I know I keep taking hiatuses, and I’M SORRY. Friendly reminder that I’m a student with several jobs (one of which is freelance editing!) and sometimes other things take over my life. This has been a far busier year than I anticipated, and I haven’t been able to read nearly as much as I have in the past!

One of the big projects I’ve been working on recently, however, is this: a revamp of Bookwise and a heavier focus on the freelancing aspects of my work. This is partially out of necessity- I’m rapidly coming up on a bit of a leaner time, and to be frank I need to start taking on more work. Because I’m still a student, I don’t have an English or Creative Writing degree I can tack on to my resume: any job I can possibly get will help legitimize me on paper. Which brings me to a question you may have in mind:

Why am I legitimate and experienced enough to be hired as a writer or editor?

I’ve been writing and editing seriously for almost nine years now, a blogger for seven years, and actively involved in the young adult book community for about three years. Yes, you can do the math: I started pretty young. I’m not going to hide that bit. But the thing is, I learned from my mistakes early, and I’m intent on making sure no one makes the same stupid mistakes* I made in that ill-fated short story I self-published in 2012. You can trust my editing abilities: they’ve been tried and tested and found to be true.

*One of the many (albeit maybe the funniest) mistakes I made: I used the word ‘magnanimous’ to describe the Large and Forboding Enemy Army. Hey, I learned and, years after that, hit the 99th percentile in SAT English. Benefits of still being a student: that’s probably still accurate.

You may have noticed that I mentioned that I was focusing on freelancing. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to review any books (I have several posts lined up, actually), but it does mean I’m not just going to review books. There may be fewer list posts, but I’m hoping to talk more about writing and editing, as well as books and general nerdom like I have in the past.

I’ve also culled some of my old and no-longer-relevant posts to make way for some of my future ideas. As sad as I am to see them go, I’m very excited about the future that Bookwise has in my life and in the lives of you, my readers. I sincerely appreciate feedback about Bookwise, and I try to respond to all comments.

If you have any questions about writing that I might be able to answer, do not hesitate to ask me! Please let me know what you think about all of this so that I can make it even better.

Annnd a final note: I’m actually going to be off-grid from February 13-20, with limited (if any!) connection to Internet. If you contact me during that time, be aware that I will not be able to respond. Thank you! 

-Katie

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