Who Am I?
I'm Penni Askew, born with my nose in a book. Figuratively speaking, of course. Sadly, I did not learn to read until kindergarten, but I did pester my babysitter (and everyone else) to read The Cookie Tree over and over until I knew the whole thing. That's almost the same as reading it, right? I grew up near Denver and played a lot of sports, none of them well. I also spent a fair bit of time working on my late grandfather's ranch (now run by my cousins) in the mountains of Idaho. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and eventually moved to North Texas, where we avoid heat waves and hailstorms whenever possible (Not Really Possible). I enjoy knitting and spoiling my dog while listening to audiobooks and podcasts. And coffee--I love coffee. I might have a weakness for chocolate, too.
I interned with an ebook-first publisher from 2015-2017. I have been a member of The Editorial Freelancers Association since 2017; I am also a member of ACES (formerly the American Copy Editors Society) and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. I am active in my local editing community, and I continue my professional development by attending webinars, classes, and conferences.