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If you’ve been reading my columns for a while, you’ll know of my love for checklists. The Canadian Style says a checklist “will help you to cover all pertinent facets of the writing process and to meet your deadlines.”Read More »
In the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about the challenges around—and some of the perks of—doing freelance work. If I haven’t discouraged you altogether, we’ve finally arrived at the nuts-and-bolts portion of our program!
What specifically do you need to start a freelance editing business? Besides, that is, commitment, a sense of adventure, and a healthy dose of fear?
While you won’t need as much money as most other startups do, you can’t start with nothing at all. Along with that cash on hand, you’ll also need a space in which to set up shop, and equipment and supplies to use.
In these days of fewer editors and shorter deadlines, working efficiently is necessary for survival. Today’s News Roundup has three tips for working smarter.
- “8 Tips to Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep Deeper”: Getting enough sleep is critical to being able to edit quickly and well. Start by sticking to a schedule. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “Re-think Your Daily Rituals for Better Work”: Are your rituals helping your efficiency or hurting it? (99U)
- “The Drama-Hater's Guide to Dealing with Office Politics ”: Office politics rob editors of work time like nothing else. Here’s how to minimize the...
The Materials Research Society (MRS) is seeking a technical editor to join its MRS Bulletin team in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Established more than 40 years ago, MRS is a 16,000-member, international, interdisciplinary organization that promotes research and communication concerning materials science. MRS Bulletin is a leading monthly publication that covers advanced materials research news, commentary, reviews, and more.
The technical editor will edit, proofread, and coordinate the publication of technical articles for MRS Bulletin; write and edit nontechnical materials; and oversee freelance associate technical editors.
This...Read More »
Even a good writer might be overwhelmed by the volume of changes their editor suggests. An inexperienced writer needs to hear that this is a normal process; typical. But when you’ve got writing that really does not grab you, and the author asks if they should just quit, what do you say?
I say, “There is a reader for every writer.”
And it’s true.
That reader might be your mom, but she’ll still read it. (I don’t say that part out loud.)
It might help the author to know that editing and their reaction is a normal process; that a heavily marked-up manuscript doesn’t mean they are unworthy. Most often, it just means that some of the house style points were missed and it’s your job to implement them.
Look, legend has it that...Read More »
Scrabble is a game of strategy, probability, mathematics, and knowledge of obscure words—probably ill-suited to most copyeditors, who focus on the practical use of words. No matter. Copyeditors love anything to do with words, and so one of the great sporting events on a copyeditors calendar took place last week in Buffalo, N.Y.
The 25th annual National Scrabble Championships saw perennial winner Nigel Richards finish in 16th place...Read More »
In the era of Facebook and Twitter we’re reposting all the time, so it’s no surprise a fellow editor would see someone refer to a clever repost instead of a clever riposte.
The word repost is a natural formation that goes back hundreds of years: To repost is simply to post again. Post, as in mail, referred originally to travel by relay of horses. But you could probably ask someone in the 17th century to repost a sign that fell down and you’d be understood.
A riposte is a sharp retort or reply. The word is used in fencing: a quick thrust in return. But fencing got the term in Italian and French from the idea of a reply. At some point, when spelling was less a worry, learned people sometimes called...Read More »
We’ve got a little bit of everything in today’s News Roundup. Check it out!
- “Broadcast(ed) and Forecast(ed)”: Why something that has been broadcast can also have been broadcasted. (Macmillan Dictionary Blog)
- “‘Each’ Has Its Place”: When you can pair each with a plural verb. (Grammar Guide)
- “New Questions and Answers”: August’s wisdom includes the past tense of text, the acceptability of comma splices, and the verb form of login. (The Chicago Manual of Style Online)
What comes to mind? Picky grammar scolding? Reliable, resourceful, punctual? How about fun, fussy, or boring? How about cats, pyjamas, thick glasses, and dusty books? Or are you thinking of something more like the comic book representations of growly, harried newspaper editors? (Spoiler: there is an editor of every kind.)
Branding is on the minds of Canadian editors this week, as the national association* started rolling out the results of their rebranding exercise with a new logo and look for the blog and social media pages.
It’s hard to comment on the new look and style, since it’s unclear which parts of it are fixed and which will morph and change over time, reflecting the “always updating” nature of today’s online media. Questions about the only official public...Read More »
So last week I approached the hard part of deciding to start a freelance business: the mindset. Oh, there will be challenges galore in the weeks and months (and years) to come, sans doute: but the real work is in your head.
And today I’d like to talk about the flip side to that mindset, the positives. Believe me, there are many.
Let’s start by talking time, because it’s one of the greatest gifts of freelancing. If I need to get my hair cut on a Wednesday afternoon, I can do that. If I’m walking on the beach in the morning—my favorite way to start the day—and I decide to stay a little longer, I can do that. If the grocery store is crowded beyond belief on the weekend, I can do my shopping Monday instead.
Of course, that’s because I don’t “...Read More »