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Old 01-22-2015, 06:12 PM
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I am trying to get some freelance work editing fiction, but all the freelance service sites such as elance and guru are bombarded with people looking for work. Also, the sites themselves are not specific to writing. Another issue with them (or at least Elance) is that people offer to do jobs for ridiculously cheap amounts (edit a whole novel for $10 ?!) I've also tried craigslist and other more message board-oriented sites, but there are usually only a handful of jobs posted there.

Is there anywhere out there on the internet that experienced but relatively new editors such as myself have an actual chance at getting a freelance job? I'm not asking for writers to gamble with me, but just to give me the opportunity to do some sample editing to see if they would like to hire me.

I appreciate any help or information you can provide.
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First, do you have a site that you can direct people to? If not, consider making one up and putting a link in your signature or profile wherever you hang out online that's around writers.

I have a wild idea that might help you, who knows. There are so many godawful self-published books out there. If you have time to spare, maybe consider starting there, since they've probably already seen that nobody's buying their books after looking through the "search inside this book" thing.

Look on Amazon for the ones that need lots of work. Maybe suggest corrections on the first couple of pages and send the writer that along with a price quote for the rest of the book, if you can find out how to reach them. You might have to do a few before you get a job. Then ask for a review on your work for them and put that on your site so others can see that people have vouched for you.

If so, let us know how it goes!
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Very good idea, I had not thought about contacting those who had already "finished" with their books. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.
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As a writer, I'd be asking what qualifications you have if you have no testimonials from authors yet.

I also freelance edit, but I freelance for a particular publisher who also specialises in my writing genre (e.g., I edit what I love to read and write).

You could go that way. I'd just recommend making a list of pulishers in your specialist genre, then having a look at their websites for employment positions. Most do ask for 1 year's experience, but if you're prepared to start at intern level and with proofreading, you can work your way up within 6-12 months. With intern posistions, you'll be given tests etc to evaluate your skill level, so it won't matter if you've had little physial experience (your skill will speak for you).

On websites... they are a a very good idea, but you need your experience behind you, and those testionials. I've been paid for freelance content editing for two years now, but I still don't have a website advertising my editorial work (the edits comes via the publisher I freelance for). I still see this time as a building a portfolio period.

To approach an author, you need to be able to convince them that you're worth the money you're asking.

If you approach publishers online, avoid those who mention that payment is royalty-based. That means you only earn money if the novel sells. If you edit a novel and it makes no sales, you don't get a penny for your work. You're after a flat rate: where you're paid in full and on time after an edit is complete.
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Thanks so much for the information and advice. I will definitely keep it all in mind.
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Word Trance, are you still looking for editing work? I'm looking for someone to help me in self-publishing my books.
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