About Word Summit Editing

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 it by heart. 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.

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: The Society for Editing and the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE). I am active in my local editing community, and I continue my professional development by attending webinars, classes, and conferences. For more about my continuing professional development, read here.

Picture of Penni Askew

Picture of desk with second monitor and keyboard, laptop, smartphone, and disposable cup with lid. 

My desk is not this streamlined, but it does include a computer with a 27-inch screen, and I do always have a cup of coffee or glass of water at hand.

Picture of hill with sagebrush in foreground, pine tress going up hill to top, blue sky, and a few clouds.

Part of my family's ranch in Idaho (now run by my cousins, though my uncle still helps out)