"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." ― Joyce Carol Oates
Stories transport us into magical lands. They are a portal to experience our deepest fears and dreams behind the safety of the pages. Reading a story is the closest one can get to gently stepping inside someone else’s shoes. The friends we make on the pages remind us that we are not alone. And there is power in seeing yourself in stories. Because of this, I am a supporter of neurodiversity and diversity in books. All children should have the opportunity to see themselves on the pages of a magical adventure. Everyone should have the chance to see themselves as the protagonist solving a mystery or exploring new worlds.
Before my editing career, I spent years working with children in the educational system. These formative years grew my love for children’s literature and taught me the type of stories kids admired. I found my love of middle-grade fiction in the book stacks of the juvenile section as a student library assistant at my college. And I fell in love with the craft of writing at a young age, typing away at an old metal typewriter my mom had purchased at a local yard sale. My grandpa (Grandpa T. as we called him), my favorite storyteller, instilled the wonder of real-life storytelling, and the pain and joy stories can bring to the soul. These were my building blocks for my love of storytelling.
Through my years of studying writing, experience as an editor, and an avid reader, I developed a belief in a whole perspective approach to editing. I believe as an editor you must be able to see it from three different perspectives—the writer's perspective (to support the writer and to understand the craft of writing), the reader’s perspective (to advocate for the reader and understand what the reader desires), and the editor’s perspective—having the knowledge and experience to polish a manuscript so that when it is placed on bookshelves for the reader, it can give the magic and adventure readers dream of.
I believe each writer has a unique voice, and editing should never take away from the magic each writer brings to the pages. Editing is a tool for making stories shine, and it should never dim the creativity the writer has already created. I have a passion for supporting and collaborating with new and emerging writers, and I hope to someday work with you! Crystal B.
Favorite Resources The Chicago Manual of Style: 17th Edition The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 11th Edition Garner's Modern English Usage: 4th Edition
Education Northern Michigan University - Bachelor of Science in Writing UC San Diego-Extension - Certificate in Copyediting