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.

From Little Things Big Things Grow

April 26, 2013

I’ve been freelancing for more than six years. When I first started, my goal was to have projects on the calendar ahead of schedule. I knew it would take time to achieve this goal, but I didn’t think it would take six years. It has!

For the first time in six years, I’ve met my goal! I’m booked through June. This year I‘ve been busy with editing projects since the beginning of January. I’m thrilled! … Read more.

Put It In Writing

November 5, 2012

Working without a net

Most of you wouldn’t think of beginning an editing project, or making a major purchase, without a contract in place. I was like that, too. I never began a new project without either a signed contract on file or an email where both parties made it clear what they would and would not do. But I didn’t do that with a recent project. That mistake cost me time and money. Take … Read more.