Yearly Archives: 2013

Happy New Year!

December 29, 2013

January is my anniversary month. As of January 2014, I’ve been a full-time freelance editor for seven years. I love my job! I do it because I have to—not to pay the bills but for my sanity. I’ve learned a lot in seven years. I have so much more to learn, but I have the patience and drive to continue learning and growing until I can’t physically do this any longer.

While I don’t make … Read more.

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

I know it’s politically correct now to wish everyone happy holidays. I always wish the kids in school a happy winter solstice. I wish you that too but that was yesterday, and I’m a day behind.

More than anything, I hope this time of year finds you filled with the wonder you had as a child and is the happiest time of the year for you all.

May the next few weeks be filled with … Read more.

An Editorial Freelancer’s Guide to a Business Plan: Should You Write One?

December 3, 2013

I’ve been a freelance editor for almost seven years. In those seven years, I never took the time to write a business plan. Sure, I thought about it, and I jotted down specific goals and made long term plans, but I never wrote those goals and plans down in an organized outline form. That changed a few weeks ago.

As a freelance editor, have you written a business plan? If you haven’t, it’s time to … Read more.

The Famine Phase in the Feast or Famine Cycle of Freelancing: Curse or Benefit?

November 13, 2013

You’re in the famine phase of the feast or famine cycle of freelancing. You’re worried and you’re panicking. What do you do?

Do you:

• Start beating the bushes looking for any new freelancing gig. • Hold your own pity party. • Take time to recharge your batteries. • Pause for a minute and reflect where you’ve been and where you need to be.

If you’re like me, you’ll do all of the above. The … Read more.

Don’t Put All Your Researching Eggs in One Basket

November 3, 2013

In a previous blog post I wrote about researching possible publishing clients using the library to do your research. I sang the praises of The Literary Marketplace. I also talked about the importance of visiting a local bookstore when compiling a list of potential clients. I still believe both are important. However after receiving an e-mail from a potential client a few weeks ago, I think it’s better to visit the bookstore or publisher’s website … Read more.