Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Giving Thanks ...

 


Every year during the month of November my social media feeds are FULL of posts showing what my friends and family are thankful for from the previous year. This year, I’d like to share with you what rocks my world and makes me oh-so-thankful.

1.    Family - Part 1: I am so grateful for my parents, my sisters and my very


extended family. While this year we can’t celebrate the holiday with everyone like we have before (and by everyone, I think we’re up to 5 generations who spend major holidays together), I know that we’re all itching for the day when we can be together.

2.    Family - Part 2: Where would I be without my husband of 22 years, Ed, and the family we have built. He has been and will always be my rock, my compass and my biggest cheerleader. He always encourages me to follow my dreams and my gut – even when I come up with crazy ideas like editing full time. We’ve been blessed with 4 amazing, smart and driven children who simply light up our world.

3.      Opportunity: I’m humbled that a Greater Power has given me skills and abilities that allow me to do what I love best – helping storytellers tell what’s in their hearts and souls.


4.      Our Men and Women in Uniform & First Responders: Foregoing time with their families and loved ones so that we can spend time with ours.

5.      You: Absolutely you! Without you, I couldn’t do what I love. Thank you for helping ATEditing continue to grow and take shape into the kind of business and service me and my family can be proud of.

I’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! May the coming year be full of even more that we can all be grateful for.

          To learn more about ATEditing, visit amythompsonediting.com. For any questions or to discuss your manuscript/project, please contact me at amy@amythompsonediting.com.

 

Budget Editing? Here's Why. (Edited from 10/20)

 

        Just last week, a colleague referred a talented author to me because the author needed a round of “budget editing.” I fought the “budget” route and designation for a long time. After 25 years of listening to the Big Guy lamenting other freelancers in his field “undercutting” him, I didn’t want to fall into that quagmire. But at the start of this year I decided to embrace it. Why? Easy.

        As an unashamed bibliophile, when I’m not busy, I can easily run through a book a day with my Kindle Unlimited (sometimes more). There are some amazing storytellers out there who are self-publishing! Their stories are compelling, heartwarming, sometimes violent, heartrending, hot, and definitely sexy. I love diving in and losing myself in another world, another relationship, another way of being. 

The only drawback (to my editor’s eye) though? Sometimes it’s obvious that the author can’t afford or couldn’t take the opportunity to have their work proofread by an experienced editor/proofreader and they’re working off of Word’s often incorrect spell-check. And that, my friends, is why I made decision to lower my rates and introduce flat-rate pricing – to offer the opportunity for these talented writers to have that extra set of eyes look over their manuscript before they hit “Publish.” 

            Am I upset by the designation “budget editor?” Nope. And here’s why … I’ve reached the point in my career where colleagues are now referring clients to me as a “budget editor” and I’m getting the opportunities to work on the types of fiction that I love to read. It’s a win-win all around. I get to help out a colleague. The author gets a line edit or whatever they decide is within their budget. I get a “first look” at a book that I’ll probably end up loving. And I earn a little bit to pass on to my college-livin' kiddos.☺ 

So what does a “budget editor” do? Simple answer is – everything any other editor does – only less expensively. 

(* Edited from October 2020)

            To learn more about ATEditing, visit amythompsonediting.com. For any questions or to discuss your manuscript/project, please contact me at amy@amythompsonediting.com.

Welcome to ATEditing! (Updated from 2018)

 

Welcome to my world! The coffee's on – so please feel free to grab a cup, pull up a comfy chair and relax!

The world is full of blogs with subjects as diverse as "My Son's First Tooth" to "The Art of Global Thermo-Nuclear War" (thank you Matthew Broderick and War Games). The shifting winds may take me down a few rabbit holes while I enter the world of blogging, but for today, I want to give you a small introduction to me and
my baby, Amy Thompson Editing (ATEditing).

Right off the bat, let me announce to the world -- I am a grammar cop -- and proud of it. 

Everyone has seen the memes about the horrors of the use of "there, their and they're" and "to, two and too." To me, the horror is real. I don't know if it's the result of Mrs. Smith's seventh grade language arts class, where such errors were immediately met with her raising her aspirin bottle and proclaiming that we were "giving her an Excedrin headache." Or, perhaps, it was three years of Mrs. Smoley's gentler tutelage on journalistic writing and her insistence that we triple and quadruple check such things before anything went to print. Or maybe it's just that I was born with that gene that screams "WARNING" when such things cross my path. Regardless, it's a skill that I've been able to use repeatedly throughout my career to rather satisfying results.

Ah, the career. Some might say that I never did decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I first went to college, I was going to be the next version of Woodward and Bernstein, set the world on fire with my amazing prose and earn that Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. When that didn't work out, I tried my hand at counseling, clerical work, teaching, working in a prison, editing textbooks, being a stay-at-home mom, processing mortgage loans, managing a small non-profit and, lately, being the school secretary at my kids' middle school. Every one of those side trips taught me something new, allowed me to write, edit and design to various degrees, and kept my love of writing and language alive and well. And, despite the side trips, I've always needed to keep my hand in the editing and writing game. 

Amy Thompson Editing (ATEditing) was an idea that had been in the back of my head for a very long time. Within a period of a few months, I found myself helping my husband edit his website, creating an event flyer for a friend, designing a brochure for a referral, writing a resume for a recent college graduate, helping a high school graduate with his college applications, polishing a curriculum vitae and being approached to edit another website. My fears of striking out on my own were set aside and my new adventure started taking shape.  


And what an adventure it is! I’m a life-long learner and a firm believer that one should never stop exploring new horizons. If nothing else…it’s fun! This quest has me learning everything from how to market a small business to how to prove that I know what I’m doing to strangers in order to build a client base, to how to work at home and be productive with three teenagers arguing over who gets to watch what on Netflix. It’s a challenge, yet one that is always full of promise and excitement…and I’d like to invite you to share my journey with me. I promise a fresh pot of coffee, a comfy place to relax and, just maybe, a little gem that will help you along in your adventure.

Until next time – be well!

(* Updated from 2018)

          To learn more about ATEditing, visit amythompsonediting.com. For any questions or to discuss your manuscript/project, please contact me at amy@amythompsonediting.com.