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 (1967–) is an editor, writer, speaker and podcaster with thirty years of experience in the publishing industry. She writes about line craft for authors and editors; marketing and business planning for editors; and fiction for lovers of crime and speculative fiction and thrillers.

She was a finalist in the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival flash fiction competition (2018), the Bookseller/FutureBook Future Fiction short-story competition (2018), and the Crime Writers' Association's Margery Allingham short-mystery competition (2019).

Harnby specializes in working with independent authors of commercial fiction. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP; UK), a Member of ACES (Society of Editors; US), and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

She speaks regularly at international editing conferences, was a keynoter at the Editorial Freelancers Association convention in Chicago (2019), and has been shortlisted for/ won several awards including the UK Blog Awards (finalist, 2018), Content Marketing Academy Awards (finalist, Podcast of the Year, 2019), Content Marketing Academy Awards (winner, Blog of the Year, 2019), the Judith Butcher Award (winner, SfEP, 2017), and the Karen Virag Award (nominee, Editors Canada, 2017).

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Reviews of Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters by Louise Harnby

Don't Panic Books reviewed on May 6, 2013

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 39 days after purchase)
Judy Tompkins reviewed on May 2, 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 22 days after purchase)
Ana McGinley reviewed on April 19, 2013

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 22 days after purchase)
Carla Douglas reviewed on April 10, 2013

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 13 days after purchase)
Eva Blaskovic reviewed on April 1, 2013

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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