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Taking the scenic route to life as a copy-editor

Those of us who choose to work as a professional copy-editor and proofreader often have a previous career history in a variety of fields, such as law, medicine, music or admin. Not everyone comes up through the publishing route (although deep down, I envy those fortunate souls – they already…

And now for the next chapter – fiction editing

With my six-month employment as a magazine editor finally over, I was delighted to be back in the freelance fold. I felt invigorated after conference, pumped with ideas and ready to inject new life into my editorial business. I’ve been working as a freelancer since 2009. Much of my work…

Final day of conference is filled with genius tips

I woke up on Monday morning – the final day of SfEP Conference 2018 – feeling sad. We still a full day of workshops and sessions ahead, but first came the practicalities of handing over keys and checking out. I shut the heavy door to my room for the final…

Lightning strikes as conference moves into day two

Sunday was the first day of conference proper. I woke really early and lay there feeling pretty nervous. I’d practised my lightning talk a few times and was confident I could get it all done in the allotted five minutes. However, I still wasn’t sure how well it flowed. So,…

We’re off to Lancaster for SfEP Conference 2018

Conference day dawned very early indeed. In fact, to say ‘dawned’ implies that light was involved. Not so. My alarm went off at 4.45am and it was both dark and eerily quiet when I dragged myself out of bed. The house was empty. My husband was in Ireland and the…

To blog, or not to blog, that is the question

The thought comes to many of us at some point in our freelance lives that we really should start a blog. As editors and proofreaders, we spend a lot of time correcting and rewriting other people’s words – that’s the job. So why not use our vast knowledge and experience…

How to get your editorial business noticed

When you work for yourself, the internet can feel overwhelming and over-populated. Trying to stand out from the crowd can leave people like us, running our own copy-editing and proofreading businesses, feeling very small indeed. It’s true that competition to rank highly in Google, Bing or Yahoo is fierce. But…