Starting a Freelance Editorial Services Business

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Freelance editors work on a contract basis for publishers and, in some cases, individual authors. While some specialise in providing a particular type of editorial service, others work on a range of projects including fiction and non-fiction books, features, articles, newsletters and web content.

As well as basic proofreading and correcting mistakes in grammar, spelling and punctuation, editorial work involves checking that the vocabulary, paragraph and sentence length are suitable for the target readership and making sure that the content is presented in a logical order. Editors also adjust the word count of the text to a length specified by the publisher, and remove sections of text that are repetitive or irrelevant.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a freelance editorial service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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