Oct 20

2 Ways to Boost Confidence in Your Editing Skills

Sometimes the thing standing between you and your dream gig is the confidence to go for it. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I give two ways to check your own skills to become more confident in them.

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Oct 17

LOTW Oct 11–17

Awesomeness for editors from the (very busy) interwebs this week: pricing strategies and psyching out clients editorial services selection flowchart proofreader’s marks around the world book with no pictures, for kids, for the win 10,000 hours: why it’s a myth and why it hurts ghostwriting costs magazine self-publishing’s superstar falls on its sword best book …

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Oct 16

How to Manage Too Much Work — Surviving Crazy-Busy

How to manage too much work: strategies for surviving times of crazy-busy, as all feast-or-famine freelancers must, eventually. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. As a bonus for my blog readers, here are some of my suggestions for each strategy:

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Oct 16

Project Checklist & Timeline for Non-Publishers

Use this printable checklist, scheduler, and glossary to plan your publishing project and keep in on track. Includes information on how long the various stages take: manuscript development, copy editing, securing visuals, getting permissions, layout and proofreading (and more) what is done at each stage links to instant calculators and more detailed descriptions/ standards

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Oct 15

Proofreader’s Marks

Proofreaders mark up printers’ proofs with symbols to indicate corrections that need to be made. The are by no means standard. A look at what Canadians use, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.  

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Oct 14

Even Wordsmiths Need a Stylus

What is a stylus mouse You probably know you can use a stylus on your iPad or touchscreen phone. There are stylus that work like a mouse for your computer, too. To make a stylus interact with your computer, usually you have to use it on a special mouse pad — the tablet part of …

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Oct 10

LOTW Oct 4–10

Awesomeness for editors from the interwebs this week: A pop music video about books, an extensive roundup of marketing advice for freelancers, proper nouns for baby animals, understanding the deep web (and how it’s unstoppable), tips for editing web content, how to be a social media superstar, the case in favour of democratizing language, even homogenization, …

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Oct 08

Why Editing Matters in Self-Publishing

Today, for my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I spoke with award nominee Clare Marshall about self-publishing her shortlisted YA scifi title Dreams in Her Head.

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Oct 06

Put Down the Darts and Pick Up the Timer

Stop throwing darts at a board when you need to estimate. Track your pace so you have the data to estimate a project with confidence. What you need to track and how to start, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.     In this series: The Art of the Upsell: using three-tier pricing to get …

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Oct 05

Stop Wasting Time on Estimates (podcast)

Learn how to get a ballpark estimate on the table asap to avoid pointless estimates. That’s the topic of this episode, an extended look at a topic that I serialized on the Copyediting blog. Press play below or subscribe to have this sent automatically to your podcatcher/ iTunes, or right-click to download the file. 14 min

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