Jeanette Smith

Editor’s Corner Columnist

Jeanette Smith is a writer, editor, speaker, and cat TikToker based in Dallas, Texas.

Once upon a time, Jeanette wrote a story and shared it with a classmate—who hated it. Jeanette’s teacher then told her something she’ll never forget. She said, “Jeanette, everyone is going to criticize your work. That’s what it means to be a writer.” Since then, the only critic Jeanette has listened to is herself.

Today, she makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She also writes the Editor’s Corner column, covering both the technical and emotional sides of the editing process. Finally, she teaches writers to be better self-editors through her self-editing instruction (called a Compass Call).

Jeanette believes that with the right mindset, knowledge, and tools, every writer can tackle their writing and editing goals to produce the best draft possible. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her absorbed in a Netflix marathon, learning a new craft, or teaching a scuba diving class. Check out her website

Instagram: @JeanetteTheWriter
TikTok: @Jeanettediting
LinkedIn: Jeanette Smith

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