6 tips for better book design

6 tips for better book design

I’m a book designer. When I introduce myself as such people often ask if I’m an illustrator. Some book designers are skilled illustrators, but, the focus in my work tends to be more concerned with type and layout. I came to book design via a graphic communication background not an arts or illustrative background, which I think becomes obvious when […]

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

Stop the race to the bottom, value your writing services

I need an editor … you’ll be rewarded I need an editor … you’ll get great exposure I need an editor … fast I need an editor … I don’t mind paying I need an editor … willing to pay I need an editor … for free   If you need an editor … I’ll […]

So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

So you want to be a freelance editor? Tips from the coalface

It is a truth universally acknowledged that book editors spend their days languidly leafing through the pages of books and occasionally waving a red pen in the vague direction of a stray comma or unruly capital… Or so I’ve been told – on numerous occasions. But never by the lucky ones who get to toil […]

Using social media to find new clients

Using social media to find new clients

How to start? You have a Twitter account, are active on Facebook, have a LinkedIn presence and a website, but you need these to work for you. We all face the difficult task of finding new clients, but marketing via social media can make selling your services online much easier. Social media can be a […]

10 tips for building a freelance business website

10 tips for building a freelance business website

If you don’t yet have an online presence, in the form of even a simple website, then it’s time to consider setting one up. It needn’t be anything complicated, but potential clients are increasingly looking to the web to find editors and proofreaders, even if it’s just to confirm that you look like a real […]

Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

Editorial freelancers, know when to say no

We’re in the business of saying yes … but just as important can be knowing when to say no – some projects may just be more trouble than they are worth. Here are some warning signs to look out for. An unreasonably long test. You have to decide what you consider unreasonable, of course, and it […]

Managing communication in outsourcing: What tools are available to publishers?

Managing communication in outsourcing: What tools are available to publishers?

As outsourcing becomes the norm in publishing there is a demand for tools to help manage the communication between in-house staff and their freelancers. This recent whitepaper from Just Content in collaboration with BookMachine explores the options available to publishers along with the issues surrounding communication itself: Communication is key to ensuring that projects run […]

Choosing the right outsourcing resource for your publishing projects

Choosing the right outsourcing resource for your publishing projects

Maintaining quality publishing whilst outsourcing work to various third parties is a concern for every publisher. A good freelancer or packager will take this requirement as seriously as their clients but how can publishers make the right choice of resource for their outsourced projects? A recent Just Content whitepaper in collaboration with BookMachine, looked at […]

What makes a good translator?

What makes a good translator?

You’re in search of a translator – someone utterly reliable, preferably with a small spark of genius, to work on a manuscript (fiction or non-fiction), a cover blurb or marketing materials. You have a short list of names, including referrals from colleagues and a couple of translators whose websites look good. How do you choose? […]

The demand for outsourcing in publishing continues to rise

The demand for outsourcing in publishing continues to rise

As technology continuously improves so too does the effectiveness of virtual and remote working for all. A recent Just Content whitepaper in collaboration with BookMachine, looked at how the publishing industry has evolved from working solely in-house, to outsourcing work. But what is driving this trend and why is it so popular in the publishing industry? […]