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  • That was the year that …

    What would an editor write in a seasonal round robin? Here’s what. [Warning: be prepared for Stilton-strength cheesy bits and a light sprinkling of links to my favourite things.]       Dear Clients and Colleagues I hope you are all well and prospering. It has been good to escape from my little office to… Read more »

  • Twenty-five years and counting

    This is an exciting time of year for many young people who, if they are lucky, will shortly be entering the ‘real world’ of work. It’s twenty-five years since I took the same tentative steps, and in this post I share a few thoughts for would-be editors, proofreaders and journalists, and some reflections for those… Read more »

  • Professional policies for freelances

    If you thought that turning freelance meant you could wave goodbye to the corporate world of contracts, policy documents and action plans, think again. Professionals need policies, not least so they can compete on a level playing field with larger organisations, but also to help communicate effectively with clients and to provide clear boundaries to… Read more »

  • Are you a UXer?

    I didn’t know it until yesterday, but yes, I’m a UXer, and if you are a ‘content editor’ – particularly if you specialise in substantive editing and/or rewriting – you may well be one too. Two questions immediately arise: what on earth is a UXer, and why did I write ‘content editor’ rather than the… Read more »

  • Working through the summer

    Working through the summer can be a frustrating business for freelances, torn between the desire to bunk off to the beach with everyone else and the urgent needs of clients. In this post I offer four tried-and-test strategies for keeping your cool through the summer holidays. Which one do you think I am following in… Read more »

  • CPD for editors and writers

    If you want to learn how to do something, try teaching someone else. I don’t know who first said this, and they probably phrased it with greater elegance, but the sentiment is spot on. From revising for a class test to taking on the role of Nelly in the low-budget business classic ‘Sitting next to… Read more »

  • Website refreshed for spring

    Welcome to my refreshed website. I say ‘refreshed’ rather than ‘redesigned’ because the corporate colours and basic design have remained the same so that I didn’t need to change my stationery too. However, the underlying changes are considerable. The site is now based on the WordPress content management system, instead of being an html site… Read more »

  • Developing a social media policy

    Small businesses and freelances in all industry sectors are frequently urged to ‘get into social media’ to help promote their services and businesses. It can certainly be beneficial, and it can be fun; but if you don’t watch out, it can take over your life. To avoid the pitfalls, you need a social media policy…. Read more »