Her name is Steph VanderMeulen.
To me she is more than my editor: she is my gateway to a polished image on social media. It’s been only a few months since I started blogging, but I found out fast that editing my own content is tough. Plus, there was the embarrassment of when the blog went live and—yikes!—a silly, glaring grammatical error! As a bookkeeper, dealing with very detail-oriented and important material, errors in my communication undermine the way I actually work.
Deciding whether or not to get an editor was an eye-opening moment for me. I realized that this is what it must be like when clients are deciding to get a bookkeeper. It’s tough to let go of something, and you worry about the cost, etc. I now know how you guys feel.
The thing is, ultimately what you’re getting is a way to make things more efficient, clear, and professional. You want to stand out from the rest with your communication, because this is how you generate business! And outsourcing to a specialist frees up time for you to do what you do best, your job. In the end, getting an editor, just like hiring a bookkeeper, can save or even make you money.
Steph and I got started by communicating about my goals and expectations and her approach. We decided on what I needed and came up with a plan as to how she would be paid—which I still think needs to be more! [Editor’s note: I love you, Jennie!] She goes over my posts with a fine-tooth comb and also provides feedback, which I like!
She’s not like my grade 10 English teacher—although I bet she could intimidate me if she really wanted to. Instead, she works with me by fixing my errors and prompting me with questions about things I’ve written. She knows who I am. Better yet, she knows my style and respects that when editing my content. She still keeps me real…just makes me more polished.
Thanks, Steph. I honestly don’t know what I would do without you!