Because I am a passionate book reader, my hope is to one day become an editor. I think that that it is a good career choice for me because I know that my love for reading will give me a love for this career, as well. I remember that I started reading at a pretty young age, and I haven’t stopped since then. I read everything from romance to mystery to horror to science fiction and everything in-between. When I was asked what I want to do when I grow up, my first thought was that I want to do something that I love, but I wasn’t sure what. Then a light bulb went off in my head, and I realized I can make a career out of my love for books.
Ever since I came to that realization, I have been trying to learn as much as I can about the job. But there are many things I would still like to know about becoming and being an editor. For example, which would an editor prefer—to work freelance or to work for a company and why? What kind of skills does one need to become an editor? Is there a need for online editors of newsletters, e-zines, newspapers, periodicals, etc.? What type of person would make a good editor? I want to know if this is a career that I would love, have the skills for, and if it is something that I can do for the rest of my life.
Hannah Cruz, a junior at a Denver, Colorado, high school, wants to become an editor and desires to learn all she can about that job. In addition to hearing from editors, she would like to know what writers expect of editors when they submit a manuscript to be edited. Hannah is currently shadowing Linda Lane for 20 hours as part of a school assignment.
Linda Lane edits books and coaches writers. Visit her and her editing team at http://www.penandswordpublishing.com/ and http://www.denvereditor.com/.