I am a member of a Facebook group for editors, in which I share a weekly round-up of blog posts aimed at improving editorial skills and knowledge, or helping editors become better freelancers/business owners. Here, I am sharing a round-up of what I thought were some of the most useful posts from 2017.
For those just starting out, these three posts might be of use, including this one from me, which proved to be my most popular post of the year by far! Also, Succeeding as a freelancer from Editors Canada. And here's How to choose a professional organization to join.
Business planning & management
The first three in this section are from the An American Editor blog:
On the basics: being businesslike
The business of editing: do you know your business' health?
A continuing frustration – the going rate
This one is from Liz Jones, on Managing time – your own and other people's.
And here is The ultimate vacation prep checklist for freelancers.
An excellent post from the incomparable Louise Harnby, on Emergency marketing for editors and proofreaders.
And another post from Liz Jones, this time on Stealth marketing.
Louise Harnby asks 'What's the point of networking?' in this post: Editorial colleagues and what they can teach us.
And here are some tips on Networking for introverts.
Some of the above tips on networking can be put into practice at editorial conferences. Here is a round-up of the blog posts that were written about the 2017 Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference.
Working in Word
We all work with MS Word. There are many ways we can use it to help us work more efficiently. Here are some of the best ways:
How do I access the Customize Ribbon menu?
How do I assign a shortcut key?
35 easy keyboard shortcuts
Making the most of the QAT
How learning to modify and apply styles can save you precious time
How to set styles
Lyonizing Word: corruption
What can macros do for editors and proofreaders?
Health & well-being
Molly McCowan advises that freelancers should Avoid burnout by taking mandatory vacations. While you are at your desk, here are a few ways you can keep fit and healthy:
Desk bikes – the tour de your house
Repetitive strain injury 101: what editors need to know
Tips to reduce computer-related eye strain
That's it for this year! I hope you've found it useful. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing more new blog posts in 2018!