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If you run your own business, how did you come up with the idea for it?”

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  • I was at a conference and noticed a ton of people at a workshop on editing manuscripts. That seemed so easy to me, so self-evident, and so many people seemed to need it, so I thought: Hmmm....

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jen Creer on 18th October 2007

  • Technically I do not own my own business, but I run it like one. I decided I wanted a career as an academic editor after reading "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. I went in to see my advisor, who was pestering me about the Ph.D. program and even promised me a position on the faculty when I finished. I told him I didn't want to be a professor, I wanted to be an editor. He said, immediately, "Why don't you join the staff?" There was no such thing as an academic editor at that time, no sources, nothing. I created a 50-page manual on preparing theses for defense and then taught myself HTML and put it online. Two years ago I helped set up another office similar to mine in another Institute, tailoring the guide, another website. Now I supervise three other editors and run two offices. We apparently are the envy of the country. And other universities have contacted me about the guide so they can create their own. I love my career as an academic editor. It is completely DYI.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KatieK on 17th October 2007