As we kick off the new year, our Editor In Chief had the idea to introduce the Folded Word Staff to our extended Folded Word Family. For the next few months we will be sharing an #EditorProfile that focuses on one member of the staff: What they do, what they like, and other fun little tidbits! To start things off, I’d like to introduce you all to our first Folded Word staff member: Zakariah Johnson.
Folded Word: What is your title at Folded Word and what does Folded Word Press mean to you?
Zakariah: I am the “Cross-Genre” editor at Folded Word. I’m not involved in the initial acceptance of proposals, but can be involved in editing anything after that, especially prose poems, given my background in literature and “Great Books” (St. John’s College grad). Poetry strikes me as perhaps the lowest-cost art form in terms of materials. It’s extremely difficult to do well, but the hurdles to entering the craft don’t involve any more than a pencil, paper, and a fervent mind. And of course time. And years of practice. But the lack of “start-up” costs mean poetry is and always will be open to the outsider, the marginalized, and the dispossessed as a means of expression and of broadcasting their visions. Folded Word’s mission of “exploring the world, one voice at a time” captures the essence of poetry’s irrepressible and universal nature, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this great team.
FW: What work do you do as a professional copyeditor and manuscript editor?
Zakariah: I work as both a copyeditor and a writer. My own short stories, novels (coming soon!), and published poetry explore the noir/mystery genre, which has always suited me best for telling the stories I feel. My copyediting work goes from very light copyediting for long-term professional authors, to heavier copyediting, to what’s called “developmental” or early stage editing to help shape some projects from the get-go, as well as the occasional ghost writing. Before turning to copyediting, I worked ten years in content development for several online education companies following my (briefer) careers teaching English and in archaeology, another type of research/writing altogether.
FW: What is a day in the life of Zakariah like?
Zakariah: My “days are always packed,” like Calvin & Hobbes’! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be the stay-at-home dad for three children, so my days begin and end with parenting, with as many sessions of work as I can squeeze out in between — preferably in locations without wifi connections or my cell phone so I can focus. I generally split my time evenly between my own compositions and editorial work. Nights are reserved for reading, a sustaining necessity that benefits all my endeavors. I also play banjo, or more often, threaten to ; )
I hope you guys enjoyed this Behind-the-Scenes look! Please leave comments and questions if you want to learn more or what changes you’d like to see on our next #EditorProfile. We’re always open to new ideas and feedback!
Sarah Gibson is Folded Word’s Publicity Assistant and Features Editor of the Folded Word blog. She is a 22 year old who resides in Beverly, Massachusetts. As a recent grad from Gordon College, she works as a marketing director in Saugus, MA and spends her free time reading, writing, working and learning with Folded Word Press.