Mercy A. Ananeh-Frempong / Work Experience
I started keeping a journal when I was thirteen. My parents love books. I remember my dad teaching me how to read when I was four. We would thumb through picture books, and he would read out the captions to me. He would explain the meaning of each sentence and ask me to repeat the words after him.
By age ten my mother had registered my name at four different libraries: The Ghana Library Board, The Dansoman Community Library, my school library, and The British Council Library in Ghana.
I was so obsessed with the atmospheres that libraries exuded that both my primary school and my boarding school librarians made me their assistant.
Today, I provide professional proofreading and editing services in English (both British and American) to clients worldwide. When editing, my goal is to transfer the essence of a writer's creation to the imagination of the reader. I edit to highlight the skillful elements and ideas in a text.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Ghana. I started working as a freelance editor in 2005. My first assignment was titled Three Conversations with Ayuba. The following year the same author sent me a collection of short stories titled Mr Happy and the Hammer of God and Other Stories. In 2007 I joined Ghana's oldest mainstream newspaper, The Statesman, as sub-editor. In 2009, TBWA\MARKCOM, a subsidiary of TBWA\WORLDWIDE recruited me as a copywriter.
In 2012 I moved to Cambodia, in Southeast Asia, where I am based now. Travelling, like the literary world, has always been part of my life. My partner and I have explored a number of cultures and landscapes which have enhanced our world views. My client base has grown to include independent international writers and organizations as a result of my travels.
I am a member of the Writers Project of Ghana, an international literary organization. W.P.G. has published some of my poems in two of their anthologies: Look where you have gone to sit and According to Sources. I have also contributed to Paper and Ink Literary Zine, UK, an independent publication which has featured my poems in four issues.
Wanderbird Writer's Resources is the latest addition to my list of projects. From 2005 to 2008, I partnered with my colleague to run The Young Writer's Project, a writing competition for youth in Ghana.
I have self-published a personal zine, Magic Spells from the Cosmic Dragon. Copies of the zine are available at: