Interview with Nicole Rietmann, Copy Editor

Name: Nicole Rietmann Title: Copy Editor Company: American Meteorological Society Years in current position: 4.5 JL: How did you end up in this role? NR: I’ve been interested in a career in publishing since high school. After graduating with a B.A. in English and a minor in professional writing and psychology, I attended graduate school for an M.A. in English and publishing. During grad school, I had an internship with the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, working on their quarterly magazine, and I found I really enjoyed working with science-based publications. My first job out of grad school was as an assistant copy editor with the American Geophysical Union (AGU). I spent three years in total at AGU (one as an assistant copy editor, two as a copy editor), and after moving to Massachusetts and working remotely for AGU for a year, I was lucky enough to land a copy editor position at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Boston not long after AGU announced its plans to outsource most of its publications department. JL: What’s a typical day like for you? NR: I work at home two days a week and commute into the office the other three. Other than the occasional meetings or events, I spend most of my day at my desk working on manuscripts and proofs. I also do some troubleshooting for LaTeX submissions, and I occasionally edit books or work on other projects. “I enjoy being able to improve something, which I think is why […]

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