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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”?

Stop it. Stop it now.

Find out how, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Tweet this quote.

How do you screen clients to make sure you’re in the same ballpark? Leave your comments below, on Facebook, or on the  Copyediting.com blog. We want to learn from you!

Listen to the podcast on this topic for an extended discussion, more case studies and resources.

About this guy I asked for advice: I could fill an entire blog post describing why Greg Ioannou is a person whose advice counts for a lot. Besides having always been generous with advice, he owns of Colbourne Communications (an editing business with several employees as well as a small press), is a founding member of EAC, and teaches editing at a university.

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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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Me? I’m thinking of adding kick-in-the-pants service to my developmental and copy editing clients, since I don’t do project management. Offering developmental edits to my copy editing clients (and CE to my proofreading clients) is how I moved up the editorial chain, so I know this upselling works.

What are you going to offer as add-ons?

 

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For other takes on this topic, refer to the podcast episode as well as Ed Gandia’s Freelancers Academy podcast: The Smarter Freelancing Podcast, episode 15.

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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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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

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Ten telltales that will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions, or at least clean up the formatting. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Photo by the author. Credit for “lifted” text pasted on the screen in the photo: Fare Well Farm, CSA farm share.

 

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Jul 28

How to Edit the VIP and Keep Your Job

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How to edit the VIP and keep your job. (Tweet this) Tips for treading lightly, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

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Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

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Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

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Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Jul 14

How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word

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This week in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.

 

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Jul 07

How to See and Insert Non-Printing Characters in Word

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Reveal and insert non-printing characters to control and troubleshoot formatting in MS Word. Do you know what these symbols mean?

non-breaking space character from Word Mac 11¶ · o ? ¬ ¤

 

Find out today — and learn how to make them, too — in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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