I'm a regular reader of Rich Adin's An American Editor blog, so I was delighted when Rich invited me to write a guest article for him. An excerpt is provided below, but you can read the article in full by clicking on the "read more" link.
If you've not yet added An American Editor to your reading list, I'd recommend you take a look. The focus is very much on providing practical advice to editorial freelancers – the archives contain many useful and thought-provoking articles that address business skills, professional development, marketing, and editing tools.
The biggest reward I’ve received from my comprehensive marketing strategy is that I get a lot of offers of work…not just from publishers, but also from independent writers, students, business professionals, and individual academics. Being in a position whereby I have the opportunity to turn down work—either because I can’t fit it in or because I know of a particular colleague who can do a better job—is something I’ve striven for since I set up my professional proofreading business in 2005. Why? Because taking on work that I don’t have the required skill set for is a lose–lose for me and the client. I don’t want to do a mediocre job.
If you've not yet used macros to complement your beady eye when you're proofreading, you might like to take a look at my colleague Paul Beverley's handy ProofingPack.
The file contains eighteen ready-to-use macros aimed primarily at the proofreader (though copy-editors may find them useful too).
The beauty of this is that you can download all the macros in one go. Paul put this together to make life easier for those who are a little nervous about the installation process. Oh, and the pack is free, too!
A quick reminder: none of these macros will automatically change anything in the Word file you're working on. The macros highlight potential problems and give you the opportunity to amend or leave alone as you see fit.
To access the pack, download the files from his website and then read the "Instructions" file (or "Instructions_Mac"); there are only four steps to the process. To read information about what each macro does and how it can be used, download his book (see # 2 below).
Louise Harnby is a fiction line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who specializes in helping self-publishing writers prepare their novels for market.
She is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors, and runs online courses from within the Craft Your Editorial Fingerprint series. She is also an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and an Author Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Louise loves books, coffee and craft gin, though not always in that order.
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