Editing

Megan McMorris freelance editor
Apparently, I’ve been handy with the red pen since the age of 10. I recently came across these letters in a childhood scrapbook from my beloved Penny Power magazine, evidence of my early geekiness. I can hear the editor now: “Crap, it’s that pesky kid from Ohio again!”

My first experience as an editor was at Fit magazine in NYC. There were only three of us on the entire editorial staff at this bi-monthly national publication, and I consider myself lucky to have spent five years there. Being on a tiny staff taught me a variety of aspects about editing that I likely wouldn’t have learned if I’d joined a larger staff.

My mentors there taught me how to assign and work with writers, and to edit their stories in a way that enhanced—rather than trampled over—the writer’s voice. I also learned the ropes of copy editing, and I set, and was responsible for adhering to, our copy style. That’s when I found that I had an eye—and love—for copy editing, which sparked my natural, somewhat idiot savant ability to spot inconsistencies and errors. (I was also the de facto fact-checker in those pre-Google days, a feat which sharpened my reporting skills.) I also worked as the fitness editor at Fitness magazine in NYC, and served as editor-in-chief of Competitor NW magazine.

While I ventured into editing as a way to gain experience and become a freelance writer, I’ve discovered a passion for editing along the way. I adore working with writers to shape their idea and story, and I strive to be an encouraging coach.

In addition to my magazine experience, I’ve also edited three anthologies for Seal Press, one of which—P.S.: What I Didn’t Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends—was my very own idea.

It was thrilling to work on these projects, which including acting as the director, producer, and editor of the projects. I worked with 20-plus writers per book in order to assign, shape, and edit their stories while sticking to the production deadline. (Check out my other books if you'd like: Woman's Best Friend and Cat Women!).

Megan McMorris freelance editor
Apparently, I’ve been handy with the red pen since the age of 10. I recently came across these letters in a childhood scrapbook from my beloved Penny Power magazine, evidence of my early geekiness. I can hear the editor now: “Crap, it’s that pesky kid from Ohio again!”

My first experience as an editor was at Fit magazine in NYC. There were only three of us on the entire editorial staff at this bi-monthly national publication, and I consider myself lucky to have spent five years there. Being on a tiny staff taught me a variety of aspects about editing that I likely wouldn’t have learned if I’d joined a larger staff.

My mentors there taught me how to assign and work with writers, and to edit their stories in a way that enhanced—rather than trampled over—the writer’s voice. I also learned the ropes of copy editing, and I set, and was responsible for adhering to, our copy style. That’s when I found that I had an eye—and love—for copy editing, which sparked my natural, somewhat idiot savant ability to spot inconsistencies and errors. (I was also the de facto fact-checker in those pre-Google days, a feat which sharpened my reporting skills.)

While I ventured into editing as a way to gain experience and become a freelance writer, I’ve discovered a passion for editing along the way. I adore working with writers to shape their idea and story, and I strive to be an encouraging coach.

In addition to my magazine experience, I’ve also edited three anthologies for Seal Press, one of which—P.S.: What I Didn’t Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends—was my very own idea.

It was thrilling to work on these projects, which including acting as the director, producer, and editor of the projects. I worked with 20-plus writers per book in order to assign, shape, and edit their stories while sticking to the production deadline.

I've worked with the following brands

Bluetooth, Charles Schwab, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Nike, SmartWool

Work with me

Whether you need an editor for your publication, an anthology, or an individual story, I’m your gal!

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