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Moments of a Writer's Life, #29

 

The Moment I Talked My Way Into A Third Part-Time Job: So I had my job reviewing books for PW and my job washing windows, but it still wasn’t enough money, so when I saw an ad in the paper for a job as a freelance editor I figured I’d give it a go, even though I’d never been an editor before. Well, I’d never been a reviewer or a window washer before either and both of those were working out OK, so. I researched proofreader marks, memorized them as best I could, and then went to apply. It turned out to be a subsidy publisher. Either I was really impressive at B.S.-ing that day, or the other people who came to try to fake their way in were lousy B.S.ers, because the kid doing the interviewing gave me the job. I would go on to edit nearly 100 for that company and eventually freelance edit for private clients, which I still do.