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Any editors out there?

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Fruitflylady Mon 08-May-17 13:51:09

I've been doing some editing in a voluntary capacity and some paid work (scientific editing and proof reading) over the last few years and want to bring in a bit more work. My question is, do you find it helpful to belong to a society or organisation of editors? And have you done any of their courses? Are they worthwhile?

RandomlyOrganized Fri 12-May-17 09:49:12

Sorry you haven't had a reply until now. I'm probably not going to be much help. I've been an editor (environmental field mainly) for a long time. You'll have found SfEP. Someone on here has mentioned another organization, but I can't remember the name. I had a dip in work flow and looked into whether joining SfEP might increase exposure. I wasn't clear whether my experience would allow me to skip some of the training. If it didn't, I'd have to cover a lot that I don't need - subject areas to some extent, but also hard-copy editing and proofing, which I haven't needed (thank goodness) for decades. But if I were allowed to skip the training, being one of their listed editors might give the impression that I have a wider competence than I actually have. I let the idea drop. I have no doubt that the training would have improved my competence in useful areas, but there was too much that I simply didn't want to be bothered with. I would have liked to do their organizational course, but was too disorganized to get around to it! For you, I'd say nothing beats experience (=I've made most mistakes there are to be made), so if you're confident that you know what professional editing and proofing entail, and that you are doing a good job, I would keep on as you are. I've generally got work by word of mouth. When I've applied formally I've often, to my surprise, been snapped up - but not always. If you do join an organization, I'd love to hear if it brings in more work!

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