The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

On Wednesday 15th February, Kathryn Munt, Astrid deRidder and Anna Faherty were in turns helpful, humorous and honest in their observations on outsourcing and freelancing. Astrid used the term ‘unicorn’ to describe the ideal freelancer: reliable, on time, within budget, problem solving, going beyond the brief. Each of us smiled as we realised that we were […]

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

In the run up to the next BookMachine event on Wednesday (15th), ‘Outsourcing Uncovered:Managing, inspiring and evaluating your out-of-house workforce‘, Liz Jones shares her top tips for staying interested as a freelancer.  Many publishing professionals make the leap from employment to freelancing. However, it can be a shock to move from a senior in-house position […]

‘No’ your way to a better business

‘No’ your way to a better business

As I write this, I’m nearly deluged in paid work. I said ‘yes!’ to clients about three times more than I should have. My bank account will be very happy in about six weeks, but in the meantime I’m getting up early, squeezing in work everywhere, skipping exercise, deferring personal appointments, and drinking extra coffee. […]

Remote control: Collaboration and proofing tools for design teams

Remote control: Collaboration and proofing tools for design teams

For many of the book publishers I work with the use of freelancers is an integral part of their workflow. Some companies offer their internal design and editorial staff the opportunity of working from home and use remote working on projects with colleagues based in other locations. It might not be for everyone, but working […]

The importance of networking for freelance editors

The importance of networking for freelance editors

… or any freelancers really. Those of us who work from home and don’t get out much. You know who you are. At this time of year when it’s cold and wet here in the UK, it’s tempting to bundle ourselves up in blankets, scarves and fingerless mitts, and get down to work without giving […]

Interview with expert book cover designer Tamian Wood

Interview with expert book cover designer Tamian Wood

This is a guest interview with Tamian Wood. “Whether you are a self published author, or a New York Times best selling author, your book cover art should grab your reader and tell them, in an instant, “Take me home! I am just what you need!”” Here Tamian talks about her work, and experience creating […]

How to brief a book designer

How to brief a book designer

This is a guest post by Annette Peppis. Annette is an enthusiastic early member of BookMachine. Annette helps publishers attract more readers by creating a professional look that builds their business and reflects their values, and offers smart and stylish solutions. You can read Annette’s blog about about graphic design here. Anxious about briefing a […]

How to work with publishers: 8 tips for freelancers

How to work with publishers: 8 tips for freelancers

Following on from our tips for publishers working with freelancers, freelancers need to be able to see things from the publisher’s point of view too. Yes, freelancers struggle sometimes, but there are ways to counteract lack of communication. Help publishers to help you where they can. 1) Remember to communicate effectively with your publisher and […]

How to work with freelancers: 8 tips for publishers

How to work with freelancers: 8 tips for publishers

Whether you are working as a freelance or in-house, the publishing world relies on great communication, specialist skills and not a small amount of stress. If you are already in the industry, you know just how hectic life can become as publication day rolls near. Having great connections is part of the game, and failure […]

Inside freelancing: Louise Le Bas, Editorial

Inside freelancing: Louise Le Bas, Editorial

Louise Le Bas is a Senior Associate at Just Content, with experience across the broad range of formats, media and sectors spanning academic (books and journals), professional and education. Here Melody Dawes interviews her. 1) What do you offer and who are your clients/have you worked with? I specialise in education and professional publishing, though I do also do a […]