Sometimes, even professionals make silly mistakes. Yes, even professional editors, when they’re writing, could benefit from having an editor!
Well, that was embarrassing.
I submitted a work application for an editing job, saying how I had ‘an eye for detail’, and then noticed after submitting (and no ability to go back and edit) an extra word in the text that I should’ve deleted.
Now, I had worked on the application rather late at night, after the kids were in bed.
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with working late at night, especially for us night owls, but my rule of thumb is to let any kind of work ‘rest’ overnight while I sleep, so I can look at it with fresh eyes in the morning before submitting or sending anything.
Which I didn’t do last night.
Because I was too tired to follow my own best advice.
So, a note to myself as well as to anyone else:
Sleep on it!
A friend also commented that it just goes to show that ‘even an editor needs an editor when they are being a writer’ — guess one can never underestimate the benefit of a fresh pair of eyes!
p.s. I did ‘sleep on it’ in this case, and woke up still feeling disturbed by the situation. So I ended up withdrawing my initial application, then resubmitting with a note on the cover letter with my reason for doing so. Don’t know if that helped or not, but it seemed to be OK as I got the offer. Phew!
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