Girls In Charge: Shatisha Nash
Name: Shatisha Nash
Job Title/Position: CEO/ Editor of Pure Harmony Literary Services
Education: B.S. Business Administration/Information Systems M.S. Information Technology: Information Assurance/Cybersecurity
Q: How did you break into your industry or get started?
A: Honestly, you can say it was divine intervention. The idea of being an editor occurred in 2001, my senior year of high school but was never acted upon until 2016. I read an author’s books and messaged her about issues in the book which eventually led to her allowing me to edit one of her books. Which eventually led me put my business degree to use and opened Pure Harmony Literary Services.
Q: What is your inspiration?
A: My main inspiration is my parents. I didn’t understand why when I was younger, but they always pushed me and told me to never settle for OK when you can do better. You give everything you do your all no matter what and if it doesn’t come out exactly how you wanted you could still say you did your absolute best. No matter what life has thrown their way they have continued to keep putting their best foot forward in every situation. Writing the answer to this question made me realize that they were a part of the foundation of what I do. I say this because they have for years asked me to read over letters, presentations, and documents for clarity and grammar issues. For those reasons and a few others, I continue to moving forward to accomplish my goals.
Q: What has been the hardest part of what it is you do?
A: Most would say locating errors or problems within a manuscript and yes that is hard at times to make sure it is correct. However, for me, it is to make sure the author’s voice shines through and not edit the work how I would have wrote it. There are many books that you read and probably say I would not have said it that way, but you have to remember it is not your writing.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement thus far?
A: In business two of the biggest achievements have been opening the business and beginning to establish my clientele. For some, that may not seem big, but it is to me for there are plenty of editors in the industry some even with more popularity yet they chose me based on the relationship we have established. In life, my biggest achievement was obtaining my undergraduate and masters degrees. These were achievements because, at the beginning of 2014, I almost died from pneumonia which caused me to spend eleven days in the hospital and two months out of work. However, I managed to finish my degree in Dec. 2014 and then my masters in Oct. 2016. For this reason, I would say that they were my biggest achievements.
Q: What advice would you give to someone trying to get his or her foot in the door?
A: Have a passion for the industry. Some people think that editing is easy if they can point out a few issues here and there but it requires more. It is a long, tedious process that requires you to research/study just as much as you edit for the rules of grammar and writing continuously change. Also, make sure that you find an editor that has established themselves in the industry that you can talk to learn from and ask questions. Not everyone who says they are an editor understands what it means to be an editor or what is involved in the process. Lastly, make sure you have a least a basic understanding of the Chicago Manual of Style which is the “bible” you could say for authors, editors, publishers on writing. How you perform your edits and how you interact with potential clients and clients is versatile which allows you to make it your own but the “rules” are a standard.
Q: What projects are you working on (that you can share)?
A: Two Top Secret Projects/Edits… The only thing that I can currently say is that both are non-fiction and from two wonderful ladies with releases later in 2017. **Exclusive News**: You may even see a release from me later this year…. Stay tuned!
Q: What genre of books do you like to read/edit?
A: I am a huge fan of mysteries/suspense books. Growing up as a child I wanted to work for the CIA as a sniper, so my imagination with these types of books never end. The thrill of the unknown is exciting. I enjoy romance books that are out of the box with characters that have dominant, take charge personalities and do not always have happy endings. I am a fan of individuals who do not write a certain way because someone else has or to gain fame they write what moves them. Also, I enjoy non-fiction books such as cookbooks, self-help books, motivational/inspirational and numerous others. Lastly, I enjoy editing papers and projects for college students. As a self-proclaimed career student (It took 13 years before my first degree was completed), I understand the struggles of writing papers and projects on an undergraduate and graduate level. This experience allows me to help others who face the same frustrations learn and grow which will benefit them in the future.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In five years, I plan to be into the field of cybersecurity. Next to editing, the field of cybersecurity or IT, in general, is my other passion. Business wise, I plan to have established my brand more and maintained consistent clientele with authors, publishers and college students who need editing assistance.
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