My name is Patience. If you couldn't already tell... I love editing. I love the nitty gritty process of correcting mistakes and making a sentence flow.
But why? Why would anyone in their right mind want to do such a tedious job? Other than me not being my right mind, I want to do that job because it is oh so satisfying. You know that intense feeling of satisfaction you get from using—nay, simply watching someone power-wash a stone patio that hasn’t been cleaned in 20 years? Yeah, that’s the satisfaction I receive from editing.
My passion for editing came from the first time I edited a novel, a fast-paced thriller called The Homestead by Douglass Hoover (check it out on Amazon). I was Mr. Hoover's editor, copyeditor, and proofreader and I loved every second of it. That's when I knew that I wanted to make editing my career. Since then, I have edited everything from business cards and websites to novels. I love it in any shape and form (preferably in the shape and form of a fiction novel, but it’s all good to me).
Before that, I earned my BA in English from Bridgewater State University. To pay for college, I bartended in my spare time (I still do). For all the complaining I do, I sure do appreciate what that job gave me: the ability to communicate with anyone and everyone (and I can make a mean Manhattan). I had customers ranging from tech-boom one percenters, to local fishermen, to absolute jerks, and wonderful, beautiful souls from all lifestyles. Without that job, my introverted tendencies probably would have taken over my life and even though I’d more than likely still be an editor, I wouldn’t be as cool as I am today. I mean, honestly, how many 24-year-olds can make an Old Fashioned while talking about the political yet not-so-subtle undertones in Dante’s Inferno?
When I’m not editing novels or slinging drinks, I enjoy camping, long walks on the beach, and taking way too many photos of my dogs. I am a singer of all things Disney (you can find me at a karaoke bar in Boston belting out “Part of Your World”), a compulsive re-reader of A Song of Ice and Fire (I still maintain my stance that Tyrion is a Targaryen), and a hiker of any and all nature trails.
I want to edit your words. I want to be involved in the world of literature. I want to forge working relationships with the current and next generation of great writers. I want to work with people who are just as passionate about writing and storytelling as I am about editing because I know that those are the people who will change and shape literature and the way that we read and enjoy it. I want to help authors create stories so profound that we assure others that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
About 29 Pilgrims
I chose the name 29 Pilgrims based on my love for Medieval literature and history. I found inspiration from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a collaborative collection of tales told by 29 pilgrims journeying from a tavern in Southwark, England to a shrine of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury. Each of the 29 pilgrims must tell two tales (one on the way there and one on the way back) and the story with “the best sentence and moost solaas” would win a free meal back at the tavern.
"Best sentence and moost solaas." What does that even mean? Translated to modern English (rather than ye olde Chaucerian English) it means the best ability to inform and entertain. Ever since I first read The Canterbury Tales, this sentiment of “sentence” and “solaas” struck me.
I agree that the best stories are informative and entertain us. Harry Potter is obviously entertaining, but it also teaches us about racism, prejudices, and history. Jane Eyre creates both a romantic and an eerily creepy setting all while exposing how women and disabled people were treated during the Victorian era. And Beowulf tells the tale of an Anglo-Saxon monster-slayer yet paints a clear picture of Medieval hero culture.
I want to edit stories that I know will entertain and inform not only me, but also audiences at large. I believe that all great stories have these two characteristics, and I want to help you flesh that out and make your story great.
As far as my logo? My boyfriend and I have two rescue pit bulls and they’re the loves of my life (sorry, babe!) Their names are Bug (the brown one with the giant ears) and Skootcha (the grey one) and they are the snuggliest, goofiest dogs ever. I wanted to incorporate them in my business because they are such a large part of my life. Why wouldn’t I want to mix my work life and home life when I have these two idiots sleeping on my feet as a write this?