My name is Olivia Derby; I’m an author, professional Editor, and native New Yorker with a life long passion for words. I’ve spent the last 13 years partnering with authors to help them meticulously proofread and edit content. My clients rely on me to help polish their masterpieces and produce ready to publish manuscripts.
After a decade long career in corporate digital marketing, my son was born. Being a mom changed my priorities, made me reconsider what was actually important to me. I knew writing was my passion, I knew I was an artist, but I never thought I could make a living with those things.
There was one day in particular that changed everything. My infant son spent most days on my lap while I took calls, attended virtual meetings, and typed away at my computer. I never felt particularly good about that, but it seemed like the only option. My job was stressful, and I ended up working all night long to catch up on things I missed during the day. I was exhausted and felt like I was hanging by a thread, literally every day. On this particular day, however, my little one was sick with a cold, and I had a team relying on me for instructions and direction. My boss had just hung up on me because my son was howling in the background. In that moment I felt more lonely, more like a failure, and more unmotivated than I’d ever felt in my entire life.
I had no hobbies. I had no time for friends. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d written something I actually wanted to write. I felt like a terrible mom, an overworked zombie, and I was literally shaking with stress and anxiety about my job. So in that moment, I came to a decision. This life…didn’t work for me. So I changed it.
In 2016 I started OliviaDerby.com with the belief that if I didn’t love it…it wasn’t worth doing.
Since then, I’ve become a published author, found a passion for editing, and helped hundreds of authors and content creators produce works of art they are proud of.
Good writing comes from creativity. Great writing comes from passion, and curiosity, and a willingness to change and explore and experiment.
So, let’s work together. Let me lend you some of my passion. Let me enable your curiosity. Let’s finish your masterpiece. Together.