“No” Your Way to Ideal Assignments

‘No’ is your passport to the next level. —That guy… Who was in that thing (an actual movie title) How to use “no” to get better work. Work toward your ideal assignments by making time for them, and to find them. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

How to Prepare for an Unexpected (Long) Absence

The first rule of succession planning is: start now! Would your coworkers know where to pick up the project to continue your work, or even what projects you are prioritizing? If you are not around coworkers daily, how long would it take for someone to notice your absence? A missed deadline, perhaps? Unanswered emails? Today,…

T&C for Disturbing Subjects

Right to refuse: set terms and conditions (T&C in your contract or letter of agreement) to avoid subjects that disturb you. The latest in a series about editing disturbing topics, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

How to Ask for Testimonials

Client testimonials: need ’em, get ‘em, got ‘em, put ‘em. Testimonials are the main currency in today’s online economy. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I explore how to get testimonials about your work and what to do with them.   Also read these great prompts by Jenika at Psychology for Photographers (and other creatives) in “3…

How to Become the Next Big Thing

To become the next big thing, begin at home, then go there, then over there, then way over there. Today, I show that this can apply to editors (and writers), in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

How to Use a Coach for Professional Development

Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I talk about coaching as a PD option. Coaching is like mentoring, with more structure and accountability; and a coach doesn’t need to know publishing to help an editor move her skills and her career forward.

How to Cross-Train for Editing

Cross-training is the focus of today’s How To column at Copyediting.com, as I continue my series on innovative professional development tactics for mid-career and senior editors. Here are examples of cross-training I have done myself:

How a Mastermind Group Educates Sr Editors

Mastermind groups are the focus of today’s How To column at Copyediting.com, as I continue my series on innovative professional development tactics for mid-career and senior editors. When you have these peers, their energy, successes and support can catapult your career.

Bad Debts, and Other Tax Write-Offs

Income tax deduction tips for self-employed Canadian editors, including use of home expenses, bad debts, and other write-offs, today in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

How a Study Group Can Benefit Mid-Career Editors

A study group can provide the high-level, in-depth knowledge and peer check-in that mass-market courses can’t offer the mid-career and senior editor looking for professional development. Today in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I tell you the key things you need to do to make it work.