Upping my Game with Editing in Word 2016, 2nd Edition
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After using Microsoft Word 2007 for what seems like FOREVER, I finally upgraded to Word 2016 earlier this year and decided to purchase the second edition of Editing in Word 2016 to see if I could learn any new tricks. I consider myself a pretty advanced user of Word, but reading this book helped me […]

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Style Guides and Serial Killers: How Language Can Help Solve Crimes
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Note: This post was adapted from content I originally published in the August 18, 2017, edition of the Fostered Creativity newsletter. I’ve been watching the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber, which bored me until we got to the third episode, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” when the FBI starts analyzing the Unabomber’s manifesto to see if […]

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Cold Emails That Convert: Course Review
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Cold emailing is a topic that comes up often in discussions among freelance editors: How can I sell my services to potential clients? What can I do to make myself stand out? After all, marketing is an important part of running a business, and we all need to do it if we want our businesses […]

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Mental Illness and the Editorial Profession: Erasing the Stigma
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Trigger warning: If you struggle with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder, the following post could trigger you. “She’s so OCD about having a clean house.” “I can’t pay attention today—I’m feeling so ADD.” “Why is he […]

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2018 Goals: Midyear Update
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At the end of 2017, I published my Year in Review and Goals for 2018 inspired by Sophie Playle’s Liminal Pages blog. I promised I’d post a midyear update to take stock of where I’m at now with my business, so enjoy! Main Goals for 2018 Maintain relationships with clients Look into passive income opportunities […]

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“The Perfectpreneur”: One Freelancer’s Results
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I’ll admit it—it’s been a tough week. Money is tight right now. Deadlines loom. My work is steady, but all the other tasks I normally do—marketing, posting and interacting on social media, keeping track of invoices, completing training, working on pet projects—seem overwhelming. Plus I had a blog post to write! So rather than do […]

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2018 ACES Conference Roundup
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I wasn’t able to attend the ACES annual conference this year, but I did follow the #ACES2018 and #NotAtACES hashtags on Twitter to keep up with news from the sessions and to see what my colleagues were up to. I’ve compiled some resources from the conference in case you missed it too or if you […]

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Ethics in Editing: When Should You Push Back with a Client?
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As a freelancer, it’s important to establish good communication and healthy boundaries with clients to ensure a smooth, successful working relationship. In an ideal world, we’d all be able to fulfill every client request and meet (and exceed!) every expectation. But some boundaries are necessary and helpful. After all, no one wants to be a […]

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Sorting Text in Microsoft Word
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I recently participated in a lively discussion on Facebook in one of the professional editor groups I belong to. A colleague was trying to sort a reference list in a document and was having some trouble. After quite a bit of troubleshooting (and other colleagues chiming in to provide helpful tips), she was able to […]

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Success in Freelancing: Is It Luck or Hard Work?
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Recently I’ve been slowly making my way through Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix. I’ve never really found Jerry Seinfeld all that funny—he just seems very smug to me—but one episode really resonated with me. In the Season 8 premiere, “Jim Gaffigan: Stick Around for the Pope,” the two comedians are cruising around in […]

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