Career Lessons We’ve Learned the Hard Way

A panel of experienced editors will talk about mistakes they’ve made in their careers. If you’ve made some of the same mistakes, it will feel validating, and if you haven’t yet made those mistakes, you’ll learn how to avoid them. Some questions the panel will answer include:

  • Thinking back to your first year or two of editing, what are some things that came as a surprise to you?
  • For what eventualities do you wish you had spent more time preparing?
  • Did you spend time doing something that, it turns out, was time wasted?

There will be time at the end of the panel for audience questions and stories. We welcome your tales of embarrassing moments, too!

Note: Amy J. Schneider was previously scheduled to speak on this panel but is no longer able to join us due to unforeseen circumstances.

How to Attend This Event

MEMBERS: All PEN members will receive the access link for this meeting ahead of the event date—no registration required. However, registering does help us know how many attendees to expect.

NONMEMBERS: Registration is required to attend this meeting and closes two hours before the start of the event. Nonmembers may attend up to two free Professional Editors Network meetings before becoming a member, but access to recordings of our meetings is an exclusive benefit of PEN membership.

When you register, you will receive an immediate confirmation email indicating when you will receive the meeting link. If you registered but cannot find your confirmation email, or if you have any questions about this event, contact

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November 14, 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Online Event


  • Beth Wright
    Beth Wright

    Beth Wright is a writing coach, editor, and publishing consultant with twenty-five years of experience in book publishing. She started her career as a production editor at a small academic press, moved on to cofound a book production business that lasted twelve years, and in 2017 launched Wright for Writers LLC. A member of PEN and the LGBTQ+ Editors Association, she lives in Minneapolis.

  • Laura Poole
    Laura Poole

    Laura Poole is the founder of Archer Editorial Services, Inc., and has been providing copyediting to scholarly nonfiction publishers. She won the Robinson Prize from ACES in 2020.

  • Tresa L. Chambers
    Tresa L. Chambers

    Tresa L. Chambers, MS, is founder and CEO of Tenth Muse Enterprises. She is a brand marketer, a content strategist, an inventor, a writer, and an editor who has dedicated herself to helping authors, entrepreneurs, and artists define, discover, and connect with their target markets.