An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 5-14-20: Website Revamp & Bulb Update

Two full months into the coronavirus stay-at-home life, I’ve finally tackled a task put off for far too long: revisions to this website…

An Editor’s Shelter-in-Place Diary 4/28/20: First Entry and Bulbs

Like so many, I’ve been sheltering in place this spring due to coronavirus. In my case this began partially on March 16, 2020, the first day that my son’s public school became fully online…

Achieving GoalTopia: A chat with Debra Eckerling, author of “Your Goal Guide”

One of my go-to Twitter chats is Debra Eckerling’s #GoalChat (which everyone should totally check out). When she mentioned the forthcoming work goal-setting on the chat in 2019, I immediately knew an author interview and book feature was on my blogging horizon. I spoke with Eckerling in January, just before the publication of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals…

You may need a current resume next month. Next week. Tomorrow. Today!

When my child began full-day kindergarten in 2012, I contemplated whether to go back into work full time or explore robust work-at-home options. Either choice required a current resume, and at the time I hadn’t updated mine in nearly five years…

Is spellcheck enough? Nope! Have an eyeball or two review that writing project.

When people discover I’m a freelance editor at networking events or through casual conversation, they occasionally ask this question: “Why does anyone need an editor when they can just use spellcheck?”

#EditorsFiguringOut … An Action Plan after a Laptop Drop

Over time, computers – desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones – outlive their usefulness. Some become slow with accumulated software updates/upgrades. Others become glitchy. Or the battery life wanes. Or the computer simply stops working entirely. Though my 2015 laptop was a lovely combination of slow and glitchy with low battery life, its writing and editing software worked well … so I ignored the annoyances (and programmed Microsoft Word to autosave and create file backup copies). Until one day when I couldn’t…

Editing, Copywriting, Exercising

Writing at mid-morning, I am focused. The only sound is the computer keys as I type, and my awareness of even that noise fades as words appear on the screen. Sitting up straight – not hunched – helps to maintain concentration while fingers fly over the keys (thanks to eleventh grade typing back in the 1980s). Otherwise, I am still, save for flexing my mind. But one can only be stationary for so long before concentration and creative productivity wanes; the body requires periodic flexing too!…

What copy do you need to write in 2019?

Every December I take stock of the accumulated clutter my basement. Not exciting, but oh so necessary. Similarly, now a good moment to review small business or freelancing endeavors – including the written portion. In the New Year do you plan to stay put or mix things up with regards to your existing copy?

Book Review: Twitter Marketing Unlocked by Angela Hemans

In August I wrote about  “#EditorsFiguringOut … A Social Media Marketing Schedule.” Here is a continuation of that topic on more specific level, with a review of Angela Heman’s Twitter Marketing Unlocked. Since Twitter is my primary business social platform (followed by LinkedIn) – and as I was already trying to expand my social media presence – Hemans’ new book was a timely and welcome find…

#EditorsFiguringOut … A Social Media Marketing Schedule

Do freelance editors truly need to do social media marketing? YES – resoundingly so. Even if most of the business is local, those locals need to see the editor is comfortable online as well as off. Such is the digital world we now inhabit. Plus, a well-thought-out, targeted social media calendar can lead to greater online peer / client connections, referrals and (paying) jobs.