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By Amy Haagsma
As a new editor, I have set out to learn as much as I can about editing, both the business and the craft. Among the many fantastic resources I’ve discovered are Louise Harnby’s blog, The Proofreader’s Parlour, and her books, Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers and Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business.
Harnby is a U.K.-based proofreader and an advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She has more than 20 years’ experience in publishing and started her own business in 2005.
Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers is written with the complete beginner in mind and assumes no prior editorial experience. It aims to cover everything a new editorial freelancer would need to know, from education and training to finding clients and growing your business.
The introduction and first chapter set the groundwork for what is to come, explaining what a business plan is and why it is important to have one. Harnby emphasizes that editorial freelancers are business owners first and freelancers second, and that you need to have a business mindset and think of yourself as a professional business owner.