July 1, 2011

Pay Me to Critique - or Not

For those of you who don't already know, I'm in school for my bachelors degree in English Lit to start a career in editing. Next year, I apply to grad school. Yep, I want to work for a publishing house some day. At least, that's the goal. So this post by the amazing Cassandra Marshall, writer, literary intern and freelance editor, was very informative.

Let's say you've been critiquing other writer's manuscripts and you love it so much that you want to get paid for it. Did you know that you would need a business license and look into income taxes? What about the amount of money you'd actually get paid for this work?

Are you able to give writers advice to help them grow and sharpen their craft? Are you willing to continue your education by keeping up on the market, reading the trends (about 25 books at a time according to Cassandra), and taking courses AFTER you've already gone to school for your MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)?

If you haven't read Cassandra's post and you're interested in making editing your career (like me :) ), check it out over at her blog.

Are there any of you out there wanting to turn your critiques into jobs?

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