Interview 27: CaTyra Polland

Years editing: 4
Job title: CEO of Love for Words
Job description: Provides copyediting and developmental editing
Location: Rochester, NY

Interview 26: Lyric Dodson

Years editing: 5
Job title: Freelance editor and proofreader for nonfiction self-publishing authors
Job description: Edits memoirs, self-help, personal development, and spirituality books
Location: Colorado

Interview 25: Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri

Years editing: 20 years
Job title: Self-employed book editor (indie fiction and narrative nonfiction, such as travel and memoir)
Job description:
Location: Camp (COVID-era): Durgapur, West Bengal, India; residence: New Delhi, India

Interview 24: Thomas Hill

Years editing: 20 years
Job title: Copyeditor and freelance developmental editor
Job description: Copyeditor at weekly arts and culture magazine; provides developmental edits on nonfiction and scholarly manuscripts
Location: New Mexico

Interview 23: Shara Pantry

Years editing: 4
Job title: Part-time freelance medical writer and editor
Job description: Writes patient education material; copyedits grant proposals and scientific manuscripts
Location: Florida

Interview 22: Otito Frances Iwuchukwu

Years editing: 8 years
Job title: Pharmacist-educator (day job), consultant
Job description: Teaches and conducts research in the life sciences; edits technical writing in the life and social sciences, business writing, narrative nonfiction, and children’s books
Location: New Jersey

Interview 21: Vivek Kumar

Years editing: 22 years
Job title: Freelance medical copyeditor
Job description: Edits medical journal articles
Location: India

Interview 20: Chris Obudho

Years editing: 15 years
Job title: Owner of CJO Writing + Editing LLC
Job description: Writing and editing technical and marketing copy
Location: Indiana

Interview 19: Michelle Pope

Years editing: 7
Job title: Creative writer/editor
Job description: Write and edit marketing communications (emails, brochures, flyers, and web copy) for health insurance company
Location: Indiana

Interview 18: Eilis Flynn

Years editing: 43
Job title: Principal and sole proprietor of Flynn Books, Words & Ideas
Job description: Freelance editor
Location: Washington State

Interview 17: Tia Ross

Years editing: 35
Job title: Freelancer, business owner
Job description: Consultant, project manager, copyeditor (content, legal, technical), proofreader, writer, writing coach, and editor mentor
Location: Texas

Interview 16: Ayesha Chari

Years editing: 16
Job title: Academic editor
Job description: Specializes in language editing and rewriting, editing (what is curiously labeled) non-native English, and copyediting in a wide range of subjects (including the humanities, social sciences, and STM [science, technology, and medicine]
Location: Norfolk, UK

Interview 15: Ruksana Hussain

Years editing: 19
Job title: Freelance journalist, editor, copyeditor, proofreader, writer, and content creator
Location: California

Interview 14: Kassel Pierre-Jean

Years editing: 15
Job title: Senior managing editor, Digitas Health
Job description: Edits medical and pharmaceutical materials; oversees team of editors
Location: Pennsylvania

Interview 13: April Lim

Years editing: 5 years
Job title: Technical editor
Job description: Edits technical engineering reports and proposal responses
Location: Texas

Interview 12: Tatiana Pagan

Years editing: 1.5 years
Job title: Freelance proofreader and copyeditor
Job description: Edits short stories and (primarily fashion) blog posts
Location: New Jersey

Interview 11: Melissa Brown Levine

  • Years editing: 9 years
  • Job title: Owner and senior editor at Brown Levine Productions
  • Location: Georgia

Interview 10: Kaitlin Littlechild

  • Years editing: 6
  • Job title: Editor, owner of Kaitlin Littlechild Editing
  • Job description: Edits reports, business and health publications, marketing material, web content, and academic work
  • Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Interview 9: Tiffany Cole

  • Years editing: 9 years
  • Job title: Editorial assistant of product development, Goodheart-Willcox
  • Job description: Market research, copyediting and proofreading, manuscript reviews, and general administrative support for agricultural, child development, college success, and nursing textbooks
  • Location: Illinois

Interview 8: Crystal Shelley

  • Years editing: 3 years
  • Job title: Freelance editor
  • Job description: Edit tech blog posts written by developers and engineers / provide line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and sensitivity reading for fiction authors
  • Location: Utah

Interview 7: Maisha Maurant

  • Years editing: 20
  • Job title: Chief corporate editor at Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
    (last editing role)
  • Location: Michigan

Interview 6: Aliza Amlani

  • Years editing: 20 years
  • Job title: Freelance editor and writer
  • Job description: Update and refine technical, business, and educational content
  • Location: Toronto, Canada

Interview 5: S. Dorothy Smith

  • Years editing: 10 years
  • Job title: Copywriter, scopist, copyeditor, proofreader, translator
  • Location: Virginia

Interview 4: Antonn Park

  • Years editing: 5 copyediting, 1 line editing
  • Job title: Owner of Blue Flower Editing
  • Job description: Primarily edit economic and financial papers and reports; other content areas: cannabis market research reports and criminal justice/law papers
  • Location: Massachusetts

Interview 3: Alicia Chantal

  • Years editing: 1.5
  • Job title: Owner of Fresh Look Editing
  • Job description: Provide nonfiction copyediting, proofreading, and writing services, with a focus on the health care and education sectors, to individuals and businesses
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Interview 2: Adaobi Obi Tulton

  • Years editing: 6 copyediting, 20 developmental editing
  • Job title: Owner of Serendipity23 Editorial Services
  • Job description: Provide developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading services

Interview 1: Tamira K. Butler-Likely, PhD

  • Background: Biological sciences
  • Years editing: 3
  • Job title: First-line editor, freelancer
  • Job description: Editing research grant summary statements according to AMA format

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