Freelance Editors

This is a group for editors who are not affiliated with a particular publishing house. This is where you can discuss the craft of writing and editing and brainstorm about the future of the industry. 

Members: 72
Latest Activity: Nov 20, 2019

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What background do you need to have to be a freelance editor and what do you do?

Started by Deborah Herman. Last reply by Val Dumond Jan 23, 2014. 3 Replies

I am always interested in how people approach their careers. Please share how you became a freelance editor and what services you provide. Are there trade associations? Do you compare notes with…Continue


Started by jeff herman. Last reply by JEN Garrett Jun 3, 2013. 6 Replies

Do you want it to be?Continue

What can you offer writers when they want to self-publish?

Started by Deborah Herman. Last reply by Dick Margulis Nov 30, 2012. 5 Replies

Many writers are choosing to go the route of self-publishing. Do they receive editing support for their work? Are self-published sometimes of lower quality and can you as freelance editors help…Continue


Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Marilyn R. Freedman Oct 9, 2012. 4 Replies

If not, why not?Continue

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Comment by jeff herman on March 14, 2012 at 12:41pm

That's interesting. I'm not a lawyer, but since you've been publicly using it without challenge for so long, you may have something like "homesteader" rights. Maybe you should look into trademarking it. JH

Comment by Jan Lazo-Davis on March 14, 2012 at 12:20pm

I've owned pendancing URL for over 7 years now. When you google Pen Dancer, someone owns it and is not doing anything with it. I am close to blogging again using pendancing and working on creating a website for it as well using Word Press.

Comment by jeff herman on March 14, 2012 at 12:14pm

Not I. How long have you been using the term? What happens if you Google it? JH

Comment by Jan Lazo-Davis on March 14, 2012 at 12:04pm

I use the name Pendancing to blog and brand myself. I write reviews at Amazon under this pen name. Don't know who came up with pen-dancer. I thought it was you.

Comment by jeff herman on March 14, 2012 at 12:02pm

Well, I guess it makes sense to continue using the labels that everyone is comfortable with. However, I really like "pen-slinger" and "pen-dancer", even if they're too far ahead of the times or simply out of sync with what can be understood. I lost track of who came up with them, so please announce yourselves and I'll send you a promised copy of my big book, JEFF HERMAN'S GUIDE . . ., which will help you in many ways, including as a sturdy door stopper. Jeff Herman

Comment by Glenda J. Findley on March 14, 2012 at 11:19am

I guess, as a writer/editor, my editing advice includes rephrasing with suggestions when needed, I could add the WFH title, as I've assisted with press releases and few local political speeches. 

Comment by Bev Gelfand on March 13, 2012 at 1:16pm

Hrm. Perhaps it's because I'm an editrix, not a writer, but if I saw the term WFH, I wouldn't immediately think that person offered editorial services. If, on the other hand, WFH was included in a list of services that individual offered, I'd assume it meant that they do writing in addition, perhaps ghostwriting, perhaps 'independent' or 'original' work (as in, I need someone to write up a quick brochure or something).

Comment by Deborah Herman on March 13, 2012 at 1:09pm

I would say I am a "book Medium," instead of a ghost writer. I am merely a channel through which the appropriate words can manifest. Just sayin'

Comment by jeff herman on March 13, 2012 at 12:48pm

Clarifying the options is where the menu comes in. I see it perhaps as an umbrella term that's meant to be general, same as not all agents handle romance, etc. JH

Comment by Jan Lazo-Davis on March 13, 2012 at 12:39pm

Would WFH indicate to the author that maybe they are not the real writer and even though the ghost term is not used they feel that is what it is? I think the name might scare some people off. That said - I do like the term. And there are definitely many manuscripts which need just a WFH to dress them up for presentation.


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