The SfEP blog highlights
We’ve covered a lot of ground in the SfEP blog posts over the past year, and there are lots of great tips and advice for editors and proofreaders, as well as some thought-provoking opinions. In case you missed them, or just for the chance to read them again, here is my pick of the highlights, plus the rest of 2015’s ‘best bits’.
- Elevator pitches for editors: Can you quickly tell people what you do in a way they can understand?
- How to customise PerfectIt to check your house style: Quickly learn how to set up PerfectIt with these useful short videos.
- Know when to say no: 7 warning signs that you should turn down a project.
- Practical changes to increase your rates: What we charge can be a thorny issue – learn how to increase your earnings.
- Specialist Q&A – medicolegal editing: Just one of our series of Q&A with editors working in specialist areas. What could your specialism be?
- The benefits of mentoring: There’s nothing like one-to-one feedback on your work to help you progress professionally.
- Who would contact your clients if you got hit by a bus?: As it says on the tin!!
- Working with self-publishing authors – Part 1: an industry of opportunity and
Working with self-publishing authors – Part 2: expectations and implementation: Thinking beyond the traditional publishers for potential clients.
Best of the rest
- Why photo shoots need editors too
- Why language matters when discussing terminal illness and death
- A day in my life: Lucy Metzger
- How I got started – Samantha Stalion
- How I got started – Graham Hughes
- Six reasons to go to the London Book Fair
- Why should I train?
- How I got started – Abi Saffrey
- The Judith Butcher Award: recognising our unsung volunteers
- Keeping things going
- 7 questions to consider when naming your editorial business
- How are we doing? Freelance performance review
- Experiences of the London Book Fair
- Specialist Q&A – working for business clients
- Tackling a complex brief
- What’s new in PerfectIt 3?
- Specialist Q&A – working on maths books
- Writing out web addresses
- A first-timer’s experience of conference
- Collaborate and innovate
- Ten tips for successful conference networking
- Everyday CPD
- Reading more than once
- Transferable skills and life lessons
- Working at a treadmill desk
- Different types of editing – do the labels matter?
- Eight tips for editing cookery
- Supporting sentences and each other
- Reference editing solutions for copy-editors
- The English language is both an art and a science
- 10 tips for building a freelance business website
- Conferences can be for oldies too
- What I learned from the pre-conference editing fiction course
- The value of belonging to a professional body
- Specialist Q&A – science and natural history editing
- A tribute to Judith Butcher
- Top tips for healthy home working
- Taking editorial tests for clients
- Christmas gifts for book and word lovers
- Beyond the proofreader’s remit?
- Specialist Q&A – linguistics
- Reasons to be cheerful about freelance home working
If you would like to write a post for the SfEP blog in 2016, don’t be shy! You can see that we cover a wide range of topics from advice and tips, to professional development and musings on freelance life. We also welcome guest posts from non-members. See the how to contribute page for more information.
Margaret Hunter is the SfEP marketing and PR director
The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP