Today’s featured blogger is not only a close, dear friend of mine, she is someone I look up to as the sister I never had. She is immensely helpful at giving amazing advice (be it relationship, career, or just life in general) and she always knows the right things to say when I am experiencing an epic funk. I am immensely proud of her accomplishments and am always impressed by the ways she pushes herself to do and achieve more. Nicole recently started a new endeavor–an editing service–that I really hope you’ll check out. You can also find her philosophical musings on her blog Disturb the Universe and follow her on Twitter.
The idea for NCD Editing was completely serendipitous. I wrote a blog post about leaving my 9-5 editing gig to go back to teaching, and a friend and fellow blogger commented on how she’d like to have an editor look at her manuscript. One thing led to another, and we traded services: she built my website and I did a developmental edit on her work. It was exciting to work on fiction. It didn’t feel like work at all. I think that’s the key. People often say you’re blessed if you can actually get paid to do what you love to do. My sister is also a huge inspiration. She quit teaching to pursue her dream to become a pastry chef and now operates her own dessert and pastry catering business (go to Devilish & Divine for more!). She needed to pursue what she loves, and so, I followed suit.
I have always loved the editing process and over the years have been asked to collaborate with people who wanted to write books. Those projects were never fully realized, and though that was frustrating, I always enjoyed the collaborative work, watching it change, and so on. The blogging community has also connected me with so many writers, many of whom often say, “I wish I could find an editor to look at my work.” I wanted to take my expertise out of a structured environment and work with these people who so clearly want to take their writing to the next phase, but need guidance.
Aside from 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, being a writer keeps me very in tune with the worries, struggles, frustrations and fears of writers who are trying to get their materials published. I’ve heard too many writers say they had an editor look at their work and just tear it apart mercilessly. Although that may be the way of the world, it’s unacceptable to me. I’d rather give people honest but useful feedback on how to improve their writing. And if that means it requires many, many hours and a very long way to go, then so be it. But I could never tell someone to stop writing. That’s just deplorable.
My goal is really to just help people get their work published—fiction, memoir, short stories, informational, inspirational…whatever their passion. Whether they want to self-publish or shop it out to a large house, I want to help them make their work the best it can be. That process is most gratifying to me. I’m hands-off after it goes on to its next destination. If it becomes a best-seller, then, that’s amazing. I don’t expect any compensation for that. My compensation comes from working together to create that work. A mention in the acknowledgments might be nice, though!
For more information, or to contact Nicole, visit NCD Editing.