In this guest post for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, I set out the new features of the Society’s Directory of Editorial Services, which is a searchable listing of more than 600 editorial professionals.
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Here’s part 3 of my series on technical writing prices. This time, I look at the research that technical writers have to do before they can produce any useful content.
Here’s a quick round-up of a poll I ran about technical writers’ preferences for common computing terms.
I write for a predominantly British audience in UK English, but I sometimes have to use computing terms, which are usually written in American English (probably because of style guides such as the Microsoft Manual of Style). That can lead to an odd mixing of styles.
Recently, I’ve noticed more UK spellings creeping into technical communications about computing, and I wanted to get a feel for what others thought about this.
Here’s part 6 of my series of short and snappy Mac tips. As usual, I’m serving up 5 useful pointers to help you be a better Mac user.
1. Change sidebar icon size
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Have you ever read a piece of writing that feels as though it were created just for you?
The author of that text will have thought about the audience – what they would need to know and how they should be made to feel about it. This is the essence of good, persuasive writing.
This post shows you how to build a picture of your ideal reader, so you write content suited to him or her. And that in turn will help turn those readers into customers and loyal fans.
This is the second post in my ‘technical writing prices’ series. Last time, I looked at how much technical writing costs. This time, I’ll explain why technical writing can be so expensive.
Here are 10 reasons to explain why freelance technical writers charge what seems to be a lot of money.
How much does technical writing and technical copywriting cost? In this post, I provide my own figures and point to data from the annual pay survey conducted by the Professional Copywriters’ Network (PCN).
⭐️ Summary for busy people
The PCN’s 2018 survey puts the average day rate for copywriting at £342.
My day rate is £425.
One of my favourite ways to keep up to date with what other freelance editorial pros are doing is to listen to their podcasts. This is one of many strands in my continuing professional development, and is something I can do when I’m not at my desk. If you’ve never made a roast dinner while learning about how to deal with freelance writing clients, you haven’t lived!
So, which podcasts are on my must-listen list? Let’s take a look.
In this post, John Espirian shares 5 more tips for being a better Mac user.
1. Navigate using the hidden window title menu
Ctrl-click the title of a window in the Finder and you’ll see all the folders that lead to that window. Click any folder in the list to jump to it quickly. If you’ve got 19 seconds to spare(!), this video will show you how to do it:
In this guest post for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), John Espirian sets out 10 tips to help new proofreaders take on their first proofreading job.
As well as upholding editorial standards, the SfEP does a lot to support its members, particularly those new to copy-editing and proofreading. As a director of the Society, I thought I’d pull together a lot of the good advice shared by our experienced members and place it into this blog. So, here’s a video and a written set of tips for newbie proofreaders taking on their first proofreading job: