At the recent Norfolk Group meeting of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, which took place in Norwich on 12 March 2013, the members in attendance jointly agreed to publicize a summary of the discussion that took place on time-saving tips.
One of the most interesting things that came out of the meeting was how many people almost didn't bother sharing a particular tip because they assumed it was so basic that everyone else would already know it ... and how many other members of the group then responded with "I wish I'd known that" or "I've never noticed that before"! This is where face-to-face meetings with colleagues really come into their own. Yes, online discussion groups can foster wonderful debates, but their threaded nature tends to lose the fluidity that emerges when people actually get together.
If you've not yet joined your local SfEP group, take a look at the Local Groups page on the SfEP website to find out where your nearest meeting is.
Here, then, are our top time-saving tips for editorial freelancers. Some are more involved than others but there's bound to be something in the following list that you've not tried.
Short-cut keys and useful functions
Hardware, software and utilities
Macros and auxiliary tools
Sensible advice and good practice
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