Lisa McQuerrey reports:
"Freelance editors contract their services to newspapers, magazines, publishing houses and advertising agencies. Their work can include anything from proofreading and copy editing to offering suggestions for editorial changes for content and clarity. Before hiring a freelance editor, some clients will ask to see samples of past work that demonstrates the editor’s ability and approach...To make the best impression, present potential clients with samples similar to the projects you'll be working on if hired. For example, if you are trying to secure work at an ad agency, show them ad copy, web content, press kit materials and radio and TV scripts. If it's a non-profit organization, provide samples of grant funding applications, annual reports and charitable giving proposals...Use [a] sample with a 'track edit' feature that shows the client what the work looked like before it was edited. Include an overview explaining the changes. For example, point out that the edits [were] made to reflect a specific style and to ensure continuity; or explain that the original content did not address the appropriate audience, and that your edits were made to tighten the piece. This approach will demonstrate the thought process behind your editing methods...Many clients use a unique style. Increase your chances of getting hired by asking for a short unedited document similar to something you would work on if you land the job. This will demonstrate your proficiency and establish you as a [team player]. It will also give you a preview of materials you might be working on and help you provide accurate time and price estimates...[Create] an online portfolio of work samples that can be shared with potential clients. Include only your best work[s] and categorize them on a professional-looking website that gives visitors an idea of your abilities and areas of expertise. This approach also enables you to promote your freelance editing services to a wider audience."
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