Having just donned my independent author hat to write a piece in praise of professional book editors, it seems prudent to also turn my thinking to professional copyeditors for business. Communication is a massive factor in the success of all businesses – with writing a large component of any business’s communication it’s important to invest in professional editing services. Copyediting is ideal for anyone who already has a sound grasp of what they want to say, to make sure it’s said properly. These following points give an idea of why a copyeditor’s best suited to offer such a service: Continue reading
Christmas is over, New Year is gone, and for the next month or two the world will be drearily nursing hangovers and sobbing about how dark and dreary the days remain. Those in regular employment aren’t happy about going to work, and won’t work as hard. Those of us who are self-employed suffer a knock-on effect that it’s difficult to find new clients, and a slower workforce in general can mean no work at all trickling through to the freelance workforce. Following from my article on dealing with freelancing fear, here’s a few tips for getting through a freelance famine: Continue reading
At a meeting presented by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce last night regarding business rates and values, we had some interesting discussion about how people value their services. In independent business, there is rarely a benchmark to set your prices against, and it is essentially up to you to judge the value of your own skills. You just need to be able to justify what makes your skills valuable. How can you do that?
Compare your skills to the training an athlete endures. I hope that, like approximately 95.4% of the UK, you were inspired by Jessica Ennis’s performance at the Olympics this summer. As you can see in the picture, she’s got the world in her hands now. One look at her abs and you know she’s worked incredibly hard to do what she does. But essentially what she does is something we are all capable of: she runs, jumps, throws things. What makes her so special? Continue reading
Starting out as a freelancer, when work is just coming in, maintaining a calm focus on your goals can be difficult. You’re likely to split your time, about 5% for paid work, 5% searching for paid work, and about 90% trying to cope with the mind-numbing feeling of dread that the uncertainty of freelancing forces on you. At least, that’s how it can seem. A lot of your fears will never be realised, but you still need to take measures to keep calm. Here’s a few simple tips to keep those nagging demons at bay: Continue reading
As a freelance writer, letters of inquiry are a staple fact of life. The practice of writing cover letters to prospective clients, for job applications and to potential publishers has plagued me for the entirety of my professional career. The most valuable lessons I have learnt about writing cover letters have come from being on the receiving end of them, though. If you ever want to truly improve your letter-writing skills, advertise a job opportunity and take heed of the replies you receive. Here’s five of the most heinous crimes I’ve encountered in letters sent to me: