My very first job was as an editorial assistant for a tiny travel website start-up in New York City. I spent every day reviewing user-submitted travel reviews for submission guidelines compliance, editing for spelling, grammar, and readability (yes, really), and assigning each review a rating of 1-5 stars. On a good day, I could get through 500 reviews.
Sometime while I was I honing my copyediting skills to a razor-sharp point, our start-up was acquired by a large travel technology network to join forces with a major Internet travel agency. And that’s when things got interesting.