In 2017, I completed my final year as a member on the Northwest Independent Editors Guild board, serving on the Programming Committee to organize bimonthly member meetings and annual workshops. Serving on the EdsGuild board has been an immensely gratifying experience these past two years, allowing me to contribute to the editing community, and most importantly, establish relationships with my editing colleagues, which have developed into friendships that I know will last. Although part of me is sad to end my term, I feel proud of everything we were able to accomplish, and I am looking forward to continue my involvement with the editing community and focus my energy on other projects.
One of the projects I am excited to spend more time on in 2018 is my own writing. I once again participated in NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org) in 2017 and ended the month with 50,021 words of a superhero romance novel that I had a blast working on. Now that the dust of the holidays is settling, I am excited to read through my zero draft, get back to outlining, and start the rewrite.
I am also looking forward to expanding my client base in 2018. Last year I continued my work with Little, Brown and Macmillan Children's, with Daughter of the Siren Queen and Fireblood being some of my favorite proofreading projects, and I also began working with Orbit, where I had the pleasure of copyediting Jade City. And, of course, I continued to work with some amazing independent clients, whose projects I am excited to see come to fruition in 2018.
Overall, 2017 was a great year, filled to the brim with editing, writing, community, and personal growth. I can't say it wasn't stressful and at times overwhelming (I doubt anyone could), but I have also experienced and witnessed some tremendous acts of heart, courage, and creativity. I know the same will continue in 2018, and I am looking forward to another great year.