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Are you thinking about starting a new editing or proofreading business? Written for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience, this practical guide takes new editorial freelancers, step by step, through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client foc Are you thinking about starting a new editing or proofreading business? Written for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience, this practical guide takes new editorial freelancers, step by step, through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client focus, getting experience, financial assessment, promotion, networking, tools for the job, and real-world case studies featuring new starters. Additional material includes tips from experienced practitioners that illustrate the tasks and learning goals discussed, as well as useful tools and resources. Published in association with the Publishing Training Centre. 'This is exactly the book that would-be editorial freelancers need to read before setting up their businesses.' (Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS; KOK Edit) 'If you’re thinking of setting out on the journey to becoming a freelance editorial professional, make sure this is the first book you read.' (Hazel Harris, Wordstitch) 'Essential reading for anyone thinking of setting themselves up as a freelance editor.' (Jen Hamilton-Emery, Salt Publishing) 'Helpful, hopeful, yet realistic about the challenges ahead, this book will leave its readers better informed, and therefore better prepared, for their entry into this highly competitive field.' (Madhubanti Bhattacharyya, Edward Elgar Publishing)


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Are you thinking about starting a new editing or proofreading business? Written for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience, this practical guide takes new editorial freelancers, step by step, through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client foc Are you thinking about starting a new editing or proofreading business? Written for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience, this practical guide takes new editorial freelancers, step by step, through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client focus, getting experience, financial assessment, promotion, networking, tools for the job, and real-world case studies featuring new starters. Additional material includes tips from experienced practitioners that illustrate the tasks and learning goals discussed, as well as useful tools and resources. Published in association with the Publishing Training Centre. 'This is exactly the book that would-be editorial freelancers need to read before setting up their businesses.' (Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS; KOK Edit) 'If you’re thinking of setting out on the journey to becoming a freelance editorial professional, make sure this is the first book you read.' (Hazel Harris, Wordstitch) 'Essential reading for anyone thinking of setting themselves up as a freelance editor.' (Jen Hamilton-Emery, Salt Publishing) 'Helpful, hopeful, yet realistic about the challenges ahead, this book will leave its readers better informed, and therefore better prepared, for their entry into this highly competitive field.' (Madhubanti Bhattacharyya, Edward Elgar Publishing)

30 review for Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Montgomerie

    Freelance editing is a _business_, and if you pay attention to what Louise puts on your to do list, you have a better chance at succeeding in this business. Every time I read some of Louise's advice, I find myself punching the air yelling "Yes! That's what I mean!" Her advice is comprehensive, and applicable to the market in many countries. The case studies from several professional editors in Canada and the UK out a personal and realistic spin on the advice. It's nice that she included editors w Freelance editing is a _business_, and if you pay attention to what Louise puts on your to do list, you have a better chance at succeeding in this business. Every time I read some of Louise's advice, I find myself punching the air yelling "Yes! That's what I mean!" Her advice is comprehensive, and applicable to the market in many countries. The case studies from several professional editors in Canada and the UK out a personal and realistic spin on the advice. It's nice that she included editors who a just starting out, mid-career, and well established; it shows that the road is not without bumps, but that it is achievable. It's not a hard read, or a long read, but it is a valuable read. This title is recommended for those editors who find themselves stuck mid-career, and those just starting out. In fact, anyone who thinks they might like to become an editor will be getting this title as a gift from me. My full review is on my website: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2013/04/b...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zella Kate

    Quick but helpful read. Truthfully, most of it is common sense and the focus is skewed more toward Brits than Americans, but Harnby makes an effort to address an American audience, too. Intended more for someone with no editing background but still worth reading even if you're a seasoned professional looking to branch out. Her book specifically on marketing is much more in-depth and is what I'm reading now. Quick but helpful read. Truthfully, most of it is common sense and the focus is skewed more toward Brits than Americans, but Harnby makes an effort to address an American audience, too. Intended more for someone with no editing background but still worth reading even if you're a seasoned professional looking to branch out. Her book specifically on marketing is much more in-depth and is what I'm reading now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cacano

    Comprehensive beginner's guide. Tells you all you will need to know without actually telling you; for example, she lists education requirements, business setup requirements, tools, etc and makes suggestions on where to further investigate each category. Comprehensive beginner's guide. Tells you all you will need to know without actually telling you; for example, she lists education requirements, business setup requirements, tools, etc and makes suggestions on where to further investigate each category.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan Steeves

    I just finished reading and highlighting this resource and I'm very motivated to follow along as I map out my own plan. I just finished reading and highlighting this resource and I'm very motivated to follow along as I map out my own plan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    AmyJD

    This book does what it says on the tin. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather Romanowski Book Realm Revisions, LLC

    Read this as part of the Omnibus which has the marketing book and 42 other chapters. This helped me so much. I have a bulleted list of things to do and things I need to do more of.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Root

    Freelancing is so much more than working independently. You’re a business owner and figuring out how to run that business is vital. That’s where “Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A guide for new starters” by Louise Harnby aims to help you. This little book is saturated with information on how to go about building your freelance business. It’s tempting to breeze through this book in an afternoon. Don’t. Seriously, don’t do that. I sat with this book and mulled over a lot of what it had Freelancing is so much more than working independently. You’re a business owner and figuring out how to run that business is vital. That’s where “Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A guide for new starters” by Louise Harnby aims to help you. This little book is saturated with information on how to go about building your freelance business. It’s tempting to breeze through this book in an afternoon. Don’t. Seriously, don’t do that. I sat with this book and mulled over a lot of what it had to say. Harnby is straightforward in her advice and prose, which I loved. Beginning your freelancing career won’t be easy. It will take time. It will take a lot of energy, too. Harnby also has several case studies at the end of the book on how freelancers went about the business of becoming freelancers. Those stories are helpful and will give you a few ideas on how to help your freelance business. Recommended for language professionals considering a side hustle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katy W

    This slim volume covers the basics that you'd expect from the title. It provides advertising for The Publishing Training Centre but does mention several other resources which are very briefly described. I would have preferred a bit more meat on the bones in the way of factual and useful information rather than personal accounts of the struggles of setting up a business whilst caring for toddlers (that sort of content is available for free on a multitude of blogs). Much of the factual content is This slim volume covers the basics that you'd expect from the title. It provides advertising for The Publishing Training Centre but does mention several other resources which are very briefly described. I would have preferred a bit more meat on the bones in the way of factual and useful information rather than personal accounts of the struggles of setting up a business whilst caring for toddlers (that sort of content is available for free on a multitude of blogs). Much of the factual content is probably common sense but at least I now have all the information in one place for future reference (although please note the lack of an index - you'd have thought the author would have had contacts in the indexing profession - oh well). I like to end reviews on a positive note if I can, so I'll add that this book fits nicely on my shelf between my Oxford Concise English Dictionary and the Penguin Guide to Punctuation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eva Blaskovic

    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 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Willis

    This is a good book on business planning for those just starting out a freelance editors, even though some of the information applies only to freelancers in the UK. As as experienced business planner, I still got quite a bit out of this book, though I found the section at the end (first-person accounts from editorial freelancers about deciding to go into business for themselves, getting training, attracting clients, and the like) to be mostly filler.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tania O’Banion

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    Gordon

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    Anna (lion_reads)

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