My story is different from most. Being in the proofreading and editing world was not what I envisioned for myself. I graduated from Howard University’s School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Marketing. My mission was to become a marketing guru. I’ve always worked in marketing and as I climbed the marketing ladder, I did not realize that the positions I held were building blocks that led up to editing books and other documents. A welcomed surprise was how much I enjoyed it.
I was exposed to the world of publishing, proofreading and editing documents as a result of where I worked: PayPal, FINRA, The US Institute of Peace, and Ullico. After reviewing/proofreading marketing materials and campaigns for different marketing departments, my new labels became eagle eye and grammar wizard due to my great attention to detail and ability to eliminate errors that others overlooked.
Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. -Maya Angelou
In 2014, I edited my first manuscript for a professor and mentor. My mentor, at the time, knew that proofreading documents was what I did as part of my profession. Thus, he asked me and several other people to review the book. Incidentally, I was the only person who reviewed the book. I had red markups all throughout the book. The professor was so thankful for the edits that she incorporated all of them in the book. After this, I was encouraged by another college professor to consider editing as a business. She had so much faith in me that she began recommending my work to others who then asked me to edit their books. I have been reviewing manuscripts and other documents ever since. I’m proud to say that I have edited several published books that can be found on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. I was also recognized by the Baltimore City Council for my editing contribution to the book, Life Happens…But You Can Finish by Dr. Pam Love Manning, PhD and Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper.
It is my pleasure to always put my best foot forward to serve others. This is the reason why I love what I do.