Adrienne (scieditor)

Author's details

Name: Adrienne (scieditor)
Date registered: May 25, 2011
URL: http://www.catchthesun.net

Biography

An editor of words, mostly those in instructional materials — and mostly on technical subjects such as science.

Latest posts

  1. How to Quote on Your First Job — December 18, 2014
  2. WLU Press Threatened with Closure — December 17, 2014
  3. Resolution: Find Better Assignments — December 15, 2014
  4. LOTW 50, 2014 — December 12, 2014
  5. How to Raise Your Rates — December 8, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 14 comments
  3. How to Find Freelance Editing Work — 10 comments
  4. Thinking of a Career in Editing? — 9 comments
  5. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec 18

How to Quote on Your First Job

Tweet this post.So you’ve got your first inquiry for a paid gig. Con.grats! Now what?

Ahhhh! Flail around in a panic!!! (Step 1 of editing)

Step 2: stand in a superwoman pose for 2 min (I am dead serious. It’s science.)

Step 3: go read definitions of stages of editing and pace thereof. (I’m still clearing vandalism from the site, but eventually the instant estimator will be working again. You can use that to help figure out timing, but it’s based on my rate.)

Step 4: as a new starter, ask for the amount you need [mathemagic voodoo symbol] what they can pay. You can refer to this guide otherwise.

Also, read Melanie Thompson’s Pricing a Project guide which includes great forms for project briefs and more.

Now, go get ‘em, tiger. You can do this.

flying frogs by David Blackwell CC BY-ND 2.0

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/how-to-quote-on-your-first-job/

Dec 17

WLU Press Threatened with Closure

scissors cutting into WLU Press logo

Tweet this post.Should a university keep it’s press running if it can’t fund itself? WLU’s internationally renowned press faces closure. More today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/wlu-press-threatened-with-closure/

Dec 15

Resolution: Find Better Assignments

boy peering at ice cream in bubbleTo find better clients, you have to be able to recognize them. Start with an “ideal client profile” and resolve to make 2015 your best year in business—yet.

Tweet this post.Learn how today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

We’ve already talked about raising your rates and collecting on those overdue invoices. We’ll talk more about how to “no your way to success” in the coming weeks.
Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Hartwig HDK used under CC BY-ND 2.0 license. 

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/resolution-find-better-assignments/

Dec 12

LOTW 50, 2014

No news from the interwebs this week, sorry. Whole world must be in the grips of snowdrifts. Therefore, here are some helpful Daleks.
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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/lotw-50-2014/

Dec 08

How to Raise Your Rates

close up of dollar in hand with skeevy looking guy reaching out for it

Tweet this quote.“My advice to anyone starting out freelancing?” says freelance editor Barb Adamski. “Double your rates at least once in your career.” Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.
Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by David Goehring, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/how-to-raise-your-rates/

Dec 05

LOTW 49, 2014

Picks from the interwebs this week, for my word- and tech-nerd peeps:
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  • first pages of the literary standards, reset in modern times
  • language analysis of online reviews (it’s positive & useful)
  • snow sculpture interpretation of Moby Dick
  • week of the year: there’s an ISO standard

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/lotw-49-2014/

Dec 03

8 Ways a Ruler Rocks Editing

Tweet this quote.close up on numbers 789 on a clear rulerHow do you use a ruler when editing? I list 8 uses for rulers at (not of) the editing desk, today in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Theilr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license. 

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/8-ways-a-ruler-rocks-editing/

Dec 01

4 Steps for Collecting on Overdue Accounts

close up of dollar in hand with skeevy looking guy reaching out for itTweet this post.First of the month seems like a good day to talk about getting paid. How many invoices of yours are overdue? Follow these 4 steps to collect on overdue accounts, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/12/4-steps-for-collecting-on-overdue-accounts/

Nov 28

LOTW Nov 22–28

The interwebs must have been preoccupied this week: only 3 finds this week for word and science geeks:

  • what good fact checking looks like
  • plain language guide for health information
  • amazing macro shots (of frozen bubbles!)

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/11/lotw-nov-22-28/

Nov 26

Canadian Capitalization Conundrums

Tweet this quote.Capitalization is probably second only to spelling as a source of confusion and ambivalence for Canadian editors.

— Editing Canadian English

 

A glimpse at Canadian Press‘ 27+ page capitalization guide. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Spoiler: we prefer down style.

 

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

close up of black shift key

 

Photo by Dan Foy, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/11/canadian-capitalization-conundrums/

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