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Meet Emily: Q/A with Emily Marcum, Writer & Editor

Emily Marcum

Travel aficionada
Extensive reader
Avid tea drinker

What do you do at The Grossbauer Group?

I write copy, edit content, and proofread everything—looking for stray commas, dangling participles, or the dreaded passive tense. (You know, the stuff you hated in high school.)

What are 3 words that describe The Grossbauer Group?

Collaborative. Precise. Innovative.

What makes you feel good about the work you do?

When someone appreciates the value of the work itself, not necessarily the effort behind it. I feel awkward when someone praises the effort that has gone into the work, but feel gratified when he or she is happy with the end result.

Emily and Jake Marcum

What are you passionate about in work?

Choosing detailed and specific words. Helping clients meet their communication goals.

How do you get unstuck?

Step away from the project. Look at creative photos (Pinterest and Instagram are both great for pretty pictures). Brew myself a new cup of tea. Read a related article or blog post.

What does creativity mean to you?

Intentionally finding or making beauty around you by choosing to look at things in a new way.

dragons in a drawing
blue pumpkin

What's on your work bookshelf?

Classic book? The Chicago Manual of Style. Grammar nerd book? Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World.

What are your core values as a writer?

An authentic writing style (nobody wants to read a blatant sales pitch), honesty (staying true to the original writer's voice when making edits), and creativity (can I write this concept in a fresh new way?).

How do you spend your weekends?

I'm pretty new to the area, so most weekends my husband and I go exploring. We try to visit one new place or restaurant a week. I typically spend Sunday afternoons reading, watching a documentary on Netflix, or baking.

What brings you joy?

Color coding, every dog I've ever met, fresh flowers, Anthropologie, and children's books.

What does Christmas smell like to you?

Scotch tape, gingerbread, dried oranges, and a dash of real, live pine tree.

Will you give us 3 tracks from your working playlist?

Liars, Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony
Kansas City, The New Basement Tapes
The Mates of Soul, Taylor John Williams

What's your worst real-life fear?

Jury duty.

Would you tell us a story?

One of my mottos is I'll eat anything once, and it's certainly put some interesting things on my plate. I've eaten guinea pig (cuy) in Peru, pickled pigs' ears in Spain, and fried crickets. But more often than not, it's brought some tasty treats my way (I'm looking at you, steamed dumplings and churros con chocolate).

What's on your to-do list this year?

Finish a children's book that I've been working on.