, I'm not really sure where or how to start.
Tabatha Walker (10 months ago)
This was excellent. Thank you!
deepa arul (11 months ago)
Butchers copyediting is good source
Latanya Beamon (11 months ago)
my husband is the type that proof reads everything, even my love letters. He gave me a Christmas card and they miss spelled true and he even cross that out and he loves to read. What can I do to help him become an editor?
Reading Matters With Iffy (11 months ago)
Very informative Mollie! As a self-published author of children's books, it's amazing to hear these tips for future projects! Thank you. Just subscribed!
Freedom Formula (1 year ago)
This video is amazing! Incredible content - thanks for putting this up --Evan
Ameera Huzaizi (1 year ago)
Is there any chance that i would to be a writer or editor if i dont go to college. Even i never attend college to get Diploma
Ameera Huzaizi (1 year ago)
My dream is to became a freelance writer or beauty editor
Ameera Huzaizi (1 year ago)
habib emeka thank you for replying
habib emeka (1 year ago)
Ameera Huzaizi go to school. If you can't because of lack of finance, visit the library, go online and read relevant books.
mpenny226 (1 year ago)
Good video! I know a friend who is interested in this. I will share with her.
L.J. McLean (1 year ago)
I have been editing for a while on my free time (also working on my own projects), and just recently decided to get serious about it. There are other videos to look for, but yours was the first to get some sort of roadmap in the freelance world.
Kaylee O'Brien (1 year ago)
I noticed you have the "Gospel Story Bible" on your bookshelf. The author, Marty Machowski, is a pastor at my church! It is a small world...
Belle Boucles (1 year ago)
Love your bookshelf and the way you're books are organically placed.
Silvia (1 year ago)
Ahhh I found your channel and I subscribed! 10.000th subscriber 😂🙌🏾 congrats
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Thank you so much!! xx
The Queue Staff (1 year ago)
Mollie, you and I need to chat. I would love to have your freelance mentorship! - Sarah
Becky Coulson (1 year ago)
Great video! I've recently decided to pursue a career in proofreading and editing and this has been so helpful. Now I know where to start!
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
So glad it's been helpful! xx
Casimir III (1 year ago)
ah, I guess it's true, life is a contact sport.
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Absolutely. Sometimes it's about who you know. xx
itsAshwini (1 year ago)
This video is so interesting, networking is always a bit of a challenge for me :)
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Thank you! It is for me, too! xx
Cook Read Create (1 year ago)
Congratulations on being a freelance editor in your spare time, that's fantastic!
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Thank you! I'm actually full time now, which is exciting! xx
Sasha Pitre (1 year ago)
Hi Mollie! I am really interested in finding the right major and had to do some career research for my career life plannng course. I found this video extremely helpful and look forward to hearing more from you in the future
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Hi Sasha! So glad to hear it! xx
Merideth K (1 year ago)
Thank you for sharing this Mollie! I've been trying to decide on what to do as far as my degree and knowing that an English major would just be the beginning for editing/ creative writing is very helpful!
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Glad to hear it Merideth! :) Good luck pursuing your editing/creative writing! You got this, girl! xx
Monica Hay (1 year ago)
It's so funny. I just clicked on this video the day my boyfriend bought me an SCBWI membership! Good to hear that it's a good place to start!
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Hey Monica! That's awesome! Your boyfriend did a good job lol! xx
Marisa Leach (1 year ago)
You've given great information with a wonderful delivery. You have just gained a new subscriber. Also, giiirl you're beautiful.
Abdalla Elhagef (1 year ago)
could you please I'd like to ask about the qualification for editor language or grammar something like that thanks
Dhyanapeilin (1 year ago)
What is your suggestion for people who wish to publish academic papers in the field of philosophy? Thanks. I love your video. I really appreciate your generosity. :) Cheers, Pei
Gorboduc (1 year ago)
Let me know if you find out, Pei!
Spencer Borup (1 year ago)
I love this video so much. FUN FACT: I first found you through this vid about six months ago, and it was what finally pushed me off the fence and helped me decide to become a freelance editor. Changed my life. So thank you :)
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
WHAT that just made my day!! Yay! Glad I could encourage you toward your dreams. :) <3
Selma Danculovic (1 year ago)
Hi Mollie, I found this video very helpful. I have been considering doing an online editing and proofreading course. What I got from your video is that delving in this field requires constant learning. I think I am ready for it. Thank you for the video :)
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Hi Selma! Thanks so much. :) It's so true! Editing is all about constant learning. Glad you enjoyed it!
ReptileryanYT (1 year ago)
thank you this help out alot!
Amanda Loves Books (1 year ago)
I am so glad I found your channel. Your Editor Talk videos are full of great information and have inspired me to begin looking into freelancing, too :) I used to work part-time as an editor for an independent publisher, but I left it for a full-time job in marketing. I've missed editing and working with authors ever since. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
Mollie Reads (1 year ago)
Yay! Glad to help, Amanda. It sounds like we live similar lives. ;)
Sarah Eileen 빛나 (2 years ago)
How do you learn the Chicago Manual Style?? Just read the whole book?
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
lol, it's definitely tricky. I usually start by just perusing chapters and marking what you frequently have to look up. Honestly, the best way to learn is to use it while you're editing something. It's difficult if you don't know the NAMES of what you're looking up, but you soak up different rules little by little. I found that the Copyeditor's Handbook is a great guide, too. It mentions a lot of CMoS rules. I wouldn't necessarily read the CMoS straight through, just because it's so intimidating, but start in the Table of Contents and visit sections you might need to reference often (e.g., commas, dialogue in fiction, hyphenated words, glossary of problematic words, etc.). Also, you may want to get an online subscription. It's super easy to look stuff up online!
Sarah Eileen 빛나 (2 years ago)
Where did you take those specific editing classes?
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
It's all mentioned in the description of this video!
Elizabeth Schiada (2 years ago)
I've been considering majoring in English off and on, and have looked into being a technical writer, or a proofreader or an editor as well. Thank you for sharing this! Very informative!
Elizabeth Schiada (1 year ago)
Did it also take a long time for you to find a job with your major?
Elizabeth Schiada (1 year ago)
Mollie Reads thank you!! How was your English program?
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Awesome! I'm so glad you found it informative. Best of luck as you pursue your dreams!!
Nathan Aponte (2 years ago)
u r born again?
Renee C (2 years ago)
Another good tip is KNOW your professors. Talk to them! Especially if you're taking more specialized English/creative writing courses. Because the reason they're professors is because they PUBLISH things, They publish their findings, they write essays, they are on boards, etc. I had a professor my first year of University and he was on the Board (I forget the name of it) but it was a board that specialized on anything shakespear so if anyone wanted to publish ANYTHING based on William shakespeare the entire board had to unanimously approve that the writing was factual and informative. That's a GOOD connection to have! 9/10 professors are published "writers" (of course some write different things like a scientist can write a paper on science things) but they're still PUBLISHED and that's important to take note of. I have friends who have gotten close to their professors and will have their names credited in a piece that their professor is producing and they're only in first year! It's amazing how far you can get if you just know the right people and take opportunities instead of wait on them. Another tip is if you're specializing and going towards a PhD, getting a great mentor is a HUGE thing.
ButterCookie (1 year ago)
Renee S Great point.
rulenumber1 (2 years ago)
would i be able to use a business degree to become an editor-this would be business management and entrepreneurship
catthebeautyhunter (2 years ago)
Well don't I feel like an idiot suggesting you film this in your Newbie Tag video! I guess I should just watch all your videos before suggesting anything else. ;) Great tips. The older I get the more I've realized the importance of networking. It's hard as it seems everyone is in their own shell but it's necessary to keep trying! Also, I think you'd enjoy learning through Coursera. It's free and there are so many topics to choose from! It's a great resource for continuing education outside of college. ~Meredith
Kathryn Hancox (2 years ago)
Hi Mollie, I've just subscribed to your channel, I love it! I am a newbie-ish freelance book editor and this is such a useful editor for those starting out. I'm enrolled in the University of Chicago Graham School's Certificate in Editing—it is an awesome course, I feel much more confident with CMOS. I just attended the EFA's 2016 conference in NY that was such a great opportunity for networking and learning as well. Can't wait to watch more of your videos!
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Hey Kathryn, thanks so much for subscribing/watching! I LOVE that you're enrolled in the University of Chicago Graham School's Certificate in Editing... I want to do that one day myself. I've heard amazing things! Will you be at BEA next year? I bet the EFA conference was wonderful! What a great way to meet other freelance book editors!
Rachel Libke (2 years ago)
Wow thank you so much for posting this video--I loved hearing all your tips! I'm drooling over those classes. Currently I'm taking Copyediting and Proofreading from the Christian PEN, and enjoying it. Small question: can I hire someone, preferably an extrovert, to network for me? I could maybe pay in doughnuts or something...
DelaSyd (8 months ago)
I didn't know the Christian PEN even existed! So glad I clicked on this video.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
So awesome! LOL I wish I could hire an extrovert to network for me... what a genius idea! Glad you enjoyed the video. :)
BananaBookClub (2 years ago)
This is so interesting to hear about, even without any aspirations to become an editor. Also can I just say, I love your couch, looks so pretty and comfortable!
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Glad you enjoyed it. :) Hehe, it's a pretty great couch, even though Zoey has claimed it for herself!
Little Chibi (2 years ago)
One of the most shocking advice that you will hear in college is that one's degree doesn't always have to apply to a job or career that you might have in the future. Certainly one would think one needs an English degree to get into the book business, but you would be surprised by the diverse amount of people who have a different degree that you wouldn't expect. This also applies to other fields too and Mollie here is like the millionth person I've heard giving this type advice. LOL Good advice, Mollie!
