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

Bootcamp: Raleigh, NC, May 17, 2014

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Editorial Bootcamp

We are very pleased to announced our classic Copyediting Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Raleigh, NC.

The materials have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You still get all the great value we offer through a hands-on training seminar about nonfiction copy editing. We cover how to get started, how to go about editing, tips and tricks, skills, work practices, business practices, and more.

The seminar covers the following topics (among others):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, software optimization, customization
  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties.
  • Some advanced topics like notes, references, tables, and figures.
  • 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.

Details:
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm
Crabtree Chiropractic Center meeting room, 4517 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
Cost: $250 per person (check or Paypal)

Check our Testimonials page to learn about what others have experience at our bootcamp.

For those who want to travel from out of town, there are two hotels very close to the event venue, and I will happily provide details for you.

You may register right here if you like. Please note: You will receive details for mailing in a check or a Paypal invoice once you have registered! Thank you!

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

Baltimore Bootcamp, October 14, 2012

It’s less than a month away, and spaces are still available! Register now!

An intensive skills workshop on the basics of copyediting plus some advanced topics.

When: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland (1000 Aliceanna Street)

Costs: $250 per person; $200 for attendees of the Communication Central Conference

BONUS! The bootcamp workshop piggybacks the Communication Central Conference, “Be a Better Freelancer! Resources for a Successful Editorial Business,” happening in the same location on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. Bootcamp attendees get a discount on conference registration. Laura is involved in the Communication Central conference, so come to Baltimore for the whole weekend to grow your business and improve your skills!

Register here (Note, it’s a 3-page form, the bootcamp registration is the third page; you do not have to register for both events)

This event will be an intensive editorial training covering fundamentals and advanced topics of nonfiction copyediting.

  • Reference and style guides
  • Author’s voice
  • Querying
  • Software
  • Style sheets
  • Notes and references
  • Tables and figures
  • Front- and backmatter
  • And more!

Registration is open, reserve your spot today!