My name is Amy Raubenolt and I’m a freelance writer and editor living in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. For the past six years, I’ve been operating my own editing and proofreading agency-ReviewQueen Editing and Proofreading ( I’m lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man and to be mother to three awesome little girls.

The thing I love most about my job is that it gives me a chance to read new stuff all the time, and as an editor, I’ve edited over eighty manuscripts, many of them published. I’ve worked with some fabulous authors, and I always look forward to reading more of their work.

I’ve been a big reader as long as I can remember. As a kid, I brought books with me on vacation and sought opportunities to creep off to a corner to tuck into my book at family gatherings. I read at night every night by the light of a smuggled flashlight or even by the light of the streetlight outside my window. When my parents bought me my first book light, I was in heaven. It clipped onto my bed and enabled me to read as long as I wanted into the night. My current book light is a little blue wirey clip that I bought at Learning Express for $5. It is holding up beautifully. I bought one for my oldest daughter, Eve, too. It was her first book light, and I love seeing her turn it on at night after I tuck her in.

I’m always open to book recommendations, but have a hard time reading nonfiction for pleasure. I keep trying though. I’ve never really enjoyed book clubs for reasons I just can’t explain (and am suspicious of Oprah’s recommendations, in particular). I’m absolutely devoted to the library and get 90% of my books from there. You could build a wing with the late fees I’ve paid over the years. I used to ride my bike to the library when I was little and spent a lot of my summers there-loving the books my special librarian, Mrs. Baer, set aside for me and soaking up all the Summer Reading program. Later in school, I was the kid reading as many of the required books from the summer list as possible-just happy for quality recommendations. I was frustrated about the cuts the Columbus library system had to endure recently and wrote Gov. Strickland to let him know about it.

When I’m not reading, editing, and mothering, I also enjoy gardening, hiking, Chicago Cubs baseball, baking, movies, and art making. I have a current fascination with Inniswood metro park, especially when it rains, and can often be found wandering the trails there.

I hope you’ll enjoy my blog and contribute with your own recommendations, reviews, and news. Books used to be a solitary pursuit for me, but I’m learning that reading can open up a community dialogue and be a wonderful way for people to get to know each other.


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