Hey guys! This post’s going to be a little different than my usual poems and whatnot; it’s going to be about my future. Okay, and yes, I know, I’m terrified of the future and the unknown and change and yadi ya, I have CHANGED. I am a new PERSON, look out 2018.
If you guys don’t already know, I want to go into editing when I grow up, essentially, publishing. I want to edit novels and maybe, just maybe, publish one, BUT we’ll get back to that later. Now, my dad’s friend’s wife, let’s call her N, is in editing. She edits financial reports and she used to be in journalism till a few years ago. She has friends in publishing and she knows how to start off, what to do, etc and can mentor? me?
I had to send her a couple poems and stories of mine so she’d know what exactly she was dealing with and she liked them! And yeah, I know I can write better than some and my friends and all do tell me I’m so good at writing blah blah, but they’re my friends! And as much as they say they’re being honest and unbiased, there’s got to be some there and it just felt so GOOD because she’s a professional editor and a professional editor liked my work and thought I should publish/submit it! I nearly fainted and fell off my chair, guys.
I’d been talking to her through email and WhatsApp for almost a month(?), when she asked if we could meet up which I obviously agreed to. And so on Sunday, with my handy notebook and a pen, I set on towards B-block, which is very far from my block, by the way, I must say. I was extremely nervous though I’m not entirely sure why now.
So, we talked. It was good, it was informative, I! Actually! Have! A! Chance! Of! Becoming! An! Editor! I’m going to apply to the same college that N went to, which is one of the best colleges for English in Bangalore. She said taking communicative English is better than journalism because the latter only focuses on reporting. She said to be aware of the fact that editing entails of some sales as well: is the book going to sell? Which audience are we looking at? Is this a relevant story line people want to pay to read? She told me to get into writing book reviews on Goodreads to help develop a critical point of view and practice and talked about style guides and about how most publishers use the ‘Chicago Manual of Style,’ which I should slowly start making myself familiar with. She said to start reading magazines like ‘The Economist,’ however boring I might find it for the language is amazing. She suggested a membership at the British Council Library where many events take place and gave me a couple of books to read(this, this and this). She said reading’s obviously extremely important and it helps to keep track of those books winning major prizes. She said going to Mumbai is better for exposure ’cause the people are different and the opportunities are better and more diverse. She specifically said not to Google anything when you’re writing because you might (un)intentionally plagiarize which is never a wanted circumstance. She said I should start submitting my poems(!!!) but my stories still need some work, which I agreed with wholeheartedly. She also didn’t fail to mention that I was still young and if what I think I want to do changes after college, it’s completely okay and normal, which is a relief to hear, I tell you (even though my mom told me the same thing a couple months ago).
We agreed to meet up regularly, keep in touch and she said she’ll come with me for events if I want. She also said she’ll find out about competitions to submit my poems!
It was overall just really nice talking to someone who knows what they’re talking about and it was so INTERESTING, I’m actually excited! Woah, me being excited about the future; can I say, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?
Anyway, I hope this weird rant thing helps someone at little! If anyone wants to talk more about this, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Yes, with three ‘l’s, it was a TYPO). See you soon!