Sandra Spicher

Sandra Spicher


Texas OnCourse


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Didn't go to college right out of high school. Worked in an office instead.
Decided to attend local university and study chemistry.
Dropped out of college to travel.
Lived in Costa Rica, married and had a child.
Moved back to the States, built a house, divorced, worked at a restaurant.
Went back to school: community college, then university, then won a fellowship for graduate school. Moved across the country.
Worked as an editor at a university, freelancing for a university press using the Spanish I learned in Costa Rica and in my undergrad and graduate programs. Then my office lost funding!
I did an editorial fellowship at the university press and started my freelance business. Then I got a part-time job as an editor at the university. Best of both worlds!
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I edit books, articles, games, blogs, reports, and much more. I also create indexes for books.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I freelance from my home office treadmill desk when I can, walking slowly. The first thing I do is write. I typically have two or three projects going at the same time, so I check my editorial calendar and email. Then I use an indexing program and macros to index books or Microsoft Word and macros to edit books. At my job, I start by checking email, then I might check a game for errors by playing it, or make suggestions on a training module or report. Whatever the office needs!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook. If you find yourself getting bored, you probably won't want to get into this line of work. You've just saved yourself a lot of time! But if you find you have a strong preference for style choices in one or the other, you're born to edit. If Chicago is your favorite, lean toward editing books. If you prefer AP, news is your thing.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"If you get an English degree, you'll have to be a teacher."

Challenges I Overcame