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Have you ever tried freelance editing/copyediting/proofreading/etc.? 

38%
9 deviants said Yes (How was it?)
33%
8 deviants said :dummy:
29%
7 deviants said No (Why not?)

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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Writer
I tutor folks (whose parents [usually] are the' expense account') in English (literature), Reading and Creative Writing.
The students most often need a lesson in 'time management' first.
I've edited several newspapers in the past, all for pay.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Writer
:giggle: I know about students and time management, believe me. :D
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Writer
I bet you do! Yeah, with most it's their initial problem :D
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I edit and revise people's work at the Writing Commons. Usually it's student work, but sometimes it's grad students with Master's Theses or Doctoral Dissertations, and once I've even worked with a professor.

Even though I want to someday be part of a big publishing company, I'm not against trying my hand as a freelance editor for self-pub writers or bloggers. I technically have freelanced once before; I proofread and edited a children's book a friend wrote, and got $25 and a starbucks latte out of it.

The key for editing seems to be, if you're unsure about something (APA style, or comma rules) have resources available to help you. Chances are you're using the internet, so there's a lot you can look up.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Writer
That's very cool that you're trusted with larger work. :D

I've been thinking about having freelancing as a backup in case I can't get a full-time job right out of school, which is why I posted this poll. I was just interested in seeing the way other people have gone about it and what their experience has been like. :nod:
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, well, I'm afraid I'm in the same boat as you ^^; . I don't know how I'll be able to finagle this into a job outside of school. Craigslist and writers forums geared towards self-publishers, I guess.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Writer
That's an idea! I also thought I might advertise on college campuses nearby to start.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
That should work!
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nycterent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
A headache. Takeaway lesson from experience: CLARIFY EXPECTATIONS

Your editing is no guarantee the book will be good and sell well once you're done.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Writer
Oh, that sounds frustrating. I think that's the kind of thing that would drive me crazy. :hmm:
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