I recently received an email from someone who is new to editing and wants to start freelancing. They were hoping I could provide some advice - and you know me; I love sharing what I've learned (and learning new things from others, too!).
I am just wondering if you would be willing to provide some guidance to a newbie in the freelance editing field. Where would you suggest I might start out looking for editing work?
Congratulations on your shift into freelancing! As far as where you should start, it really depends on what your background is (including your education and experience in this field), as well as what direction you want to go in as a freelancer (for example, if you want to focus on a specific niche or genre).I'd recommend checking in your local area, particularly among friends and family, for work to start with to build up your portfolio (such as with a community newsletter or proofreading a friend's website). There's also certainly work through online freelancing platforms, and those sites can be a good way to establish your online presence, although they often don't pay very well. The nice things about those types of websites is that they give you the opportunity to edit in a variety of different genres, which can help you figure out the direction you want to take your editing business in.
Of course, I strongly recommend you take a couple courses in editing if you don't already have some educational background (after all, the skill of editing is a fundamental part of this job!). Ideally, getting the courses at a university or through a professional body like the Editors' Association of Canada would be the most valuable.
I'll actually be releasing an e-book on this topic in the new year, so I'll keep you posted once it's published as it could be a useful resource for you.
Hope this helps, and best of luck!
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If you're a freelancer, is there anything else you would share with the above reader? Did I miss anything here that you would add? If you're interested in becoming a freelancer or starting a small business, do you have any questions of your own that you would like answered? Share in the comments section below!
NaNoWriMo has come and gone, but if you're still looking for inspiration for your writing, look no further! These five tips for getting inspired to write will help you come up with new story ideas (or refresh a current story you're working on):
1) Get outside for some fresh air. Take a little notebook and a camera with you and get outside for a walk. Snap a photo of anything you see which is pretty, interesting, or captivates you in some way. Stop to sit down at a bench and jot down ideas or passages as they come to you. You can even carry a tape recorder (or, you know, use the recording device on your smartphone ;)) to go with stream of consciousness and say aloud whatever comes to you.
2) Read a great book. There is so much inspiration to be found within the pages of a good book.
3) Take a trip to the art gallery. Check out some masterpieces at a local art gallery, from oil paintings to sculptures to engravings to sketches. You might just come up with the next Girl with a Pearl Earring!
4) Listen to instrumental music. Think of an epic movie soundtrack, for example. You can also listen to music with words, if the crescendos and rhythms are commanding enough that you can write with the music as a background piece rather than it drawing your attention (every time I listen to Muse, I'm struck at how well they've achieved this balance).
5) Have a conversation with someone you love talking to. It always amazes me at how much inspiration I can get from having a really great conversation. Sometimes the inspiration will come out of a normal, everyday conversation that has nothing to do with my book idea, and other times, it really helps to have a deliberate brainstorming session (or to just get someone to ask you questions about what they want to know about your story).
Where do you find inspiration for your writing? What inspires you? Is there anything you would add to this list? Share in the comments section below!
Some of you might find the below infographic interesting! I'd love to know your thoughts: what do you think an online article should cost?
Personally I tend to feel that around $100 / article is the "sweet spot," but it certainly depends on a variety of factors (including things like the writer's background education and experience, if we're talking American dollar or Canadian dollar, the subject matter of the article, the number of rounds of writing required, and more).