Ever find yourself restless, ready for new challenges? Me, too. That’s why I have ventured out into a new area in the publishing space.
Copyediting and proofreading
I am now a copy-editor and proofreader. This is not my day job. I am not ready to give up my role as media specialist to nearly 600 elementary students, nor my role as an occasional presenter at the now-infrequent library conference. I could tell you that I proofread because I catch mistakes in books I read and want to help writers before mistakes get published, or that I actually like grading and catching mistakes. That is all true. And I’m good at it. But what I see is a natural progression in the publishing process. Follow along.
COVID-19 has changed our lives. Working as a media specialist, or any type of educator, is overwhelming and stressful right now.
I rarely have insomnia. A few years ago, we moved from our home state of Texas to North Carolina. My husband didn’t have a job. I slept fine. My daughter left for college. I missed her, but didn’t miss any zzzzzzs. I started work at a new school, and then another. Still sleeping. COVID-19 popped up. I have a pretty strong immune system and rarely get sick. It was on the other side of the world, nothing for me to worry about. Even as it moved closer, I continued to sleep well. The governor closed the schools until the middle of May. I miss being around people a little, but I like working from home, too. Our son came home from college for the rest of the semester, so we were empty nesters for about a second, but that was ok. I continued to sleep well.
Until I didn’t.
Maybe I was more stressed than I realized. Maybe I needed to take a step back.
My name is Julie Overpeck. An elementary school media specialist, mentor, presenter, middle grade book reviewer, and queen of the #libraryhack, I am a Texas girl in North Carolina with 18 years in education and 14 years of public school library experience.