When starting any editorial service, having a break time and looking at the project in summarized details will guide your work on the right track. Whatever kind of freelance editorial services you are dealing with, this article will help you to hone your organization skills while you are working on a project.
You can use file folders or any kind of filing system to stay organized through your entire freelancing career. Do not throw any spare copies or other important notes that you have worked on in the past. Who knows you might need them for future reference or clienteles. It is always good to have the filing system, which will let you browse any project you have done before.
Always review the project contract. Your freelance editorial services may be varied. So, to stay on the top of your career, carefully read the instructions you received from your clients. Place the instructions and your client details in a separate file for easy reference while working on the present project.
A desk calendar is a necessity. You may have a sharp memory, but it may fail you. Determine the important dates to remember and if you have agreed on a deadline, analyze your present project and figure out how many pages each day you need to work on to finish the job at least on due or before the deadline. Give extra time to clean up your project which we will discuss later.
Never put-off any project. Begin your work as soon as possible. After analyzing the project details, work on it right away so that the details are still fresh on your working mind. You can break the freelance project into absorbable chunks. You can work one page a day, or a chapter a week, based on your time constraints and work load. However, never compromise the quality of your editorial services since it will give a bad impression to your reputation as a freelance editor. Particularly, if your client has been reprimanded because of your wrong editing, he will never hire your services and will never refer you to possible clients.
You can follow these guidelines when you are working with an editorial project to complete the job in a well structured and efficient way:
1. Review the entire project to check sense and style
2. Review all illustrations such as diagrams, figures, pictures and ensure they have proper identification, or caption according to your style, or as instructed by your client.
3. Review the project for suitable format, or as directed by the client.
4. Review the project focusing on the jargon of the field or those terms that most standard dictionaries and guidebooks may consider wrong, but are used in a specific field. For example, if you are editing medical transcriptions, you should have a good medical dictionary for medical terms.
5. Match up all citations, table of contents to the contents of the project.
6. Read aloud the whole project. If you have stumbled on a particular part, it may need revision.
7. Send the edited project to your client. Ideally, you should send the complete project before the deadline to allow time allowance if your client has some additions and further inquiries about the job.
You can clean-up on any project that needs revision. Freelance editorial services are not an exception for editing. Your edited projects always need further editing. Check the details again, and be sure that they were followed.
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