Running a freelance editorial business

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There are a wide variety of practical guides available, written by senior members of SfEP, and these are available to buy direct in either pdf or hard copy format. Titles include:

Editing Fiction by Imogen Olsen

Editing into Plain Language: Working for non-publishers by Sarah Carr

Editor and Client: Building a professional relationship (2nd edition) by Anne Waddingham

Going Solo: Creating your freelance editorial business by Sue Littleford (in preparation)

Marketing Yourself: Strategies to promote your editorial business (2nd edition) by Sara Hulse

Pricing a Project: How to prepare a professional quotation by Melanie Thomson

Theses and Dissertations: Checking the language by Pat Baxter

Your House Style: Styling your words for maximum impact (2nd edition) by Christina Thomas


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Brilliant Freelancer: Discover the Power of Your Own Success by Leif Kendall (paperback and ebook, Pearson Business, 2011)


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Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters by Louise Harnby in association with The Publishing Training Centre (paperback and ebook, self-published, 2013)

Written by SfEP Advanced Professional Member, Louise Harnby, for those with no prior publishing or editorial experience. Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary, 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. More information is available on Louise’s website.


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Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business by Louise Harnby in association with The Publishing Training Centre (paperback and ebook, self-published, 2014)

This book is for any editorial freelancer who feels that marketing is their Achilles' heel. It demonstrates that marketing needn't be difficult, overwhelming or boring. The book takes proofreaders and editors through the core principles of developing and implementing an effective marketing strategy that will get them noticed and generate business leads. More information is available on Louise’s website.