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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.

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Dec 08

How to Raise Your Rates

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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.
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Nov 13

A Colour Hack to Sharpen Your Editing Eyes

photo of printed text viewed through a blue ruler and a yellow rulerChanging the background colour of your document can trick your brain into seeing the words in a whole new way. People with reading disabilities (such as dyslexia) have had great success with this hack. To change the colour, you can use

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  • a sheet of coloured acetate
  • coloured glasses
  • background colour of the onscreen doc
  • a coloured ruler

How a Ruler Can Trick Your Brain

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/11/a-colour-hack-to-sharpen-your-editing-eyes/

Oct 27

7 Ways to Get Style Sheet Buy-in

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Tweet this quote.Seven tactics you can use to get buy-in for house style, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

How do you get buy-in? Does it even matter? What are your negotiable style points and which will you defend to the top of the mountain?

 

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Oct 23

Music to Edit By

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Music can help or hinder your editing, get genre and source recommendations in my extra post on Copyediting.com today. Plus, you won’t believe what I listen to.
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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

 

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/10/music-to-edit-by/

Oct 16

How to Manage Too Much Work — Surviving Crazy-Busy

Tweet this quote.crazy busy CE graphicHow 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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Sep 29

Stop Wasting Time on Estimates

photo looking down on skeptical-looking man who has yellow leaves falling on himAre you spending hours developing accurate estimates specific to a project only to hear the client say “That’s ten times what I thought I’d have to spend”?

Tweet this quote.Stop it. Stop it now.

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Sep 22

The Art of the Upsell

close up photo of hamburger with French friesHow to put “Would you like fries with that?” to work in your business without feeling like a fast-food clerk. Three-tier pricing, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Aug 25

How to Handle a Crying Author

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I say, “There is a reader for every writer.”

And it’s true.

That reader might be your mom, but she’ll still read it. (I don’t say that part out loud.)

 

Encouraging words for downtrodden writers, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Aug 11

When Lives Depend on the Words

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How to deal with the emotional and legal risks of working on words that could save, or cost, or even just ruin a life, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Related post last week: There’s a mistake in my copy!

 

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