Tag Archive: networking

May 20

Survive and thrive at a conference

As the annual editors’ conference approaches, my mind turns to the strategies others have taught me over the years.

  1. Have strategies to meet people
  2. Take names
  3. Wear comfortable shoes
  4. Plan for down time
  5. Update your avatar
  6. Follow up

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Nov 24

How to Find Freelance Editing Work

i can haz edit?

An editor just told me she’s desperate for work and striking out in the freelance world. She’s not awake yet, so I looked her up everywhere I could think of, to find out what kind of editing she does. I have potential clients for her, if she has the subject matter experience.

She has ZERO professional presence online.


404 Editor Not Found


I still don’t think that having an online presence is THE way to get work. But NOT having one is a good way to prevent offers.


Consider the world wide web to be integral in the modern-day network:

  1. Meet people
  2. Fill in your profiles
  3. Interact online
  4. Create your own content



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May 09

Social Media 123

There's nothing quite like taking the social out of social events.

Last year I threw out 350 of the 500 business cards that I printed when I first set out as a freelancer, 14 years ago. So how should I be marketing? Editors and authors often wonder (with me) if social media deserves the hype it gets, and if it is something they must learn to use. In my article on “Social Media for Editors,” I wrote:

  1. It is the real world.
  2. Promotion is about being top of mind.
  3. Do it well, or not at all.
  4. E-whatever is for-e-ver.

There are fruitful contacts to be made through social media. Go where your clients are. Go where you like to spend time. And for the love of humanity, if you are in a place where there are people and colleagues and clients, spend time with them. [And hand out those business cards.] Read the rest of this entry »


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