Being self-employed as an editorial professional doesn't have to be feast or famine. If you market your services consistently, not just when you're out of projects to work on, you'll be able to say good-bye to dry spells. And for your marketing to be successful, you have to do it in a way that is true to who you are. I enthusiastically recommend Louise Harnby's book, Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business, because it shows you, step by step, how to do that.
Harnby’s book, Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business, demonstrates that any of us can do successful marketing ... It is the first book on marketing for freelancers that I would whole-heartedly recommend. It covers the essentials in sufficient detail for any freelancer to start a successful marketing campaign. Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business is a must-have book in my library. I learned quite a bit that I was unaware of and that I am not taking advantage of in my marketing efforts, which I will think about rectifying. I am convinced that freelancers who follow Harnby’s advice – and persist in their marketing efforts – will ultimately find themselves overwhelmed with offers for work.
There’s plenty of smart advice to be found here. Louise Harnby never wastes a sentence – every section tackles a fresh marketing concept or suggests helpful marketing tactics, expertly tailored to what editors need to know in practice. I also appreciate the book’s emphasis on value, which is something I try very hard to communicate to my clients – it’s so important to create (and, if you can, influence) a conversation with your market about all the ways editing adds value to publishing. For me, that’s what effective editorial marketing strategy is all about, and this book focuses on practical, non-jargonny ways to do it. Highly recommended.
A comprehensive, engaging and actionable guide to developing a proofreading business. This book offers valuable information on a wide range of topics and issues pertinent to running a successful proofreading venture. Highly recommended.
Louise Harnby is a highly experienced proofreader with a strong background in publishing and also marketing. She is also an engaging writer with a friendly, inviting style that will draw you in rather than scare you off – which is important because this book is quite long considering it focuses on one aspect of being a freelancer (longer than her previous book, in fact, which was more of a general introduction to running an editorial business). Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business is jam-packed with invaluable insights from Louise and her colleagues – read it, apply it to your own editorial business and you won't go far wrong!
The marketing plan is a stroke of genius ... [I]f you’re in the early stages of an editorial career, perhaps especially if you are not sure of the market in which you wish to work, ... read it cover to cover.
Harnby has put together a collection of excellent advice for anyone who is starting out or who would like to give their business a boost.
I just finished your book Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business. WOW! I consider it to be the Bible for new freelance copyeditors and proofreaders. What a fantastic collection of case scenarios and insider information. Your book is a MUST HAVE for people like me who are trying to take a part-time copyediting/proofreading business to full-time.