Freelance Editor Work

by WorkFromHome on April 21, 2011

Editors play and important role in helping writers to refine their writing as they work on projects ranging from long term work, like novels, and shorter projects like news articles, research publications and even online news magazines. Freelance editors enjoy a great deal of flexibility in their professional lives, while working to coordinate their writers with proofreaders, publishers, commercial artists and other professionals whose work will contribute to the final product.

Often, your work as a freelance editor can be accomplished with nothing more than a great deal of diplomacy, an excellent understanding of what the final product should look like, and a BlackBerry or other smartphone with which to liaise with your various business partners. This means that while you may find the bulk of your work comes from publications that are headquartered in major cities like Sydney and Brisbane, you can find professional success as a freelance editor while located anywhere in Australia. Whether you work from home in a remote corner of the country, enjoying a tropical vacation abroad or even further away, as long as you can be reached by e-mail and phone for conference calls, you can do your job.

One of the key measures of success for a freelance editor is an ability to not only hew to strict deadlines, but to keep others on those deadlines as well. This can be especially challenging since, as a freelance editor, it is unlikely that you will be working in the same place as them. If you are unable to manage your writers, proofreaders and the other freelancers working under you to deliver their work to you on time, you will be unable to deliver the final product to your client on time. This means that you will be unlikely to be hired again in the future, nor will you get a valuable recommendation for future work.

Freelancing as an editor means that your new career path will be built entirely upon your reputation for being able to deliver a finished product on time and on budget. While this means that you have total control over which projects you attach yourself to, the nature of being a freelance editor is such that your professional reputation and future are still subject to the performance of those that you hire or are hired to work with.

Having to depend on the performance of the writers that you are editing to deliver your finished project to the client may mean that you will find yourself working against a tight deadline to rewrite large portions of someone else’s poorly written work, in order to save your own reputation and future as a freelance editor. Although this may be aggravating, it is a part of maintaining the high professional standards that are necessary to grow a successful and profitable career as a freelance editor.

If you have not already figured it out from the above, communication is an important part of becoming a successful freelance editor. You will need to be able to make your expectations clear regarding when you want to receive first and second drafts and further revisions from your writers, as well as any expectations you have of your proofwriters, artistic designers and other professionals.

Successful freelance editors also are savvy businessmen, able to negotiate effective contracts that compensate them generously for the often innumerable hours that they put in on behalf of their clients. This will require you to communicate with your current and potential clients to draw up contracts that make mutual expectations clear regarding deliverable items as well as dates. Although it can be daunting, it also is important for you to communicate setbacks in your project, such as a writer who has failed to deliver his article to you, to your client, prior to your missing your deadline to provide the finished product to the client.

Freelance editing can be a great way to enjoy a dynamic career working with others on interesting projects without being tied to an office. Success as a freelance editor will only occur, however, if you can combine editing with an ability to communicate with both writers and other professionals who may present management challenges, while negotiating profitable contracts with your clients.

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