Becoming a writer, editor or really anything in the writing world is a journey in which you have to prove yourself first and then create a name for yourself. I am working on a one year Creative Writing certificate so that I can have something to my name but I know that it won't launch my career. I have to build a platform and prove myself. People don't throw money at gambles. I would love to start editing or proofreading for money but I fall into the hole of self doubt and am unable to really put myself out there. If I see someone on twitter looking for an editor I give some advice and then as an after thought let them know that I too edit and proofread if they're stuck. What? Why wouldn't I suggest my name first? Wouldn't I get further if, I don't know, I actually put my name out there?Someone says "I need an editor" I should be saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" But I'm too scared that I'm not good enough. I don't want to mislead any potential customers into thinking I'm some kind of professional, because I'm not. I'm a barely starting out freelancer that so far hasn't made a penny.
So, should I be plugging myself more? Or should I continue just adding my name to a list as an after thought? Confidence is an important thing and I am actually starting a course in a few weeks on copyediting so I am excited to actually see if my skills are where I'd want them to be, and learning more about the craft.
So, if you're looking for an editor or proofreader, please, give me a shout. I would LOVE to hear from you. Also, I'm noticing that I'm getting a few readers of my blog but no comments. So if you have something to say then leave a comment. Comments = love :)
There. Shameless plugging done. Now I'm going to go hide in author/editor obscurity again.