Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers is a clear-eyed introduction by a realistic counselor.
This is exactly the book that would-be editorial freelancers need to read before setting up their businesses. Author Louise Harnby gives practical, straightforward business advice and backs it up with portraits of successful editorial professionals. The case studies are quite instructive and inspiring. I will highly recommend Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers to all of the editors I mentor.
[A] savvy and realistic guide ... Louise combines a business-first approach with a richly informative overview of the profession that will be invaluable to newbies ... If you’re thinking of setting out on the journey to becoming a freelance editorial professional, make sure this is the first book you read.
[...] invaluable to copyeditors who want to run their own businesses, and you can refer to it frequently as you build your empire. It will even teach something to those of us who have been freelancing for a while. At full price, the book is well worth the investment to succeed with your new business.
This guide is essential reading for anyone thinking of setting themselves up as a freelance editor or, as Louise Harnby emphasises throughout, an editorial business owner.
Everybody: if you want to be a freelancer, read this book. If you want to be an editor: read it. If you’re well into your career and stuck – in need of a direction: read it. This guide will save you tons of time. It will help you shape the path you are on, so you get where you want to be.
Helpful, hopeful, yet realistic about the challenges ahead, this book will leave its readers better informed, and therefore better prepared, for their entry into this highly competitive field.
I recently purchased a copy of your book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish your book had been around when I started out with freelance editing. I especially appreciated the 'case studies.' I think freelancers who are starting out will be able to see themselves in some of those stories ... You’ve also given freelancers helpful action steps for building their businesses, and all of it in a highly readable package.
[D]elivers exactly what its title promises. It's a straightforward, incredibly helpful presentation of things independent contractors need to consider – and it's as useful for those expanding and growing their businesses as it is for those just getting started. Full of specific examples and helpful advice addressing a range of editorial services, Louise Harnby's book is one I'll turn to repeatedly as I take my business to the next level.
An excellent overview for the budding editor and those trying to improve their business. I wish I had this book years ago when I was starting out. It contains years of knowledge and experience that will be valuable to anyone looking at entering this competitive industry.
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