“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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Fun with Wildcards and GREP
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I’ve been playing around a lot lately with wildcards in Word, and I’ve developed quite a few custom macros that I use in my editing work. It’s taken a bit of practice, but I feel pretty confident now about my knowledge of wildcards and how to use these to quickly find and replace text in […]

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Author Correspondence Checklist
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I have several clients who ask that copy editors send out initial copyedited files for review and communicate with authors directly. This might be for a journal or for chapters of a multi-author publication. This isn’t quite the same as sending out author galleys or page proofs, as these typically comprise the typeset version of […]

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Don’t Go It Alone: Professional Associations for Editors
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One of the first questions many people have when first getting into editing and/or proofreading is What professional association should I join? There are a lot of great organizations that have been formed specifically for editors, but each has its pros and cons. Below is a list of some of the more well-known associations. Disclaimer: […]

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Special Characters All Editors Should Know
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When I first started out as an editor, I wasn’t familiar with all of the special characters and symbols that are used in scientific publications. It wasn’t until I became an in-house editor working on civil engineering journals that I learned how important it is to be familiar with these characters and understand how they […]

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