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Survive and Thrive as an Editor

$119 Limited inc GST / $107
Survive and Thrive as an Editor

<p>Make an informed decision about whether self-employment as an editor is for you. The course is in six sections: ‘Being a Self-employed Editor’, ‘Sourcing Work’, ‘Standards, Societies and Courses’,

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Make an informed decision about whether self-employment as an editor is for you. The course is in six sections: ‘Being a Self-employed Editor’, ‘Sourcing Work’, ‘Standards, Societies and Courses’, ‘Setting Up as a Self-employed Editor’, ‘Editing on Screen and for the Web’ and ‘Working Effectively’. Discover invaluable tips for finding work; useful techniques for preparing a business plan, costing, quoting and invoicing; and what other freelancers do. If I can survive and thrive – for 28 years – so can you!


NOTE: There will be short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and a break for lunch (lunch NOT included).


COURSE OUTLINE

  • 9.15am – 11.00am: Being a self-employed editor. ‘The Five Commandments’. Requesting an editorial brief. Standard editorial forms. Setting rates: discussion. Preparing an estimate or a quotation. A sample letter of acceptance and quotation. A sample publisher’s brief, letter of acceptance and receipt. Keeping track of hours worked: discussion, and a written example. Two sample quotations for the one client. Invoicing, and two sample invoices.
  • 11.00am – 11.15am: Morning tea
  • 11.15am – 12.15pm: Sourcing work. Types and availability of editing work: discussion. Preparing a covering letter, CV and list of projects: writing exercises, and written examples.
  • 12.15pm – 1.15pm: Standards, societies and courses. Contact details for the Editors NSW committee. Courses in editing and publishing: discussion.
  • 1.15pm – 2.00pm: Lunch (not included)
  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm: Setting up as a self-employed editor. Registering a business name, and a sample certificate of registration. Taxation: discussion about issues that affect self-employed editors. A sample profit and loss statement. Preparing a business plan.
  • 3.00pm – 3.45pm: On-screen editing and editing for the Web. Discussion about issues and training.
  • 3.45pm – 4.00pm: Afternoon tea
  • 4.00pm – 4.45pm: Working effectively. Proving you’re a good proofreader. Handing over, and staying in touch with clients. Professional-editor profiles [10 ‘About Us’ columns from 'The Society of Editors (Victoria) Newsletter'].


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to do as follows:

  1. Organise their resources of time and research towards achieving the goal of independence as an editor.
  2. Develop an appropriate business plan.
  3. Use the correct style of paperwork for correspondence, invoicing and tax returns.
  4. Survive, and thrive, as an editor!