Don’t Worry, I’m Not Really a Robot.

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Hello, my name is Molly McCowan. I am the lead editor and owner of Inkbot Editing, LLC. I’m writing this to tell you that I’m not really a robot. But I’m also here to assure you that I am:

1. A Lover of Words

Me at age four, white tights and all.

I’ve always had a way with words. I learned to read when I was four years old, and proceeded to read my friends’ birthday cards aloud for them at their parties (my mom has this on video).

Throughout middle and high school, I suffered my way through what is called “The International Baccalaureate Program.” [Insert apocalyptic music here]. I learned more about MLA- and APA-style formatting than I care to admit, and was once docked 50 points off of a paper because I refused to stop ending sentences with prepositions. (I’ve always thought that it’s a ridiculous “rule,” and by the end of the semester my teacher actually ended up agreeing with me.)

In all fairness, the IB Program set me up to succeed. I took my placement exams, ended up with 29 college credit hours, and went off to Colorado State University to become a writ…veterinarian? Wait, what?

2. Not a Veterinarian

Misty, assistant to the editor.

When I was six years old, I made up my mind: I wanted to be a veterinarian.

When I was 11, I saved up my allowance for two years because my mom promised me that I could have a Shetland Sheepdog puppy… if I paid for it myself. She kept her promise—Misty is now almost 15 years old, asleep at my feet while I write this.

In high school, I continued with my blind ambition to save all animal kind. I failed to see my mediocre grades in math and science as a red flag, instead choosing to will myself to be everything everyone expected me to be (or so I thought).

After nearly six summers of working at a local vet hospital, however, I still cried every single time we had to put an animal to sleep. I knew deep down that I could never handle that part of the job.

And I was right. One year into my pre-veterinary studies at CSU, I had:

  • Flunked the first class of my life
  • Realized I didn’t want to be a veterinarian
  • Learned a new instrument (bass) and started a band
  • Decided I was taking the next semester off to reflect (i.e., party and work full-time as a “sandwich artist” at the college dining hall)

To the horror of my parents, I took that semester off. Then, when I changed my major to English and went back to school a few months later, I was motivated to study what I wanted to study. I made all A’s from there on out, and ended up receiving a grant to study art, literature, and language in Madrid, Spain.

3. A Bit of a Wanderer

My roommate, Dani, and me on top of a castle in Segovia, Spain.

Living in Spain and backpacking across Europe confirmed my love for traveling, eating, architecture, art, languages, and…writing. I filled three Moleskine notebooks (the big ones!) with drawings, poetry, short stories, and journal entries. I was back in true form, and I knew that writing—and working with other writers—was one of my biggest passions (and I’m passionate about a lot of things, so that’s really saying something).

4. A Music Lover, and Someone Who Knows What Career Burnout Feels Like

Here’s a shot of me in the French electro-pop band that I was in for a while. This wasn’t even on Halloween…

Six months after my return from Spain (or as I like to call it, “The Country of Extremely Odd Festivals“), I was the editor in chief of Scene Magazine—a local magazine that covered the nightlife/local music beat. I expanded it into a beast of art, literature, culture, and music.

As a local musician, I was keenly aware of the music scene’s slitherings. I was able to bring that to Scene, infusing it with relevant, timely music news. As the daughter of a fine artist, I used Scene to support local artists as well—offering them articles and sponsoring art shows. I also performed a complete intervention on the magazine’s website (the original site was an embarrassing jumble of ’90s layouts).

Sounds like a lot of work, right? It was. Two years into that gig, I burned out. And I’m talking major burnout—”I don’t even want to get up today” burnout. It was time to move on, and the publisher and I parted ways with a hug and a final paycheck. Eleven out of the 12 staff writers left with me. Why I stayed as long as I did was a mystery to me—that’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way, and one I won’t ever repeat. (Word to the wise: don’t ever let your job take precedence over your personal well-being. It’s never worth it!)

5. A Fledgling Marketing Maven

In the midst of my troubles at Scene, I was offered a position working with a wonderful local business called The Fort Collins Digital Workshop. I dived into social media management, blogging, networking, SEO, sales, and all things business. I was the marketing director for FCDW for more than a year, and I loved every minute of it—it offered me so many new experiences and insights into the small business and marketing worlds. When I resigned from FCDW in order to focus on Inkbot Editing, I took my marketing expertise with me.

6. A Toy Robot Collector

Part of my growing toy robot collection.

There’s not much to write about here. I love toy robots. I can’t explain it; I just do

7. An Editor at Heart

Miriam Folline Leslie, one of the first women in publishing.

The lesson in all of this is that Inkbot Editing is the company I always hoped I’d work for. I’m motivated to edit and write A+ content, be it for books, magazines, websites, press releases…you name it.

I’m inspired by seeing fellow writers succeed. I will work my hardest for you. I will help you make your writing shine, shimmer, and salsa. And you’ll hire me to bring a sense of fun, hard work and, most importantly, great results into your projects.

I’m so happy to have you along for the ride—it’s going to be a great time!

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Image of Miriam Folline Leslie appears here courtesy of The National Women’s History Museum. All other images are from my personal collection.

Molly McCowan
Molly McCowan is a professional writer and editor from Fort Collins, Colorado. As the Lead Word Nerd at Inkbot Editing, it's her job to make you look good.