Category Archives: Freelancing

Writing Dentistry in Tehran

by Enid RosenstielEnid R

Editor’s note: As sanctions are lifted and Iran forms more ties with Western countries, medical and scientific editors will have opportunities to work with Iranian scholars who are trying to publish in international journals. Elsevier published guidance it had received from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on sanctions laws and publishing.

My husband is an author of a popular dental textbook now in its fifth edition and translated into ten languages, most recently Farsi. Now that he and I are both retired, we have put our efforts into a peer-reviewed journal, he as editor-in-chief and I as a freelance copy editor. I taught English to international students at The Ohio State University for many years.

When he was invited to speak in Tehran, we hesitated, but Continue reading

Indian Copyeditors Forum: Connecting Editors, Creating Opportunities

By Vivek Kumar Vivek

Nothing can beat the thrill of attending an editors’ conference, and if your first conference also happens to be an international one, it is the icing on the cake. In June 2015, I attended Editing Goes Global in Toronto, the first international conference held by the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Once I was back home from Toronto, I was trying to figure out a way Continue reading

Capitalizing on Conferences

head shot of authorBy Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

[The 2016 STC Summit, May 15–18, is only days away. If you can’t be in Anaheim, you can still participate live with the virtual track option of ten selected sessions on May 16 and 17, but preregistration is required before May 11. In this article, Ruth looks at how freelancers can market themselves at conferences—even if they can’t attend.]

Now that colleagues have learned from Geoff Hart and others how to survive a large conference, and how to network, I’d like to look at how to capitalize on attending such events, whether in person or otherwise. (Yes, you can have a conference presence without actually being there!)

Conferences are expensive, time-consuming, and potentially exhausting, so why attend? Because not only are they opportunities to learn or enhance skills, they are potential goldmines of new clients and referrals from colleagues.  Continue reading

Nota Bene: Are You Ready for the STC Summit and Other Conferences?

Whether you’re headed to the STC Summit, a regional STC meeting, or another conference, you’ll have a better experience if you prepare ahead, take care of yourself while at the conference, and follow up later. Here are a few picks from the Web to tell you how.

Geoff Hart has advice for surviving large conferences such as the STC Summit.

Katherine Pickett offers some advice on networking at conferences, including what to do when the conference is not directly applicable to your work.

Feel lost in the crowd? Here’s how to make an impression.

Are your hands too full? Here’s more advice on networking during a conference.

Barbara Fowler has tips on what NOT to do.


How to Start Freelancing and Find Work

By Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, head shot of author

[Editor’s Note: Ruth Thaler-Carter will be one of three panelists in a special webinar on “First-Year Questions,” cohosted by STC and a partner organization, the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), to be held on Thursday, January 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. The webinar is free and open only to STC and AIIP members. Register here.

Ruth will also present an STC webinar, “Basics of Editing and Proofreading,” on Wednesday, February 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.]

Starting out in freelancing and finding work go hand in hand. Here are some of the ways that I find freelance writing, editing, proofreading, and other projects. Continue reading