Freelance proofreader: Top tips from the CIEP conference
I attended the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading conference as part of my professional development and would like to share my top tips. Throughout this blog, I will share my highlights from the conference.
Freelancers in the publishing industry by Sam Missingham
I found this seminar really interesting and full of up-to-date news about the industry. In particular, the increase in AI and how books were published on Amazon only 8 hours after an event happened. A scary development!
The top tip was to get involved in TikTok to create content and market your business. The examples given by jadechurcheditor of another editor using TikTok well. Unfortunately, the popularity in Instagram is decreasing so editors are finding new ways to market and connect. There is a community of authors and book people on TikTok. Do you fancy creating videos?
Using tools in your editing workflow by Hilary Cadman
A great seminar modelling 4 different editing tools. I already use PerfectIt but was keen to learn about other tools that can improve my workflow. I will give the highlights for each tool.
a consistency checker
user-friendly with one click to start
it runs all kinds of checks on the document which can be customised
fixes the changes for you easily
can use style sheets
great tech support
works across programs, e.g., Word, Excel, emails
set up your own terms to expand and shortcuts
useful example of a shortcut to end your emails with name and business details or a shortcut for your logo or regular text/comments that you use
great for phrases that you write over and over again
use memorable shortcuts
can be used daily
free version to try
Editor's Toolkit Plus
macros to speed up your work
ribbon of created macros already set up across the top
cleans up documents
examples of fixing double spaces, double returns and cleaning the file
useful feature to count the words in all documents in a folder
function keys to change the text to italics/roman, capitals or lowercase quickly
use at the start of a job to tidy up the document
need to learn the different shortcuts
free version to upload up to 500 words online or a subscription version for a desktop add-in to integrate into different programs
summary report with feedback
improves speed and quality
So the top tip is to try editing tools and have greater efficiency in your workflow. Which one would you like to try?
Copyediting challenge: Learn from other editors by Erin Brenner
A hands-on seminar where we all edited texts and compared our edits to develop different ways to solve problems and build confidence in editors. We learnt that there is no right way to copyedit. Copyediting is a science and an art. Taking away the key point: Your own edits are valuable even if they are different from another editor's.
There is more than one way to edit.
So what is copyediting?
Copyediting consists of checking:
excessive passive voice
errors in logic
problems with tone
After comparing my edits to others', it gave me a new perspective on solving problems. What kind of approach would you take? There is always more than one way to do an edit.
"Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out." James Bryant Conant
I am a freelance proofreader and a qualified teacher with a maths degree and a love of learning. Thank you for reading 'Freelance Proofreader: Top tips from the CIEP conference'. Want to find out about the day in the life of a freelance proofreader?
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