Yearly Archives: 2011

Test Taking Tips For Editors

February 27, 2011

My test-taking anxiety began in elementary school. I could study until the cows came home, know the material cold, and still flunk the test the next day. But as a freelance editor, I’m regularly asked to take editing tests.

I’ve searched online and offline for strategies freelancers can use on these tests, and I‘ve even suggested test-taking classes to editing instructors. Media Bistro offers a class for taking editing tests, and Karen Judd discusses test-taking … Read more.

Finding Your Niche, Part Three

February 7, 2011

In the first part of my Finding Your Niche series, Laura Poole, founder of Archer Editorial Services (www.archereditorial.com) and co-founder of Editorial Bootcamp (www.editorialbootcamp.com), answered my questions. Laura has more than 15 years’ experience in the publishing industry, specializing in scholarly nonfiction for such clients as Oxford University Press and Duke University Press. On Twitter, she is @lepoole. In the second part of this series, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, ELS, answered my questions. Katharine is a medical … Read more.

Finding Your Niche, Part Two

January 30, 2011

In the first part of my Finding Your Niche series, Laura Poole, founder of Archer Editorial Services (www.archereditorial.com) and co-founder of Editorial Bootcamp (www.editorialbootcamp.com), answered the thirteen questions I asked three editors about finding your niche. She presented an interesting perspective and provided great answers to my questions. In this post, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, ELS, answers the same questions. Katharine has been in publishing for 27 years, the first 11 as a production editor for various … Read more.

The Career Leap from Proofreader to Editor

January 26, 2011

The following is a guest blog post I wrote for Shakirah Dawud. It appears on her website at: http://deliberateink.com/the-career-leap-from-proofreader-to-editor You can also read that post here. Either way, I hope you enjoy.

Welcome Cassie Armstrong of Morningstar Editing, a self-styled “newbie” copyeditor who has had the wisdom, generosity, and humility to chronicle her career leap into copyediting. She also provides more resources than I thought it was possible to cram into so few words! Aspiring … Read more.

Finding Your Niche, part one

January 18, 2011

Everyone dreams of working in a profession where going to work every day is a joy, not a drudgery. Editors are no exception. Like teachers, doctors, and writers, editors often specialize in one area. That specialization comes after an editor has proven herself as dependable and competent and has made a name for herself. Establishing yourself as an editor takes time. Finding your specialization might take even longer. After four years, I’m not at the … Read more.