Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters

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Published in association with The Publishing Training Centre, this practical guide takes new freelance proofreaders and copyeditors through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client focus, getting experience, financial assessment, promotion, networking, tools for the job and real-world case studies. More

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About Louise Harnby

Louise Harnby owns an editorial business specializing in proofreading for academic and trade publishers. She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years, initially with Williams & Wilkins and then for SAGE Publications. The birth of her child and the resulting desire for more flexible working arrangements led her to set up her proofreading company in 2005. She is an Advanced Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and lives with her family in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

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Review by: Nick Walton on July 11, 2013 : star star star star star
This has appeared at just the right time for me. There is a lot of good guidance here, concisely presented, drawing on the experiences of a range of carefully chosen people with different backgrounds and specialisms. There is also a wide-ranging and comprehensive list of resources.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Don't Panic Books on May 06, 2013 : star star star star star
I wish this book had been around when I started out with freelance editing. I especially appreciated the "case studies." I think freelancers who are starting out will be able to see themselves in some of the stories contained in this book.

There can be lots of doubts when you first begin, and it's assuring to know that successful freelancers have also wrestled with doubts in the beginning. Louise Harnby has given freelancers helpful action steps for building their businesses, and all of it in a highly readable package.

Corina Koch MacLeod
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Judy Tompkins on May 02, 2013 : (no rating)
An indispensable guide for anyone, such as myself, about to launch a freelance editorial business. Louise Harnby provides a comprehensive and knowledgeable framework for building a solid and lasting foundation for a successful business. I now understand, having read this book, the recommendation to read it before taking any other steps.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ana McGinley on April 19, 2013 : star star star star star
Very informative and accessible resource book for anyone wanting to start their own freelance editorial business. The inclusion of personal accounts gives the reader a real sense of the difficulties and challenges that may occur during the initial stage of developing a freelance business - but also the possibility of reaching success!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carla Douglas on April 10, 2013 : star star star star star
Anyone who's tried to build a freelance editorial business would love to have had a book like this to guide them when they started out. Louise Harnby's book is full of indispensable information for beginners -- from training options to tools and equipment to marketing. I've already recommended Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers to one editor who is just setting up her business. But I think Louise's advice is valuable for anyone in this field today, where competition is fierce and technology is changing the game.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Eva Blaskovic on April 01, 2013 : star star star star star
Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters is written by Louise Harnby, a highly recommended editor/proofreader with decades of experience in editing, freelance, and customer relations. I have had the pleasure of working with Louise prior to the publication of my own book, and I continue to appreciate her level of knowledge, attention to detail, and professionalism. This guide clearly and practically illustrates editorial freelancing and the steps involved to generate a successful business. Tools and resources are also included. I would recommend this book to anyone who considers starting, or is already running, a freelance editorial business.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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