How to Become an Editor without University...or experience.
May 16, 2008 9:01 PM Subscribe
I'm very interested in becoming an editor, please help...yes, I've read the previous posts.
posted by nikksioux to Work & Money (33 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
I have an innate ability to edit (other people's) writing. Grammar, spelling mistakes, run-on-sentences, nonsensical phrases, (what I've been told is) constructive critique, I encompass all the skills.
Here is the caveat: I don't have a degree (though I do have some college, and am extremely well-read and self-educated) or "official" experience. I would prefer not to have to finish the drudgery of college, since I feel that I already possess the necessary skills, and that a degree (in a lot of cases, not all) is simply an unnecessary requirement of the modern world. I have read previous AskMefi questions regarding this subject, and also had a question regarding the "samples of previous work". How does one showcase them, exactly? Does one have a portfolio of "before" and "after" editing? How does one offer editing services to, say, non-profits for sample-work-building, while making them feel confidence that the job will be well-done, even though one may be inexperienced? Thank you, hive mind, in advance.