Little Chibi (2 years ago)
One of the most shocking advice that you will hear in college is that one's degree doesn't always have to apply to a job or career that you might have in the future. Certainly one would think one needs an English degree to get into the book business, but you would be surprised by the diverse amount of people who have a different degree that you wouldn't expect. This also applies to other fields too and Mollie here is like the millionth person I've heard giving this type advice. LOL Good advice, Mollie!
dangerously cheeky (2 years ago)
Think about the way most of us were taught to write--we weren't; and forget about editing. If you looked al most college writing programs--not up to snuff. What training did you have prior to college.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
It's so true! This advice is everywhere and for some reason it really is still shocking to hear, lol. Thanks for watching again!
Life Between Pages (2 years ago)
This video is fabulous. I'd love to get into freelance editing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Oh why thank you ;). Glad you enjoyed it! xx
Angel Waggoner (2 years ago)
Very informative. Thanks.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Thanks, Angel!
Parole a fumetti (2 years ago)
Hi, I'm an italian girl who want to became an editor or work in publishing sector! Your video is so interesting and motivated me to continue on this way! ciao
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Awesome! So glad to hear my video was helpful! Best of luck! <3
jasreading (2 years ago)
Yes! Even though I'm still in college, this video gives me motivation! Thank you for taking the time to talk about this topic <3
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
So glad to hear it!! You're so welcome. :) xx
Monicabooklover (2 years ago)
Wow this is actually a really nice and interesting job but I never thought it was that hard .thanks for editing advice
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Thanks so much, Monica! xx
Life Between Words (2 years ago)
So interesting, Mollie! Even though I work as a writer/editor/proofreader, I have never taken a continuing ed class on the subject (I've just gone through a lot of trial and error, and done a lot of reading). But I KNOW it would be so, so helpful and you've kind of inspired me that I should look into it some more. It's crossed my mind in the past. It's also a little intimidating to think about, mostly because trying to find the time is hard. But also worth it. Great video. I'd love to break into the freelance editing world. I'm a lot of talk, but in truth, it's something I've thought about for *years*.
ExpectoPatronum (4 months ago)
Katie Ziegler Hello! Do you have any advice on how to get into the publishing/editing business? Like what major to dive into or anything like that?
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
I LOVE that, and honestly, trial and error is half the battle, isn't it?! I'm glad I could give you some inspiration! :) It sounds like you already have some great experience! <3
Susie Purvis (2 years ago)
Such a great and interesting video Mollie!! I totally agree about 'shopping' for courses outside of your uni degree. While I was at uni studying my main BA I was also attending the odd night class at other local universities and colleges that tailored more specifically to certain sectors of what I was interested in... and doing things that way (if they are affordable) also gives you the chance to test the waters and actually make sure the job/career/vocation is right for you.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Totally agree about testing the waters! That's a great point. Always love to hear your thoughts!! xx
EmelieReads (2 years ago)
this was really helpful, I´m definitely considering getting into editing as a career and this was so informative and great!
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Aw yay, so glad to hear you liked it!! :)
WallabyWayBooks (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for making this video. Editing has been on my radar (as a potential career) for a while and you talked about a lot of things that I hadn't considered. I also really enjoy the Chicago style as I am a very big proponent of the serial comma :) Really helpful video!
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
YAY! So glad you liked it :) I'm glad to hear you're still super interested in editing. YOU CAN DO IT! <3 Also, hahaha, serial comma = everything lol
MaybeMeaB (2 years ago)
So I may be watching this at work again... whoops!! Love that you are giving your insights on the editing side of things. I think it will be super helpful for aspiring editors to hear some more talks on this! ps: Your hair looks SO pretty in this vid <3
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
lol I love it! And aw thannnkssss you're so sweet :)
Maddie (2 years ago)
This was such a great video! Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips. This was really helpful because I want to try to get into editing when I graduate from college.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
Thanks Maddie!! So glad it was helpful! xx
The Lawn Gnome (2 years ago)
This is great yes, no one likes to talk to anyone these days. However, to really get anywhere in life you have to Network. It's not what you know it's who you know!
Mike Reiss (10 months ago)
Yes and no. If everyone loves you but you aren't good at what you do then no one will want you no matter how nice you are.
William Shakespeare (1 year ago)
Dude, the phrase "it's not what you know it's who you know" is literally "what you know" - so without that "what you know" you wouldn't know that "it's not what you know it's who you know". Checkmate.
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
So true! Couldn't agree more!!
Autumn Magro (2 years ago)
FIRST. I did some freelance editing for a bit, but got too busy to do any more. I wish I could though because it's really fun! Great video, girly ;)
Mollie Reads (2 years ago)
You da best! Gosh, I know, I've been so busy lately that I've had to put a pause on the freelance editing projects. But it is so fun! ;) xx

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