Published on 6 March 2012
6 March 2012
A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate is being paid to literally have her “head in the books” after completing USC’s Postgraduate Certificate in Communication last year.
Sarah Owen, of Buderim, has been employed to proofread manuscripts for dynamic, Brisbane-based publishing house University of Queensland Press (UQP).
Ms Owen said the opportunity for employment with UQP arose after she completed an internship with the company in June last year.
“I missed out on an editorial assistant position initially due to the long commute to Brisbane but then I was contracted to cover the junior editor’s role for children’s and young adults’ books last November,” she said.
“Since then, I have completed two freelance proofreading contracts for adult non-fiction manuscripts.
“I am now starting work on a manuscript for a children’s book.”
Ms Owen has previously held roles in magazine publishing in Sydney and copywriting and editing for small business on the Sunshine Coast through her own business, Wordpool.
She said she chose to return to study to update her skills and pursue a personal interest in editing.
“The Communication course was great and very relevant for me with my background,” she said.
“It gave me really up-to-date proofreading skills and taught me the specific things I needed to look for in book publishing, like proof-reading marks on manuscripts.”
As a mother of two young boys, Ms Owen said she personally enjoyed her work but was careful not to become too engrossed in the storylines while on the job.
She said she aims to secure more proof-reading contracts with UQP and other editing freelance work through the Queensland Writers Centre.
— Michelle Widdicombe