I’ve had a quiet start to 2020. This isn’t all bad though as it’s given me space to think about new directions.
Reflecting on my editing business, I want to make some changes.
I want to be able to offer indie writers more creative support. This is why I created a few different developmental editing packages for writers working at different levels. For example, while some writers know that they want a full edit with a revision letter, other writers might benefit more from a straight revision letter (a report of the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript with advice on how they might approach their next draft). Still others might not be ready with a full draft yet but would benefit from some initial feedback on their outline and/or opening chapters. Others might not even be ready for this level of feedback and might simply want help brainstorming and shaping their ideas into the kernel of a story. Whatever type of assistance that’s needed, I want to be able to offer it.
This brings me to my next point. Indie authors don’t just need developmental editors, they also need line editors, copy-editors and proofreaders. While I sometimes already do line editing for tone and voice, I’m not trained in copy-editing or proofreading, so I don’t offer these services. But I would like to be able to offer writers something more.
I’m currently exploring the possibility of doing a proofreading course with the Publishing Training Centre in spring. Should I decide to take the course, I hope to be able to offer a proofreading service in the future. The course takes one year and would equip me with the basic skills needed to begin work as a proofreader. It would also provide me with a widely recognised industry qualification (all courses run by the Publishing Training Centre are assessed by their Publishing Qualifications Board).
So, until next time, watch this space!