Dec. 27th, 2012

Daily life: Sales and that nasty little intruder, The Day Job (2012 wrap-up: 5/6)

"So, to summarize [Kristine Kathryn Rusch's] post . . . an author should focus on two things to be successful:

"1) Write the best book/short story/essay/whatever she/he can; &

"2) Make it as easy as possible for readers to find it.

"All the gimmicks & tactics thrown out in blogs, printed books, etc. to get published simply are a means to accomplish #2. If they don't accomplish that, they aren't helping either the writer or the reader."

--Geoff Burling.


I've been quiet for a few days because matters have been moving fast in my life, and it hasn't been clear how things would end up. (Short version of the story: At one point, my counsellor was advising me on the location of the local food pantries. December hasn't been a good month.) However, I think I may have pulled myself back from my own personal fiscal cliff momentarily, though with no help from my e-books.

*Glares at e-books* )

I'm going to be a freelance copy editor! Well, okay, I've been editing for the past thirty-four years (*points to resume*), but I'm going to earn money for it again!

I hope. If I can find jobs.

So while I'm brushing up on my copyediting training (*assiduously rereads The Chicago Manual of Style*), does anyone here have any experience with professional freelance editing, either in terms of doing it themselves or in terms of hiring editors? My father clued me in to the fact that one of my aunts has done freelance editing - and she was conveniently at the Christmas family gathering, so I quizzed her - but I could sure use some more career advice, because the last time I copyedited for pay was back in 1989. It's been a while.

I might do some historical research for writers too - it's something I have a lot of experience in, including professional experience - so I'd love to hear from anyone who has worked in this field.

What does this mean for my writing? )

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