I'm Hannah Charlesworth. I like to ski, sing, sew, act, and watch movies. But above all, I love to read, write, and edit.
Because of my love for English, I declared my English major during my first semester at Brigham Young University. Not too long after that, I declared my minors in editing and creative writing as well. All of my studies have complemented each other beautifully and have really prepared me to work in the publishing world.
I fell in love with the publishing industry first as a publicist and then the head publicist for Future House Publishing. During my time there, I wrote content for email lists, came up with creative ways to advertise, edited the website, and communicated with authors. The books I promoted for Future House were middle-grade and young adult fantasy and sci-fi. I loved working in these genres, and I later took creative writing classes that focused on writing for children and young adults.
After I finished my time at Future House, I started working as an editorial assistant for BYU Studies Quarterly, a journal that publishes religious, historical, and academic scholarship. My duties as an editorial assistant included source-checking, writing book notices, substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, and checking the final formatting for articles and books. I’ve learned how to research obscure topics with hard-to-find sources. I've learned how to transcribe old documents and to edit transcriptions according the Joseph Smith Papers style guide. I've learned how to juggle multiple projects and deadlines. But most importantly, I've learned that I love editing things relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Because of this love, I chose to work for Latter-day Saint Insights as both the managing editor and a member of the design team. As managing editor, I edited articles according to what they needed. Some articles needed developmental or substantive changes, others just needed to be copyedited or proofread. I also ran meetings and made decisions relating to our style guide and procedures. As a member of the design team I designed feature images and picture quotes for articles using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Part of my time at Latter-day Saint Insights included rebranding our publication and beginning a new publication called Editing Research.
After graduation, I had the opportunity to intern with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I edited religious content for a worldwide audience, including study manuals such as Come Follow Me. I also got to lead some projects and see the inner workings of a large organization.
Although I have been offering freelance services since 2018, when COVID–19 was at its peak, I decided to switch to freelance editing full time. My favorite part of freelancing is that I get to work on a larger variety of projects with a larger variety of people. Instead of falling into the monotony of working on the same kinds of materials every day, I get to dip my toes in several genres, switch up the types of editing I do, and work with people from all over the world. I learned that I love typesetting and now offer it as one of my primary services. But most importantly, I've learned that as a freelancer, I have the ability to make a bigger difference in the lives of my clients. I don't have to just edit their stuff and be done. I can help them navigate the publishing industry and help their books succeed.
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