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Sandra Spicher

Sandra Spicher

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Sandra's work combines: Writing, Journalism, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life


I edit books, articles, games, blogs, reports, and much more. I also create indexes for books.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Juneau-Douglas High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English/Language Arts Teacher Education

    Western Washington University

  • Graduate Degree

    Fine/Studio Arts, General

    University of Texas at Austin

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Editors:

Bachelor's Degree: English/Language Arts Teacher Education

Graduate Degree: Fine/Studio Arts, General

Vocational: Printing Press Operator

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Didn't go to college right out of high school. Worked in an office instead.

  • 2.

    Decided to attend local university and study chemistry.

  • 3.

    Dropped out of college to travel.

  • 4.

    Lived in Costa Rica, married and had a child.

  • 5.

    Moved back to the States, built a house, divorced, worked at a restaurant.

  • 6.

    Went back to school: community college, then university, then won a fellowship for graduate school. Moved across the country.

  • 7.

    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!

  • 8.

    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!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

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

  • How I responded:

    Keep writing and working on your editing skills. Take classes specifically geared toward the techniques and technology used in editing and indexing. Find a publisher and ask about internships, mentorships, or apprenticeships for editorial work.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was a single mom when I decided to go back to school, and I started at the local community college to save money. Working full time, going to school, and raising a kiddo are tough to do simultaneously, but I'm so glad I did it!