Book review: Networking for Freelance Editors Workbook: Practical Strategies for Networking Success
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by Sue
1M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 Brittany Dowdle and Linda Ruggeri (Insightful Editor, 2021) 174pp, $29.99 paperback, $12.99 ebook from the authors (also available in Spanish), £25.79 hardback, £17.65 paperback on Amazon UK (as at 22 June 2024), ISBN: 9781736420508 There are two words almost certain to strike fear into most stereotypical freelance editors, those shy, retiring folks who sit alone with their computer and dictionaries: networking and marketing. This book tackles how to use one to achieve the other. Make no mistake – this is a workbook. There are many pages with prompts to stimulat ..read more
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How do copyeditors work? 4 key principles of good editing
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by Sue
1M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 Short answer: carefully! Long answer? Here goes! How a copyeditor approaches their work depends on a great deal – how they were taught, their own preferences and, of course, what the work demands and what the client demands, as context is all. I spend time each week talking to a great bunch of folks in our Cloud Club West meetings, under the aegis of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. We work in many different genres: fiction, business, academic, travel, scholarly, memoir, wine, gaming… but what is clear is that we work to the same strong underpinning pr ..read more
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6 tips for writing your first scholarly book
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by Sue
2M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 I think it’s fair to say that most scholars have a few journal articles under their belts by the time it comes to write their first book – they’re not novices. Yet I know that the authors I’ve worked with who have made the leap from articles to books have been a little nervous about the whole process. There are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your first book for publication. Books are not just, say, eight or ten times as long as an article – the intricacy goes up exponentially, so it makes good sense to lay down good practice from the outset. Here are my top 6 ..read more
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Why is copyediting important?
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by Sue
3M ago
I was at lunch with some old friends from university when one of them decided to explain to me that my job is utterly unimportant, that no one cares about mistakes in books, and that nobody notices them, anyway. © Sue Littleford 2024 Aside from being well towards the rude end of the thoughtless​​rude spectrum, my friend was also factually wrong. People do notice mistakes, people do care about them – just witness comments on online retail sites and reviews just about anywhere – and errors in writing can have serious consequences. My friend was also overlooking that they read only edited text wi ..read more
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Customer service for freelancers – and for their clients
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by Sue
4M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 True story: I once had to chase a client for payment. The due date was missed, so I emailed. I was told the same day that the project manager had emailed their manager and accountant to find out what was going on and to chase payment. Six days later I emailed again. That email was ignored. I waited five more days and emailed a third time, adding ‘3rd reminder’ to the subject line. The manager hadn’t authorised my payment before going on a business trip to China, and his staff were having difficulty reaching him. Someone else in the company would now be responsible for pur ..read more
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1 copyeditor, 60 invaluable life lessons
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by Sue
4M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 It’s safe to say that all proofreaders and copyeditors did something before they started out. Here are some of the things I learned that I still use every single day, though none of them in themselves are about editing. Brownies and Guides I was a Sixer and a Patrol Leader, so early on I was learning about teams, about working together for a common goal within my own team and in conjunction with others, yet not to be afraid to stick my neck out and do things off my own bat. School Deadlines! Thou shalt have thy homework in on time! Show your workings. Quality output pleas ..read more
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Handling comments in Word
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by Sue
4M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 Judging by the files I receive to edit, authors sometimes struggle a bit with the comments function in Word. This is the fourth and final part of my mini-series on working with tracked changes as an author. I’ve previously written about why I don’t recommend tracking each and every change, knowing which buttons to press as you try to navigate the changes that are tracked and how to work with a file when it comes back to you to accept or reject a gazillion tracked changes. This time, to round things off, I’m going to take a look at comments – those conversations going on a ..read more
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Working with a tracked changes file
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by Sue
5M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 This is the third article of four in a short series on working with tracked changes. You can also read about why I don’t believe every change should be tracked, and which buttons to press when you have changes tracked in your file. If you’re a complete novice, or a bit out of practice with tracked changes files, perhaps read up on which buttons do what, first. But now, let’s think about how you’re going to approach the job when your file comes back full of tracked changes and you need to decide what to accept and what to reject. So here’s what I recommend. Scenario 1: the ..read more
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Navigating Tracked Changes in Word: a quick guide
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by Sue
6M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 This is the second in a short series on tracked changes. You can also read about why I don’t believe every change should be tracked. Editors know that many clients aren’t very familiar with handling files that have the changes tracked, and that those clients can find it alarming when they don’t know which buttons to use to show, or not show, the tracking. If you, as an author, have your typescript come back full of tracked changes, are you comfortable with how to display things, or accept a whole lot in one go? There’s no reason why every client should be a Word wiz, so h ..read more
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4 reasons I don’t track every change in Word, for better results
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by Sue
6M ago
© Sue Littleford 2024 This is the first of a short series of articles on tracked changes – the next two (to be published over the next month) will look at which buttons to press in Word to work with tracked changes, and how an author is best advised to approach the file from their editor or other reviewers, full of tracked changes and comments. I recently took on a new publisher client, a university press, and I’ve been asked to track every change until we get used to each other (which is turning out to mean with every new project manager who sends me a book I have to go back to the start!). S ..read more
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