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Old 11-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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don't quit your day job

Just kidding with the title. But really? What's your day job?
I'm a preschool teacher.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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Me too! But English language for French kids.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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sorry if this is overly personal, para, but don't you have law qualifications? What made you want to be an editor rather than a barrister/solicitor?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #8
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #9
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #11
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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sorry if this is overly personal, para, but don't you have law qualifications? What made you want to be an editor rather than a barrister/solicitor?
Yep! I got a law degree, but went into publishing instead of law for a number of reasons. I wasn't willing to commit yet more time and money to the further training you need to qualify as a solicitor. It's highly competitive, and if you don't get a training contract, you don't get to even take the final exams. Law was never a passion of mine, whereas publishing is much closer to my real interests. And after three years of studying law, I was sick of it.

edit: Why freelance editing specifically? Because it's pretty close to being a full-time writer. I get the fun of editing fiction and the freedom of setting my own schedule.

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:40 PM   #13
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I'm an editor too, but it's corporate nonfiction stuff (snooze).

But in all honesty, it's cool. I get to fix people's writing all day.
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