Crystal is an independent\u00a0editor\u00a0for\u00a0indie authors from Pikko's House.\u00a0Co-founder of The Association of \u00a0Independent Publishing Professionals. Food blogger and author of yum-yum bento. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.\r\n\r\n \r\nWHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL\/MEDIA PUBLISHING?\r\nI was working as a fiscal officer at the local university when I did a beta reading for Hugh Howey. After he got my feedback, he told me I should offer editing to people, and that people asked him about editors all the time. I didn\u2019t start my business until much later, but he sparked the idea, and it\u2019s been a wild ride ever since. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?\r\n\r\nI\u2019m a mother of three kids, so my first order of business is to get them off to school. Before that, though, I wake up just before six, check emails on my phone before the rest of the family wakes up, do some beta reading over breakfast. When I get home, I try to use my morning to get the bulk of my editing done because my afternoon tends to be broken up by school pickup and other things. I put in more editing time after dinner, then after around 8:30 when the bedtime routine starts, I switch to beta reading, which I can do anywhere since I do it on my Kindle. Nighttime is also when I work on admin things, social media, brainstorming, and doing side projects.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR WORK SETUP LOOK LIKE?\r\n\r\nI work on a desktop computer, but I use my phone to communicate with people online, check website stats, and check on Facebook groups. I use a variety of services to run my business, including Wordpress, FreshBooks, 17Hats, Google Docs, Asana, \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DO YOU DO OR GO TO GET INSPIRED?\r\n\r\nNothing inspires me more than a good manuscript. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve been a fan of Game of Thrones since the 90s, and I still consider that my favorite fantasy series. When it comes to science fiction, it\u2019s Ender\u2019s Game.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT IS THE PASSIONATE PROBLEM YOU ARE TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?\r\n\r\nI\u2019m working on launching a little webcomic for my Instagram account. It\u2019s something fun to do on the side that keeps me enjoying the work I do.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIS THERE A PRODUCT, SOLUTION, OR TOOL THAT YOU THINK IS A GOOD MATCH FOR YOUR DIGITAL PUBLISHING EFFORTS?\u00a0\r\n\r\nI complain about it a lot, but Microsoft Word is the only program I\u2019ll edit in.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS JUST STARTING OUT?\r\n\r\nFor my fellow editors just starting out: make editor friends! It helps a lot to have people to talk to. Join Facebook groups, join professional associations (like mine, the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals), and just talk to people.