These are not the production steps, but the stages that each editor goes through when editing. I learned this at Jim Taylor’s workshop on Eight Step Editing, one of the most popular offerings of the Editors’ Association of Canada. These stages rang so true that I’ve had them posted on my wall for nearly two decades:
Copyediting’s own publisher, McMurry/TMG, is seeking freelance copyeditors to partner with its content marketing teams. McMurry/TMG has 30 years of custom-publishing experience and is now the largest content-marketing agency in the United States. It connects companies and prospective clients or customers by providing genuinely useful content.
Cassie Armstrong is a recovering English teacher who has been freelance editing for seven years and is the sole proprietor of MorningStar Editing, where her current concentration is craft books and cookbooks. She also copyedits fiction and other nonfiction, does manuscript evaluations, and is learning about developmental editing.
What path have you taken to get where you are today?
Freelance copyeditors are often interested in working with self-publishing, or indie, authors, but are stumped at how to find such clients.
The number of self-published books is growing. In 2012, 391,000 titles were self-published, according to Bowker. And the smart indie author knows how important editing is to the success of their book. It makes sense, then, for freelancers to want to connect with these authors.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but call editing “quality control” and you can charge a lot more.
That is my take-away from the salary survey by Ontario’s Registered Graphic Designers. They even label this person QC, with “proofreader” noted in brackets. In graphic design firms, proofreaders are paid an average of $54.40 an hour. They bill out those services to clients at an average of $88 per hour.