My book: Juggling on a High Wire

  I’m tickled pink to let you all know that I have written a book for freelancers and self-employed folks! Juggling on a High Wire: The Art of Work-Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed. (Available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions.) In my 18 or so years as a freelancer, I have weathered feast and famine periods, been overworked and underworked, and fretted over my schedule as I try to balance work and the rest of my … [Read More...]

Editorial Bootcamp: Chicago, Jan 11, 2016

I am very pleased to announced the classic Copyediting Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2016, in Chicago, IL. Update 11/6/2015: We will have two assistant instructors! You'll get the benefit of the wisdom of Adrienne Montgomerie and Amy Schneider as well! The materials have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You still get all the great value I offer through a hands-on … [Read More...]

Editing Previously Published Material

Previously Published Material Now and then, I am asked to edit a collection of previously published material, such as The Collected Papers of Joe Bob Clampett. Such a volume might consist of journal articles, talks and presentations, book chapters, working papers, and so on. Presumably, all the original publications have granted permission to reprint the material by the time it comes to me for copyediting, so I don’t have to fret about … [Read More...]

Editing Nonfiction Prose, part 2

Editing Prose Series In the world of scholarly nonfiction, prose can get very dense and specialized. You need to (1) have a sharp eye for details and language, (2) balance consistency with flexibility, and (3) keep a great style sheet. It helps (sometimes a lot) to have a topic familiarity, but this is not strictly necessary. This two-part series covers some key concepts for editing nonfiction: dealing with dense language, specialty … [Read More...]

Editing Nonfiction Prose, part 1

Editing Prose Series In the world of scholarly nonfiction, prose can get very dense and specialized. You need to (1) have a sharp eye for details and language, (2) balance consistency with flexibility, and (3) keep a great style sheet. It helps (sometimes a lot) to have a topic familiarity, but this is not strictly necessary. This two-part series covers some key concepts for editing nonfiction: dealing with dense language, specialty … [Read More...]

Copyediting Intensive: Rochester NY, Sept. 27, 2015

The Editorial Bootcamp will be offering a Copyediting Intensive workshop on Sunday, September 27, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown (125 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604; 585-546-1234) in Rochester, NY! This will be an intensive seminar focusing on the fundamentals of copyediting with some advanced topics as well! The Copyediting Intensive immediately follows the 2015 Communication Central conference, "Be a Better Freelancer: Take … [Read More...]

New webinar: Editing on PDF (June-July 2015)

Editorial Bootcamp is excited to announce a new webinar on Editing on PDF by featured guest instructor Adrienne Montgomerie. Adrienne has developed a very thorough, very hands-on course on editing PDFs using Adobe's tools (Reader and Acrobat). This will be a five-session webinar with lots of demonstration, exercises, and even interactive work with feedback during the session. There will also be companion documents and self-check exercises for … [Read More...]

Business of Editorial Freelancing, Spring 2015

By popular demand! This five-part webinar will focus on freelance business building, including (but not limited to) the following topics: Finding and getting clients Creating and marketing a niche Setting rates and negotiating Resumes, LinkedIn, and your website Marketing, networking, social media Building your business in a slow time Client communication Feedback Your professional presence (branding, website, etc.) Work … [Read More...]

Spring 2015 Online Events

I am excited to announce two online events for bootcamp training in Spring 2015! Copyediting 101  This five-week asynchronous webinar is offered through the EFA. Sign up soon--this popular class usually sells out quickly. Begins February 18. Description: In this online course, you will learn the basic concepts and skills of nonfiction copy editing, relying on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Find out how to assess manuscripts, prep them … [Read More...]

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What attendees are saying…

I loved the bootcamp! I was curious about editing, and thinking of doing some editing of scientific articles for non-native English speakers. The bootcamp gave me all the skills I need. Also, Laura helped me with my resume, and I already got an editing job. I highly recommend Copy Editing/Proofreading Bootcamp!