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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. 

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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

IS THIS YOUR FULL-TIME JOB?

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

DO YOU USE AGENTS AND IN-HOUSE EDITORS FOR GIGS?

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 13, 2012 at 12:36pm

Well, a writer-for-hire could offer an editorial menu of services with various rates. What if the person thinks they only need editing when in fact they need serious re-writing. So WFH could the catch-all for various related services. An area of diversification during slow times could include basic computer tutoring and simple repairs, or have a hot-shot who you refer to for a commission. Writers always need tech help. Jeff Herman

Comment by Bev Gelfand on March 13, 2012 at 12:27pm

Wouldn't a 'writer-for-hire' be an author, not an editor?

Comment by jeff herman on March 13, 2012 at 12:24pm

Did any say WRITER-FOR-HIRE ?

Comment by Glenda J. Findley on March 13, 2012 at 11:26am

Excellent morning entertainment ...

Comment by Jan Lazo-Davis on March 12, 2012 at 8:04pm

I've met some who I would consider to be...

Comment by jeff herman on March 12, 2012 at 7:57pm

So does that mean that ghostwriters are in a different dimension?

Comment by Jan Lazo-Davis on March 12, 2012 at 7:39pm

Maybe ghosts aren't dead - just in another dimension???

Comment by Ekta R. Garg on March 12, 2012 at 7:31pm

If ghosts are really dead, how is it possible that they can come back and haunt people?  Aren't the ones who DON'T come back really the dead ones?

And I LOVE word escort. :>

Comment by jeff herman on March 12, 2012 at 5:49pm

Caroline, Were any of the penslingers cow girls? I wonder if they had to listen to a lot of dirty-minded drunkards who couldn't resist mis-stating the word.Though quill pens could be lethal in the wrong hands. On-Call Writer just doesn't do it for me. I like pendancer, but it will require a $billion marketing campaign for people to get use to it, like when Esso changed to Exxon before some of you may have been born. Why is it assumed that ghostwriters are a alive while ghosts are dead? Jeff

Comment by Sharon Lindenburger on March 12, 2012 at 4:52pm

Yes, probably "on-call editor" may imply 24/7...sometimes it sure feels like it! And Bev's phrase "word escort" is hilarious, as is "penslinger". I still like "independent editor" or "editor-at-large."

 

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