(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)
I mentioned last week that Moos is launching MoosEditorial soon.
I’m not gonna lie. I thought she’d have given up on it by now. She almost did a few times, actually. Imposter Syndrome is no joke, mortals. And she’s got it for one of the silliest reasons ever.
She doesn’t have a college degree.
And she thinks that somehow makes her unqualified. For anything. Like there’s some sort of limit on how much one can learn outside of college. Like all the stuff you really need to know is hidden inside that magical secret society and whatever you can learn outside of it is just a teaser to make you feel smart without actually teaching you anything.
I’m sorry (well, actually I’m not), but college isn’t some magical secret society. There aren’t mystical guardians, prohibited from sharing the secret knowledge with those unworthy.
In fact, I guarantee there are countless writers with MFAs who don’t know any more than Moos does. She’s subscribed to twelve different writing craft podcasts, half of which she listens to every week; owns innumerable bookmarked and underlined writing craft books, none of which ever make it back onto the shelves because she’s so often reviewing them; and don’t get me started on all the writing blogs she’s addicted to. The only thing a college degree would give her at this point is a credential to add to queries and her resume.
But don’t take my word for it. Listen to all the writers she’s helped already. After all, they’re the ones who told her to start this crazy editing journey.
Like Eric, of Gingerman Editorial. He interviewed her this past Wednesday on his podcast Coffee, Books, Repeat (yes, she’s subscribed to that podcast too). If you’d like to learn more about MoosEditorial, check it out.
And that’s what she’s up to. Well, what she will be up to. Right now she’s huddled on the couch hacking her brains out.
So pardon me while I go order her to take a nap. Ivy out.