I am a member of a Facebook group for editors (Brendan O'Brien talks about the group here), in which I share a weekly round-up of blog posts primarily aimed at improving editorial (or editorial business) skills and knowledge. Here is a round-up of some of my favourite posts from 2019.
Business planning and management
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter on managing challenging clients and projects.
Melanie Thompson on how to stay calm in a crisis.
Louise Harnby posts something useful on her blog every week. Here are just two examples:
Five ways to improve the way you run your editing and proofreading business
The author–editor relationship
Helen Stevens on diplomacy.
Cathy Tingle asks what does customer service mean for editing professionals?
Amy Baker on working with debut authors.
Kate Haigh on business continuity.
Sophie Playle on building a website.
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter on making time for marketing and the ongoing challenge of finding editorial work.
Jennifer Lawler on using partnerships to expand your reach.
Louise Harnby has lots of useful advice about marketing on her website. Here is just one post, about branding.
Rachel Rowlands on what you need to know about sensitivity reading.
Paul Chevannes on editing for equality.
Are standards slipping? Kiera Jamison asks Is there a business case for editing well?
Kate Haigh on editing autobiographies and memoirs.
James Harbeck says editors need to think more like Machiavelli.
Erin Carrie asks who decides what is perfect when it comes to language use? in Linguistic prejudice.
Gerri Berendzen talks about spotting the red flags to fact-check.
Adrienne Montgomerie's ten signs of 'lifted' text.
Russell Harper on comma splices and run-on sentences.
Jennifer Lawler on growing your developmental editing mindset.
More from Louise Harnby's website:
The best reference resources for editors and proofreaders
Macros for writers and editors
Health and well-being
Katharine O'Moore-Klopf on self-care while managing life changes.
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter talks about finding joy in what we do.
Grammar Girl explains the #StetWalk hashtag, started by Tanya Gold.
And Cathy Tingle and other editors explain the #RunOnEditors hashtag.
Advice for authors
Lesley Jones on point of view.
Carol Saller talks about using trademarked and registered names in your novel.
In this podcast, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby talk about how to prepare your book file for editing.
Jennifer Lawler on query letter basics.
I hope you've enjoyed this round-up. I'm looking forward to reading lots of new posts in 2020!
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