Have you met a Sue? Every writer, editor and proofreader has

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Editing, Proofreading, Self-publishing |

“You must meet Sue,” the friend says “she’s taking early retirement and is going to be a proofreader. Perhaps she could lend you a hand.” “Is she trained? How much experience does she have? ” I ask, keen to have a go-to-person for times like this when I’m too busy to stay for longer than a coffee. “Oh lots, she’s published books and everything.” Every proofreader, editor and writer knows a Sue. In this day of redundancy and early retirement...

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Sun, sea and spare capacity

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Articles, Communication, Digital, Editing, Freelancing, Marketing, Print, Proofreading, Website |

Welcome to the Words Are Everywhere newsletter. *************** SUN, SEA AND SPARE CAPACITY Summers can be tough. With so many clients, colleagues and suppliers on holiday, projects still have to go ahead. Schedules slip and clients return demanding to know why the summer issue is being produced in September. I’m writing articles for a bank’s quarterly magazine for business customers – it still needs to go out on time despite the usual writer...

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April = March + new budget to spend. How to hire the best people to work on your new campaign

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Freelancing |

April brings new beginnings. It brings the new financial year which in turn brings new budgets to spend, particularly in the public sector. With the prospect of new campaigns on the horizon, here are some points to consider if you’re thinking about commissioning a writer Budget. Do you have money for this project? Do you need to wait for the budget to settle down, for a clear picture of exactly who bid for what and got it, and whether budget...

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How to save time and money when hiring a freelancer

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010 in Freelancing |

Who hasn’t had to bring in some external help to meet a tight deadline at one time or another? If you’ve never done it before it can be a daunting prospect. Here are my top tips for bringing a freelancer on board, painless and effortlessly Preparation.  Before you make an approach, do your preparation. Do you have the authority to hire a freelancer and a budget, have you identified a specific need and what are your timescales? Get to know your...

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Booles rules for seasonal success

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Freelancing, Marketing |

Work, like the seasons, tends to follow a certain pattern. In the public sector, January is all go. There’s pressure to spend budgets by the end of the financial year, projects are reaching the end of their production cycle and there’s proofreading galore to get publications to print, not to mention final stage testing for websites. Surviving this quarter is no mean feat, but understanding the seasons of your work cycle can make your life much...

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