Many of us have edgy interests that remain on the periphery of our editing practice. What might be possible if we give those niche interests priority, and build community around them?
Freelance editor and writing coach, Belinda Pollard, found herself unexpectedly plunged into establishing an online community around a niche topic at the edge of her editing specialty (theology).
‘Gracewriters’ rapidly took on a life of its own. An initial weekly blog expanded into regular Zoom meetings, then an online discussion forum, then a fortnightly podcast with a team.
The project was undertaken for its own sake – a ‘fire in the belly’ project. However, side effects included growth in Belinda’s editing business, professional development in both editing and technology skills, unexpected collaborations with others in the publishing industry, and increased energy and motivation within herself.
This presentation reverse engineers the Gracewriters experience to find principles that could be adapted to other edgy interests: