That I ended up as a freelance editor is no surprise at all. It’s very possible that I was born with a pen in one hand and notebook in the other. I recall ‘scribbling stories’ and reading as early memories, and was constantly nagged for having my nose in a book. Creative writing and literature have always been a passion. My first published work was a short piece in English Alive, a schools literature publication, when I was about nine or ten.
I have lived with an endless stream of characters stomping around in my head. It’s fair to say that there won’t be time in this life to write all their stories. In the meantime, I have the joy and privilege of working with others to shape and perfect their own writing in preparation for publication. Having had three books published worked alongside publishers and authors on countless others, I’ve gleaned valuable experience in both the formal and self-publishing arena. Working as a freelance editor means my skills and experience are available to both publishers and independent authors. It’s about having the best of both worlds, and I’ve met some amazing people along the way.
Words are my passion. I love how they create pictures, tell stories, paint emotions, and reveal the rich tapestry of human experience. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, words have the power to build up or break down, to inspire or destroy, and to entertain or offend. Words are a powerful tool. Any writer has an awesome and exciting responsibility to use them well. My task is to come alongside and to work with the author to polish and perfect. I never seek to change who you are and what is known as your ‘author voice,’ though I will always provide honest input with valid reasons to assist you in your journey. As a freelance editor, my task is not to rewrite your book but to assist you and guide you to write it.
Right now, I live in a delightful little wooden cottage in a leafy suburb of Hillcrest, just outside Durban, South Africa. It’s the ideal ‘work from home’ venue, and I am finally living my dream of freelance editor and so much more.
I have found it difficult to separate the ‘real me’ from the ‘author me’ as much of my network was forged as I established myself as a writer. For this reason, Judith Raine Forsyth and Judah Raine (my pen name) are one and the same person. It’s not so much about the name as is it is about the reputation. Please use the link below to see my references and comments from clients.