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A Year in the Life of a Freelance Writer and Editor

Last year, I wrote a blog post about the projects I worked on the prior year because I often get asked, “So you’re a freelancer. What do you really do?” This year, I’m continuing this new tradition of taking a

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3 Things I Learned While Editing the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to edit Nancy Hendrickson’s Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com. Before editing the book, I thought I knew Ancestry.com pretty well, especially since I often used it in my freelance work for Family Tree Magazine

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How to Know It’s Time for a Career Change

Two years ago I made a big career change: I gave up my full-time job with benefits to become a full-time freelance writer and editor. As I’ve talked with my friends throughout the past couple of years, many of them

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What I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor

“So, you’re a freelancer, but what do you really do?” When I first started my full-time freelance writing and editing gig two years ago today, I got this question a lot, especially from family and friends and even from business

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6 Practical Tips to Improve Your First Draft

As an editor, I’ve seen writing that runs the gamut from copy in a really rough state to writing that’s quite polished with few errors. No matter what you’re writing—a book, a marketing brochures, or an email blast—a rougher work

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Tools of the Trade: 5 Essential Tools This Freelancer Can’t Live Without

When I began to do freelance writing and editing full-time, I thought all I’d need was my laptop and an Internet connection to do my work efficiently. The longer I have freelanced, the more tools I’ve discovered to help me

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5 Reasons to Hire an Editor

The work that editors do is sometimes undervalued. Of course, as a professional editor, I may be a little biased, but if people could see the work that goes on behind-the-scenes—before a brochure, a book, or even a website is

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