Cover of novel "Women Are Like Chickens"

“Women Are Like Chickens” Novel

In the spring of 2018, Annette Sandoval contacted the UMass Amherst Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies looking for a copyeditor for her new novel. A friend of mine worked there at the time, and I connected with Sandoval through her. After a sample edit, she decided to trust me with her book, and I’m so grateful she did. Women Are Like Chickens is a wonderful novel that I really enjoyed reading. I was thrilled to work with an author on fiction, since before I’d mostly worked with poetry and business writing.

I did some basic proofreading, but I also highlighted unclear passages, conflicting information, and other issues I found. It was really fascinating to see how my comments impacted the author’s revision process. I also had a lot of fun editing a piece with a narrative. I know for sure after working with Women Are Like Chickens that I want to work with fiction someday.

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