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It must be wonderful to know what you want to do with your life at a young age--at least I've always thought so. Certainly the kind of self-assurance which inspires an early career choice must be lasting. Well, not necessarily. Sometimes seeing your whole life laid out before you can be as frightening as not knowing what you want to do at all. Just ask Alex in Natalie Keller Reinert's The Head and Not the Heart . . . 

Have you noticed the absence of posts at Book Bound? Well they're back, and on a schedule . . . 

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Melaina Phipps

After university and a lifetime love of reading and creative writing, it dawned on me that what I really wanted to "do" (in the way of responding to all those adults who ask you what you want to pursue after graduation) was read and talk about it. This prompted several more years of education pursuing an MA (University of Virginia) and then a PhD (University of Toronto) in Italian Literature. And while I soured on the concept of pursuing academic tenure, I was led in the right direction nonetheless as I discovered my interest in publishing.

Now more than ten years later, I've worked as a book editor both in-house and freelance on almost every genre of book you can think of, both fiction and nonfiction, trade and academic. The creative writing of my youth, the academic writing of my university years, and the professional writing of my adult life have developed into writing that tells a story and tells the truth. Now solidly ensconced in the freelance world I write and edit while enjoying the things I love: horses, dogs, horse racing , polo, food, fashion, and of course, words, words, words.