How to Become an Effective Freelance Proofreader and Writer

Having enough experience in the field of editing and proofreading, this article is all about how an ordinary individual can become a successful editor and proofreader. For people who are new to this field and are just beginning, this is a job that can be done from home and part time. You are your own boss, you can set the time and pace you want to work in, yet end up making as much money as you need, and definitely more than you expect.

People who want to become proofreaders or undertake dissertation editing tend to ask the following questions. Answers to those questions are given below.

1. What kind of requirement is needed to become a good an copy-editor?

There are no specific requirements that a person who wants to become a copy-editor must have. Any person who is excels in English linguistics will find the job more interesting however, because it demands looking into the style of the language in minute detail. Those who are given an enough training and practice can definitely excel in this field and make good career.

2. What is the procedure to get started?

Like any other process for applying for a job, this also involves sending in a resume and editing sample essays to prove your uniqueness and woo the Senior Editor, who will be solely responsible for your job security. To gain experience and get started it is better to opt for editing and proofreading in an editorial companies with lesser pay.

3. Getting started as a freelancer.

With enough experience and confidence, it is suggested to start alone. With stiff competition in this field, it is better to understand the nature of the job and what is needed to establish in order to flourish and succeed. The first step would be start up your own website. The second step is to put an advertisement in the local yellow pages.

4. What about charges and getting paid for proofreading?

Most of the editing companies charge on the basis of hours. Editors are paid around £10 to £12 per hour. What is recommended for a starter would be to charge on the basis of the number of words (£0.04 to £0.05 per word). A trustworthy and uncomplicated the way of getting paid is through the online payment websites PayPal and RBS WorldPay. Many proofreaders engage in university proofreading once established in their field.

 

Becoming a Writer

Becoming a writer is very exciting! For most writers, the toughest part is deciding what type of writer you’d like to be. A Columnist? Novelist? Greeting Card Writer? Whatever you decide, it’s important to know that if learning about new things on a daily basis excites you, then a career as a writer is for you!

So, the big question is…how to become a writer? Well, there is not an easy answer nor is there only one way to become a writer. The most important thing is to write. Write something…anything, just write.

You see, the word “writer” is a title. Being a writer is work. So, if you think you want to be a writer, ask yourself these questions.

1) Do you really want to be a writer? You know, actually sitting down at the keyboard and putting thoughts to paper?

2) Will you write and re-write until you love what you wrote? Or maybe even until your editor loves it, no matter what?

3) Becoming a writer means you have to see yourself as a writer. Can you see yourself writing for a living?

4) Will you do your best on every job?

5) Are you willing to take some time and research a specialty or niche for yourself? Will you work tirelessly to increase your skills and knowledge of the writing business?

6) Have you declared yourself as a writer?

Most people think you need to be published to be a real writer but that’s just not true! If you write, if you love the act of putting ideas on paper, you are a writer! And if you are a writer, do not let anyone tell you that you aren’t one!

Becoming a writer is a process. Remember, there are many types of writers and you can choose one style or write in many areas. For example, I have written a novel, several non-fiction, how to books and am a freelance copywriter.

My best advice on getting started? Where is your passion? Do you love the short and snappy style of greeting cards? Why not begin to write greeting cards? Are you more of an intellectual? Start by writing scholarships. Maybe magazine writing jobs are what you want, or editing jobs excite you. How about that novel you have been thinking about writing?

Whatever you passion is, that is where you will do your best work and begin the process of putting samples together of your work.

Samples? Yes, when you begin your career as a writer, you will want to start collecting samples. Put your best work in a book so if you are called to do a job, you have a varied selection of your writing to show a perspective client. But don’t use the fact that you don’t have samples of your work to give up your dream of becoming a writer.

Whatever you do now doesn’t really matter; you can be a writer and be read by thousands. You have the power to inform, educate, motivate and entertain. Your words can do all that! So, if it is in your heart and soul to be a writer, you need to follow your dream! A career as a writer can be a very lucrative and enriching experience. I know I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

How to Become a Magazine Writer: My Four Best Tips

Do you want to write for magazines? It’s quite easy to get published in local publications, but selling your articles to major newsstand magazines can be a challenge.

I started writing for magazines in the 1980s. Over the years, I’ve sold many articles. Here are my four best tips.

1. Writing for Magazines Is Easier Than You Think, but You Need Persistence

Editors are busy. However, they’re well aware of whatever crosses their desk, so if you send your queries by snail mail or as some magazines prefer, via fax or email, editors are aware of you, whether they respond or not.

The more queries you send, with your best ideas, creativity, and writing, the more they’ll watch you. Sooner or later, you’ll get a response, usually via the phone. Therefore, always include all your contact details, especially your phone numbers.

2. If You Like an Idea, Never Give up on a Proposal — Keep Sending It out

Got a great idea you think would be perfect? If a particular editor wants an idea, you’ll get a response, within a day or two.

If two weeks pass, and you haven’t received a response, send the proposal elsewhere.

Make sure you edit your proposal first however. I can still remember how my face burned when I faxed a query to an editor (number three on my list). I was in a hurry, and forgot to remove the name of the second editor I’d sent it to.

Editor Three called me at once. She laughed, and wanted the article, but slyly suggested that I reread the query. Embarrassing.

3. Enthusiasm Is Everything: Discover What You LOVE

Passion and enthusiasm glow in your words. If you love a particular magazine, chances are good that you can write for them. If you read enough issues, you’ll get a feeling for what they want.

From then on, find ideas that excite you, and send them along. Editors will forgive you a great deal if you’re passionate.

4. What Are You Selling? Pay Attention to Your Rights

Try to keep as many rights to your words as possible. Nowadays, editors try to buy all rights (all worldwide rights, serial and electronic, for preference.) Negotiate. Never give up all rights without negotiating to keep as many as you can.

Writing for magazines is a lot of fun. You’ll make money, and you’ll make great contacts too. Try it, you may enjoy it.