Q1. Tell us a bit about your work and achievements?
My academic background is in creative nonfiction and science writing
(writing about scientific and technical concepts for a general
audience) with a BA in writing and an MA in science writing. During
undergrad, I held an internship at my university's press and worked at
the English department's writing center. Thanks to these experiences,
I learned how to write clearly, read closely, and work with writers of
all experience levels on improving their work.
Q2. What is the best thing about freelancing?
Setting my own hours! I've been in a full-time tech career for close
to a decade, and it's been life-changing to create my own schedule.
Although it takes discipline, I feel more in control and more
empowered in how I do my work.
Q3. Why should someone hire you?
I'm committed to helping my clients set and meet their goals for their
content. Having experience in both creative and technical fields has
allowed me to learn to work with a range of styles, subjects, and
voices. I focus on "What does this writer want to achieve in their
blog/essay/story?" and do my best to help them accomplish that vision.
Like most writers and editors, I'm detail-oriented and delight in
finding the errant comma or subject-verb disagreement. I believe in
the transformative power of the written word and will do my utmost to
ensure the content I produce and edit lives up to that belief.
Q4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a freelancer?
Confidence, confidence, confidence. Despite having the background and
training in writing and editing, having the self-confidence to promote
myself and say, "Here's why you should pick me" is terrifying. I
typically prefer to be behind the scenes, so setting myself front and
center is totally foreign and kind of scary. I have to be intentional
about posting on Instagram and reaching out to people.
You can follow me at @rachelkspurrier or visit my website www.rachelspurrier.com