Janet Schaaf

Gracious Editing

I’ve been writing since childhood, beginning with diaries I hope no one ever reads (note to self: those need to be destroyed). My writing life progressed beyond those diary entries to plays that were acted out by my dolls, voluminous letters to friends, and elementary class newspapers. In school, I was usually the designated writer in group projects. In my stay-at-home-mom years, I created a newsletter to send to customers of my scrapbooking business. The newsletter writing was my favorite part of the business – not so much the sales part.

After a few twists and turns, I decided to return to school to finish my degree and completed a B.A. in English Literature in 2014. I worked as a copy editor, then news editor for the campus newspaper. The job, which required reporting as well as editing, pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me a wider view of campus life than I ever would have had without it. I attended events; interviewed staff, faculty, and presenters; and got to know some great people.

I have continued to work in an academic setting, where my main responsibilities lie in communications. As a result, I have extensive experience in AP style and am well versed in SEO, content management, and social media marketing.

My freelance work has included writing, editing and proofreading academic papers, memoirs and technical presentations.

Lees Summit, MO

Email: janet@graciousediting.com


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Years in the field: 9
Years freelancing: 3


Janet Schaaf