Is It Okay to Be an Editorial Generalist?
Beginning freelance editors are often advised to “niche down.” The advantages of picking and sticking to an editorial niche are promoted in terms of acquiring expertise in a particular area, pursuing subjects that are your passion or plugging into networks of discipline-specific clients. Acknowledged expertise in a particular niche may also enable you to command […]
Going Solo: Choosing to Freelance After Layoffs
The fateful call from the largest newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I worked as an editor, left me unprepared. It was the same for the other 17 people who were laid off this year, almost all of whom, like me, were over 40. It felt as though a door had been slammed […]
Listening With the Heart: Editing Indigenous Manuscripts
A Quill and Quire article popped up in my Twitter feed in late June: “Humber becomes new home for Indigenous Editors Circle.” I was thrilled that the Circle had found a home at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto’s west end. Even better: a workshop on editing Indigenous manuscripts was being held in mid-August. I […]
Editing Niches: Grant Applications in Scientific Research
Cynics call it science fiction — the planned research that is described in applications for scientific grants. But I love good science fiction, and I love reading the amazing research stories of these scientists. Luckily, more researchers are appreciating good editing in the increasingly fierce competition for research funding. What kinds of editing do researchers […]