Learning to say yes

Last week I took part in a panel session on blogging at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, #CIEP2021. This being 2021, it happened via Zoom. I attended the 2020 conference too, but as a delegate only, so this was my first presentation online. (Of course I’ve been taking part in Zoom meetings for the … Read More

Riding the confidence wave (still)

This is a post I wrote and published in September 2015, just before I turned 40. I’ve often thought about it since – and especially now, as I prepare to take part in a session on blogging for the upcoming CIEP conference (#CIEP2021). I planned to update it for this blog (it originally appeared on my old blog, Eat Sleep … Read More

Freelance editing and the summer holidays

I’ve been fantasising about writing this post for a month … but here in the UK it’s been the summer holidays, so in reality it’s been all I can do to keep paid work going at a roughly normal level, and aim to get my kids off their screens and into the fresh air at least once a day. I … Read More

Respond and connect

It’s been just over half a year since I relaunched my business as Responsive Editing. I wrote then about the process of renaming, rebranding and the new website, and in that post I said I would write again in six months’ time on how it had all gone. That time is about now. Apparently in other news, yesterday evening we … Read More

How can we do the best job possible?

Recently, I had some disastrous tiling done in a small shower room in our house. (Not the tiles in the featured image. I couldn’t bear to include an actual photo.) It was so bad I almost felt I could have done better myself – and I’m no expert, having only ever applied nine tiles in my whole life. Meanwhile, the … Read More

If I don’t write it down, can it even happen?

I love to-do lists. As the owner of a small business, I have a million and one things to remember to do, from meeting major deadlines to all of the minuscule pieces of admin that keep things running smoothly and legally. Then of course there are the parallel demands of a fairly busy household. I used to keep a notebook … Read More

Too much information, or not enough?

I started mulling over writing this post months ago, after the first flurry of posts I’d published on my new website. My partner read one of them and he said, ‘I’m amazed at how much you give away, sometimes. You’re sharing trade secrets. You’re telling people how to do what you do!’ He looked a bit worried. So I told … Read More

The ages of freelancing

Recently, I’ve been pondering age a lot. Last September I turned 45, and I’m at that point where I’m starting to feel it. Not in a terribly dramatic way, because I am fortunate enough to be in good health, but more a notion that I need to take a little more care of myself, that I am not as physically … Read More

Blog appreciation: March

Here are some posts by other editors and writers that I’ve enjoyed reading recently. Editing tests, clients and the editor by Ayesha Chari The question of whether or not editors should take tests to secure work is a fraught one. I’ll come right out and say that I’m perfectly happy to take a test for a client if I think … Read More

Setting boundaries as a freelancer

Last week I wrote about how anxiety can affect freelancers, and in passing I mentioned the need to set boundaries. I thought it might be helpful to say a bit more about that. For me, one of the most important aspects of building a sustainable freelance career is taking control. Sometimes, especially when we start out, it can feel as … Read More