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May 18

How to Manage Conflicting National Schedules

Happy Victoria Day. What do you do when your schedule and your clients’ schedule don’t line up? Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. I wrote about today’s holiday earlier: Victoria Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 11

How to Preserve Voice (and Recognize it, Too)

Tweet this quote.“Preserve the author’s voice,” editors are commonly told. But what IS voice? How to recognize the author’s voice and preserve it when style guidelines allow. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/how-to-preserve-voice-and-recognize-it-too/

May 08

Editing World News: updated software

The editing community is atwitter with news of the latest release of PerfectIt — a Word add-in many editors (and non-editors) use to automate mechanical consistency checks in manuscripts. Earlier this week I posted a detailed review on the official blog of the Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors’ Weekly). Today, it made the industry news post at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/editing-world-news-updated-software/

Apr 20

Edit Disturbing Stories Without Trauma

Tweet this post.“Sometimes you have to edit disturbing topics, and they can get to you.” Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com I share tips journalists use to mitigate these effects, from the advice of Gavin Reese in the Verification Handbook. #emjo

“Pay attention to your reactions. You may not even know that a subject will disturb you until you’re well into the edit. Start that self-care as soon as you can.”

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Apr 13

How to Ask a Client to Fill in for Delays

Tweet this post.Today I talk about squeezing more work from a delayed client without sounding whiny, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

Thanks to Amy Schneider — freelance editor at www.featherschneider.com — who provided the sage script. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/04/how-to-ask-a-client-to-fill-in-for-delays/

Mar 09

Find a Mentor to Boost Your Career Beyond Mid- or Sr Editor

Tweet this post.Models of mentoring that will help you learn and develop your editing career from new- or mid- or even senior-level. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/find-a-mentor-to-boost-your-career-beyond-mid-or-sr-editor/

Jan 12

Resolution: Spot the Red Flags

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Call this another resolution: This year, I’m going to spot the red flags.

21 red flags that signal bad projects, and the pitfalls they warn you of; today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. These are those little things that make you cringe and hold your breath. “Is this going to be one of those projects?” you hear your little voice say. “Those projects that turn from ‘Wee!’ to WEEE?” (Worst editing experience ever, Arlene Prunkl put it.)

 

Is this going to be one of those projects that turn from ‘Wee!’ to WEEE?

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/resolution-spot-the-red-flags/

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 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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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/

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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