My name is Nicole Ayers, and I have worked with writers for more than a decade. As a former educator, I had the privilege to teach writers of all ages and abilities. Believe me when I say that I’ve read a lot of writing—writing so awful that I gnashed my teeth and acted like a wild thing and writing so beautiful that I sat in silence, in awe of the talent before me.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t find myself lost in someone else’s words. Even before I could read, I spent hours, in my mother’s lap, listening to stories. Like many readers, I eventually wanted to write my own stories. I found work with a National Writing Project affiliate. This is where I learned that I excel at helping other writers find their best voice.
Getting to work with writers and play with language is my dream job. I pinch myself every morning to make sure that this is my life. I love the moment when all the puzzle pieces of a novel click together in my head and I know exactly what suggestions will help the author improve the manuscript. I love taming nefarious commas with the Chicago Manual of Style. I love helping writers turn their rough manuscripts into polished prose. Can you tell that I love my job?
If you want to dive a little deeper into my thoughts on editing, read this interview by writer Holly Hughes.
In addition to being a freelance editor, I am the assistant editor for Bookwoman, a newsletter for the Women’s National Book Association. I serve on the board of WNBA-Charlotte, and I am a member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association and the Association of Independent Editing Professionals.