What do you love most about your profession?
For me, it is reading. I get paid to read. What’s better than that? Ever since I was a child, I would read anything I could lay my hands on. My childhood “toys” were books. I don’t remember owning a single stuffed toy or a play thing other than my books. That feeling of carrying books home from the store or library is indescribable.
I got into this field by accident. While I was out hunting for a job in electronics & communication, someone offered me an editing job because of my passion for the language. Haven’t regretted that till now.
Books have always been and always will be my security blanket.
Lydia tells us what a day in the life of a copy editor looks like...
Since I’m a ‘managing editor’ now, I don’t do much copyediting. Instead, I help my teams understand and set in place workflows. I train aspiring copy editors, which is a lot of work, but also great fun because it keeps me on my toes and abreast of updates in the publishing industry. My focus is on reducing negative feedback, scheduling, and keeping issues to a minimum and finding lasting ways to fix them.