My book: Juggling on a High Wire

 

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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 life. This book is based on that experience, plus contributions from other freelancers. I do not pretend to have “the answer” for perfect work-life balance, but I present coaching-style powerful questions, options and choices, and thought challenges to help you create the life you want.

Self-employment can be quite rewarding and even fun, but it presents challenges that we may not have anticipated. Many freelancers end up thinking, “If I’m working ‘when I want to,’ how come that means I’m working all the time?!”

Juggling on a High Wire offers chapters that discuss

  • what work-life balance means in your life, and how your dreams and aspirations fit into it
  • task management in service of work-life balance
  • working from home, while balancing family care and other relationships
  • emergency preparedness
  • dealing with drought, dealing with deluge

I write from my successful career as the owner of Archer Editorial Services and the Editorial Bootcamp. I’m also a trained and certified life coach, which certainly informed some of the concepts in the book.

I offer a practical, thoughtful, real-world approach to crafting and correcting work-life balance. This book is intended for all self-employed workers, from those new to the lifestyle to veteran solopreneurs.

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 tips and good practices
  • Tax tips

Details
When: 5 Tuesdays, April  21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
Time: 12:30 to 1:45 pm EDT
How: Via GoToMeeting (invitation will be issued before class)
Cost: $200 per person

All students will have access to detailed handouts, full MP3 recordings, and video clips from the class, so you do not have to attend “live” as it is broadcast (in fact, many of our students only listen to recordings). In fact, you can join the class at any time just by registering in the form below.

If you have already attended one our live events or webinar, you can save $50 off tuition; contact us for a coupon code before registering.

  • Price: $200.00

Editorial Bootcamp in San Diego, 3/15/14!

We are pleased to announce that the Editorial Bootcamp is coming to San Diego on March 15, 2014, for a full-day event! Sponsored and hosted by the San Diego Professional Editors Network, this event will cover core copyediting concepts and work and business practices!

Details: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm

Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa
9710 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

Registration is open to the public, but space is limited! Register here at Eventbrite. 

 

Just entering the editing field? Well established, but looking for a skill upgrade and professional development? Get whipped into shape at SD/PEN’s Editorial Bootcamp! You’ll go home with new muscle in:

  • The publishing process
  • Copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Work flow, time management, and ergonomics
  • Resume writing, getting clients, setting rates, negotiating, billing, and taxes
Plus, you’ll get:
  • Access to a private LinkedIn group for bootcamp alumni, where you can share what you know and learn from others
  • A 200-page manual filled with more information and resources
  • Catered lunch

NOTE: No need to bring a ticket.

We cannot offer refunds, but if you can’t attend at the last minute, you may send someone in your place–just let us know who.

We cannot accept registrations at the door due to the time necessary to print materials for registrants.

Business of Editorial Freelancing, January 2014

By popular demand! This 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 tips and good practices
  • Tax tips

Details
When: 5 Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4
Time: 1:30 to 2:45 pm EST
How: Via GoToMeeting
Cost: $200 per person

All students will have access to detailed handouts, full MP3 recordings, and video clips from the class, so you do not have to attend “live” as it is broadcast (in fact, many of our students only listen to recordings).

If you have already attended one our live events or webinar, you can save $50 off tuition; contact us for a coupon code before registering.

Register at our Registration page

Business of Editorial Freelancing webinar, December 2012

We are very excited to announce a new 5-session webinar: The Business of Editorial Freelancing

By popular demand! This webinar will focus on freelance business building, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Finding and getting clients
  • Niche editing
  • 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 tips and good practices
  • Tax tips

Details

When: 5 Mondays, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 1:30 to 2:45 pm EST
How: Via GoToMeeting
Cost: $200 per person

All students will have access to detailed handouts, full MP3 recordings, and video clips from the class, so you do not have to attend “live” as it is broadcast (in fact, many of our students only listen to recordings).

If you have already attended one our live events or webinar, you can save $50 off tuition; contact us for a coupon code before registering.

Register at our Registration page

Bootcamp January 29, 2011, Raleigh

There is still space left, so reserve your spot today! The Editorial Bootcamp is delighted to hold a live workshop on January 29, 2011, in Raleigh, NC.

We will be back at the gracious Caribou Coffee, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, offering our popular hands-on intensive training for nonfiction copy editors and proofreaders. Come learn about the business and how to be a freelancer!

Note: This is the last live training date to be offered before Laura takes some maternity leave. We’ve temporarily lowered the price just a bit so you can kick off your New Year with some career development! ($300 instead of $350).

You still get all the great value we offer:

A hands-on training seminar for nonfiction copy editors and proofreaders (or those who want to be). We cover how to go about editing and proofreading, tips and tricks, work practices, business practices, and more. Attendees get a thorough take-home binder (200 pages), personal assessment of skills, mentorship from the trainers, and an appropriate LinkedIn recommendation when complete.

The seminar covers the following topics (and more):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, MS Word optimization, customization
  • Copyediting: spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, copyrighted material, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties. Expanded preclass and in-class exercises.
  • Proofreading: stage of proofs, marking, materials, style sheet and spec sheets, steps, tools, specialty work, and PDF proofing. More in-class exercises.
  • Work practices: tips and tricks, time management, communication, dealing with problems.
  • Business practices: Getting and keeping clients, resumes, sample edits, rates and billing, follow-up options, networking, professionalism, and deadlines.

Register now to reserve your space!

If you cannot attend on this date, please let us know if you are still interested. We plan to schedule more training dates (including events in other cities), we offer private events for groups and companies, and we are exploring webinars and e-books.