New freelance editor? Start here.

If you’re thinking about becoming a freelance editor or proofreader, you need to read Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters by Louise Harnby. With chapters on everything from the importance of crafting a business plan to promotion and networking, its business-first approach will get you started on the right foot. Too many forget that we’re business people who happen to edit, rather than the other way around. This lack of foresight can severely handicap growth and success.

The book is packed with great tips that wouldn’t have occurred to me on my own. For instance, try contacting publishers before the holidays when their regulars might not be taking on new work. Profiles of other freelancers who entered the field within the past two years were an inspiring end to the main book.

The collection of resources at the back was also very useful. In fact, my post was delayed this morning because I was busy going back through my original highlighting to sign up for more newsletters, join more organizations, download more software, and take advantage of other notes that weren’t as relevant to me a few short months ago.

In all, the first sentence of the introduction is completely true: “If you are considering setting up your own editorial freelance business, this guide is for you.”

 

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