It’s been a busy month in the Knupp house. Not only did we buy a house and move, but I’ve started an editing business. Blue Otter Editing.
(Why Blue Otter? I don’t really know. I like blue. And I like otters. And it seemed more memorable than Knupp Editing.)
Those who know me well know I love to edit — maybe to the extent that it’s a sickness. Okay, more than maybe.
I got my start in professional editing a few years ago as a final line editor for a publishing company, but the origin of my punctuation infatuation goes back way before that. In fact, I wholeheartedly blame my dad for it.
My dad was, at one time, a college English professor. When I was in high school, he used to
hack away edit my papers for my English classes. I hated those red marks. I strived to have less red, and luckily, my dad was insistent on explaining WHY he marked what he did. (Although I’m pretty sure I didn’t feel lucky at the time…) Anyway, thus began my endeavor to understand grammar, punctuation, and all kinds of other style and editing issues. Not to say I know it all, but the Chicago Manual of Style knows most of it and it’s been my BFF lately.
So, with indie publishing continuing to explode, I’m hoping for the opportunity to
hack away copyedit some fabulous manuscripts. My editing style is meticulous and thorough, with a firm knowledge of the “rules” as well as an appreciation for when to break them. Overall, I aspire to two things: 1) not letting errors get past me, and 2) not “messing with” an author’s voice.
If you know anyone who needs an editor, please consider sending them my way! The Blue Otter website is here. And for anyone who books a job before the end of July, there’s a discount. (Details on the website!)