Casting her eyes upon all of our wonderful submissions, Allie is here to support writers and achieve their best
Editors are crucial parts of any newspaper, publisher, or just about any place book related! Our editorial team are so important to us here at Young Writers, and if you want a career as an author, you best get to know who they are and what they do.
Can you tell us what you do here at Young Writers?
I’m one of the team of editors who reads and edits entries we receive from young authors. I also proof the work and check the final layouts of the books before they are sent to be printed, as well as various other jobs within the department.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you like to do outside of work?
At work, I read books. Also, at home, I... read books! Yep, I cannot get enough of books! Lots of people think I’m crazy spending all day at work reading, then coming home and doing the same there, but I love reading. And there is a difference between reading for work and reading for pleasure. The books I read at home help me escape the world and distract me from life, and the books I read at work are helping make the dreams of many young writers come true by seeing their work in print in a real book! So I get great joy from both. I don’t just read though, because that would be weird! I also love biking and spending time with my family, including my three furbabies, my cats!
What’s your favourite thing about Young Writers?
As I mentioned above, knowing we’ve helped so many budding young authors actually get to see their poems and/or stories published is great. But also, for me personally, the team here is one of my favourite things about Young Writers. Loving what you do and who you do it with is a big bonus.
What is a typical day in the life of an editor?
Scratches chin ... I’m not sure there is such a thing as a typical day! We receive such a huge variety of creative writing, in the morning I can be editing poems about weird and wacky peculiar pets, then in the afternoon proofreading spine-chilling mini sagas! There is one thing that is always the same though – the day always starts with coffee!
Do you have any editor’s tips for writing?
I think one of the most important things is to read (and I’m not saying that because I’m a self-confessed reading addict!). And read lots! Read all sorts of different genres you might not necessarily think you’ll like, but it will help broaden your knowledge of writing and inspire you to keep being creative.
Well there you have it, a little insight into the Young Writers world, and the not-so-typical day of an editor!