|Will Edit for Food|
Now, don't start throwing stuff at me. I'm looking to edit specific stuff. I've got standards, man.
First, the rub:
I lost my job. I know--who hasn't lately? Unfortunately, I'm not in a position where I can wait it out, looking for just the right thing. There's no fallback plan to provide me with insurance or, you know, roofs. Writing fiction is now a luxury for me, one that doesn't come often. It's all about the job hunt now. And income. And omg-there's-a-penny! Because children. And eating.
It's tough, though. For years, I opted to do the stay-at-home-mom thing over building a career. I was fortunate to be able to do it and figured a career would come later. But we live in a society that seems to say, "Hell yeah, women can have it all," with its fingers crossed. Forget the stellar education in English and Creative Writing or the honors and academic awesomeness. Forget the freelance work I've done, the serious volunteer work, or the years of developing a (spectacularly unsuccessful) fiction writing career. Employers want to see someone my age with unbroken years of experience and no blank spaces filled up with children. It's disheartening, to say the least. But I'm not a quitter. And I've got skills, yo. One of those skills happens to be bartering and negotiating. (Once, I talked a grizzly dude on the streets of New York into selling me a $20 knock-off Hard Rock sweatshirt for $3 and a smile.)
I'm also a really good editor. Seems to me I can come up with something to keep moving forward (and feeding children).
But this post isn't to pimp my services in exchange for money (yet). Right now, I'm offering free editing and proofreading in order to build up a fresh portfolio. That is, I need fresh editing samples to use professionally (to get work--I don't intend to use it publicly, like on my blog, unless you contractually allow me to).* So, if you have something that needs edited, and you happen to think, based on our witty exchanges and nonverbal communications, my blog posts, my reputation, my Facebook posts and tweets, and/or my sparkling personality that I might do a good job, (or even if you're unsure, but could use free editing anyway), we may be able to work out a special arrangement.
I'm looking to edit and/or proof (FOR FREE):
- First three-five pages of a work of fiction (any genre)
- First three-five pages of a work of nonfiction
- Articles for online and print submission (I'm looking for both editorial and informative)
- Academic article/document (something super geeky and sciencey and/or just above my capability to understand what the bazooka you're talking about is totally cool with me)
- Marketing Copy
- Cover/flap copy
- Miscellaneous (Not gonna lie--I'd like to see something really weird need editing)
There's seriously no catch here. I need samples to get work.** You need editing. We'll trade back scratches. If you're interested, shoot me an email: cvaldezmiller (at) gmail (dot) com. We can discuss your project/document and determine if: 1. It's something that would be useful for my portfolio and, thus, able to be edited by me; and 2. How pleased you're going to be. Please indicate:
- What your document/project is (please don't send it yet)
- What you intend to do with it
- What type of editing you are needing
- Your bank account and login info (just kidding, unless, you know, you're really generous).
That's it, folks. Thanks for visiting. Come again. Don't forget to tip your server.
(Because children. And eating.)
P.S. I generally use Chicago Manual of Style as my go-to style, but if you really, really need something else, contact me anyway.
P.P.S. If you are in need of written copy (online or print, marketing, editorial or informative or whatever), I also happen to be a writer. Most of the time. You can contact me, too.
P.P.P.S. I use Word, Track Changes, and Oxford commas. The end.
*I would obviously never pass your work off as my own, but I'd like to state it anyway, since you don't know me and might be freaked out. I would use the edited (Track Changes) versions to prove what a stellar editor I am, and I would never post online or in any other public location without your permission. If your work contains any confidential material or material that can't be reproduced, um, yeah...I can't really use it in my portfolio.
**I offer freelance clients a free sample of my work specifically for them, but employers often want to see portfolio samples. Most of what I currently have is either irrelevant, confidential, or contractually unusable.