7 practical changes to increase your rates

7 practical changes to increase your rates

The subject of rates is often fraught with difficulty. We work in a competitive field, and there can be tremendous pressure on budgets. However, if you’d like to increase your average hourly rate, there are some small changes – which you don’t have to make all at once – that can add up to a […]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. February’s winner was Emma Murray, who wrote for us about why it’s worth investing in a good ghostwriter. Emma is a bestselling author and ghostwriter, specialising in business, psychology and higher education. She also ghosts books, blogs, articles, case […]

7 steps for pricing your editorial work

7 steps for pricing your editorial work

Pricing editorial work comes up time and again in discussion between editors. Here’s an overview of the basic process of quoting for work, which can be applied across a range of situations. The same principles can also be used to work out if a fixed fee offered by a client is fair. 1) Assess the information […]

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 […]