Your editor is often the overlooked party in the careers of freelancers. We see them as the irritants who moan about where this word goes and where that comma should be. Yes, they can be annoying, but you can gain a lot from creating this relationship. In this article, were going to go through some of the ways you can endear yourself to your editor and boost your freelancing career prospects.
1. Keep them Updated
Keep them updated on what youre doing. This can make sure youre on the right track and you arent potentially creating a conflict of interest. Remember, your editor will have a set of people they will or wont have anything to do with. Keep them in the loop to show you care about what they think.
2. Add Value
Add value to yourself as a writer and as a client by providing any supplemental information. If you have something the editor may need to consider, send them something to supplement their work. Dont wait for them to find it and then ask questions.
3. Edit Yourself
Further make your editors job easier by reading your work one last time. Remove all those redundant phrases, repeated expressions, and grammar mistakes. By turning in the cleanest piece of work you possibly can, you make the editors job easier.
4. Be Willing to Defer
So youve got a nasty message from a client?
Let the editor see the message. Defer to their authority and ask for their opinion. Let their authority take over and have them explain themselves. Dont try to take on everything yourself.
5. Learn from Your Mistakes
Make progress as a writer by really taking on-board what your editor has said to you. Dont make the same mistakes over and over or theyll feel like theyre wasting their breath. Write down the most critical points for next time, and remember to actually incorporate them.
6. Know Your Editors Schedule
Find out what your editor will be doing in the next few months. If you find theyre working on something you know something about, tell them. It could well save them lots of time trying to find suitable candidates to take on their next project.
7. Refer a Friend
Not able to complete the assignment for your editor? No problem, defer to another writer who will know the topic. Youll gain more in karma through helping someone else out than you will trying to struggle on with something you know next to nothing about.
8. Encroaching on the Word Count
Try to stay away from encroaching upon the word count. You were asked to submit something that was 500 words. If this is the case, never go over 550 words. Use the 10% rule on all assignments. If you cant stop it, tell your editor that you need more words. Dont just throw them something that goes way over the word count. It only makes their life difficult.
9. Hanging Editors
If your editor sends you a message, get back to them as quickly as you can. Nothing infuriates and editor more than a writer who leaves them hanging. Theyre on deadlines themselves and they cant afford to wait around for you to reply.
10. Fact Checking
Its your duty as the writer to check any facts you include. All editors understand that they have to perform some fact checking to confirm certain aspects of an article. What they shouldnt have to do is check the whole thing. This all ties into not giving editors extra work. Make sure you check everything twice before submitting to your editor.
Make the most of these tips to ensure you have a mutually beneficial relationship with your editor and take your freelance career prospects to the next level!