Since you plan on entrusting me with your creations, I figure you’d like to know a little about me. I’ve spent my professional life making sure other people’s projects look their best.
I have been a full-time freelance editor, proofreader, and designer since 2016. Before going back to school for my master’s degree in book publishing, I worked in marketing for five years, focusing on content writing and crafting.
As I tried on different marketing hats, however, I soon found that I could be useful elsewhere. Instead of writing how-to articles or designing marketing materials for someone else’s company, I decided to help artists and communicators directly.
Before working for myself as an editor full time, I also taught courses at Portland State University that focused on the writing and researching process. My favorite class to teach was a 300-level course where I chose the theme philosophy through science fiction. As I worked one on one with my students, challenging them to be better writers (and learning a thing or two myself), I knew that I wanted to specifically help writers and researchers with their work.
Professional Development Bridget
I’m a member of Editorial Freelancers Association, ACES: The Society for Editing, and the Freelancers Union, and I attend monthly meetings with the Northwest Editors Guild. I follow the Conscious Style Guide as well as several editor- and writer-themed professional groups so I can stay on top of new trends. And I assist a career coach and consultant with writing and marketing, gaining insider knowledge on the job search world. The style guides I’m most familiar with are CMS, APA, and MLA. I like to keep up with books on writing, grammar, storytelling, design, client relationships, and other topics related to my work. I’ve definitely lost hours flipping through Garner’s Modern English Usage.
I make sure to step away from the computer and my red pen and get outside—biking, hiking, or backpacking with my partner. If I’m indoors, I’m probably reading or knitting while my three-legged cat, Puck, naps on my lap.
My bookshelves and Multnomah County Library virtual shelf are peppered with literary fiction, nonfiction, and a few adventures into science fiction or fantasy. I will admit I’m a sucker for philosophy, personal growth, and psychology books and articles as well.