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Towards the end of 2012 I made a huge (for me) decision. I left my office-based editing role in the South Australian education sector to pursue a long-held dream – building my editing and publishing consultancy business into a full-time enterprise. Here’s an update about my latest steps on the freelance journey.
One of my objectives in going freelance is to work in the whole range of publishing areas that interest me – from academic and educational books and solutions, to popular business and management books and other non-fiction works, to corporate editing for the education sector and other fields. I always chose to specialise in particular areas when I was in-house, so I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a truly diverse range of publishers and authors.
I’m also mixing it up in terms of the type of editing I do. I’ve spent the past few years honing my copy-editorial and proofreading skills – leading to IPEd accreditation in 2012 – but what you may not know about me is that before I moved to Australia I was a commissioning editor and publisher. So I like to work with authors to develop their ideas into books, just as much as I enjoy polishing a completed manuscript.
Here’s a summary of the kind of editing I’m doing now.
I’m whipping several manuscripts into shape at the moment, on behalf of a number of publisher and author clients. With so many new clients, I’m focusing on really getting to know each company’s preferred style and publishing process, and I’m meeting quite a few new authors along the way, which is lovely.
I’m also working on some short-term corporate editing projects. Here, the critical skills are in understanding the client’s brief and delivering a professional service to the agreed timescale and budget. It’s also a great way to get to know the local market for editing, especially here in Adelaide where there are many governmental and organisational publishers and fewer traditional publishing companies.
I have several long-term development editing projects, which allow me to enjoy an extended engagement with materials for a year or even longer. This work draws on my publishing project management skills, too, with lots of detailed scheduling and author care.
I’m also working with some individual authors to develop and hone their draft manuscripts, and this is fascinating to do because it demands a balanced critique and a personal viewpoint as well as an understanding of the market for which an author is aiming to publish. I find this kind of editing especially rewarding because I’m able to help with an author’s personal writing goals. Working with authors was the reason I got into publishing in the first place, and it remains one of my biggest motivations.
Publishing research and analysis
Of course, before a publisher commits time, energy, and resources to developing a new publishing program, list, or title, they want to figure out its commercial potential. So, they need high-quality publishing market research and analysis. This was a core part of my work as an in-house publisher, and it’s something I understand and like to do – sourcing hard numbers and other information about a market, finding out about competing titles, predicting trends, and making publishing recommendations. I’m taking on more research and analysis jobs this year, so watch this space!
That’s a snapshot of a few of my editing projects right now; you can read about the full range of my work at my website. Thanks for reading and I’ll keep you posted about my freelance journey! And how about you – what’s on your editing plate right now?
(By the way, I’m looking for editors to write profiles about their editing lives and businesses here at PublishEd Adelaide: why not drop me a line?)
This week, in a neat little bit of timing, Louise Harnby and I published each other’s guest posts on our blogs!
Louise writes about her growing confidence in saying no to editing projects (a skill that takes time: what if the work runs out?). In my guest post, I talk about some of the pros and cons of making the transition from British to Aussie editing (more pros than cons, you’ll be glad to see).
My post is now up at The Proofreader’s Parlour – do drop by. Louise has masses of useful links, resources, and commentary on the blog, too. Recommended.
Louise’s post is currently on the home page at PublishEd, or you can click here. Enjoy!