For over ten years, Katie Pavel of Little Leaf Copy Editing has utilized her writing skills professionally, from reviewing grant proposals to teaching college-level composition classes to assessing writing samples for job candidates. She has a Master of Arts in English from South Dakota State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is currently working on her first novel for publication. 

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First tell us about your business--how and why did you start it?

Since I graduated from college with my undergrad degree in English, I've always dreamed of owning my own writing/editing business. It wasn't until I finished my MFA in Fiction Writing, though, that I knew I had it in me to make writing a career. I've been doing editing/writing jobs on the side for over ten years, but last year I finally took the leap, started Little Leaf Copy Editing, and transitioned into full-time freelancing. 

What services do you provide?

I offer a range of copy editing services and various writing services that include tutoring/consultations, writing assessments, beta reading, and content writing.

Who can benefit from your services?

Students who need help writing college entrance essays, research papers, theses, or dissertations; professors and writers who are writing articles for publications; business owners and entrepreneurs who need help with creating marketing/promotional content, proposals, or annual reports; and writers/authors who are seeking manuscript editing or coaching to develop their story (to name a few!). 

What is a word of advice you can offer to other women in business?

Believe in yourself! Starting your own business is scary and overwhelming, but trust that you have what it takes inside of you to make your dream happen.

Why do you love The OWN?

The women of The OWN are inspirational, honest, and real. Plus, the support, guidance, and training that we can receive through The OWN is invaluable.