Sherian Brown is an incredibly kind and talented individual. While both a published author and sought-after editor, she is currently focusing on her editing and proofreading talents to serve authors and business owners alike.
Sherian currently resides in Maryland (the DMV), and technology has allowed her to join editor Tia Ross, founder of WordWiser Ink editorial services, alongside fellow editors Brandy Patton and Tamira Butler-Likely. She is also a featured editor on Black Editors & Proofreaders and moderates a fiction writers’ group on Black Writers Collective, which are all platforms forged by Tia Ross.
“I’m extremely grateful for all the wonderful connections I’ve made through editing, and I hope to continue to build relationships with writers, readers, and editors,” says Sherian. “I’m in awe of how I got here because editing wasn’t on my radar as I considered a career. But looking back on it, I can see how my entire life was constantly leading me back to editing as I slowly sharpened my skills over time in whatever arena I entered. Every experience has added to my perspective and mission of shining a light on the written word.”
What is your book craft? I offer copyediting and proofreading services for works of fiction, nonfiction, and medical.
How did you get started offering these professional services? I stumbled onto editing at a relatively young age. In high school, I was asked to look over essays, reports, and research papers by fellow classmates, and these requests continued in college and graduate school. When I began my professional career as a cardiovascular perfusionist, I was asked to take over scientific policy and procedure revision as part of my nonclinical duties. Editing has always been a natural fit for me, and in retrospect, I realize others recognized my ability even before I did. After years of editing in areas of medical and nonfiction, it finally dawned on me that it made sense to edit the kind of work I like to read in my spare time, so I expanded my editorial services to works of fiction.
What fulfills you most about working with your clients? What fulfills me most about working with my clients is knowing that I’m able to hone their voices and aid in making their work the best it can be. I genuinely care about the quality of work I return to each and every client, and I’m always humbled and grateful to play a part in their success.
What is the ROI that your clients can look forward to by working with you? My clients can rest in the assurance that their work will be clear, concise, and polished. The return on investment for my service is priceless because a writer’s voice is a reflection of them, and work that’s riddled with errors immediately decreases their credibility. I relish the opportunity to help clients put forth the best version of their voices through their written work.
How do you hold yourself accountable and achieve the goals that you set forth? I set goals for my work ahead of time so I can easily map the amount of editing that must be completed each day to meet the specific deadline, and I stick to it! I’ve found that dividing the work into pieces I can realistically tackle prevents overextension and allows me to give adequate attention to each portion of the project.
How can people get started working with you? People can start working with me by visiting the WordWiser Ink website at www.wordwiserink.com or by contacting me via e-mail at email@example.com. WordWiser Ink has developed an easy onboarding process to fulfill our clients’ editing needs.
What else would you like people to know about you? I’m a stickler for deadlines. I haven’t missed a deadline yet, and I’ll work day and night to ensure I deliver what I’ve promised. I take my work very seriously, yet I enjoy what I do so much.
Other fun facts about me are that I love reading, traveling, practicing yoga, sipping tea or coffee, and spending time with friends and family.
Learn how you can work with Sherian at her website www.wordwiserink.com
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Great interview! It’s an honor to work with you Sherian!