The Chicago Guide for Freelance Editors: How To Take Care of Your Business, Your Clients, and Yourself from Start-Up to Sustainability

Univ. of Chicago. Apr. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780226833064. pap. $25. REF
For readers with a meticulous mindset and a background in English, writing, or editing, freelance editing is a viable option in this era that embraces remote work and side gigs. As a former copyediting instructor and the owner of a writing/editing business, Brenner (editor of Copyediting’s Grammar Tune-Up Workbook) is positioned to address what’s required to launch a successful business in this field. By breaking it down into easily digestible concepts, she explains the minutiae of running a business such as estimating, calculating, and establishing rates that yield adequate income. She also takes readers through a self-evaluation about whether this career is for them and provides a look into the necessary skills and qualifications. Her book shows how to set up an effective business structure. She says that freelancing isn’t always easy and urges readers to set personal goals for success. Each chapter concludes with “key takeaways.” The book’s focus is on freelance editing in the United States, but much of the information is applicable worldwide. Extensive backmatter is packed with critical resources.
VERDICT A definitive, comprehensive ready reference guide that addresses both personal assessment and practical steps to make a successful entry into the freelance gig industry.
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