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my god, how the money rolls in

In early 2016, I heard from one of my clients that the journal I had been copy editing for them for a number of years had changed its policies, and would now be copy edited in India. This particular journal had been my biggest client, so I faced a gap in my work schedule. So I started looking for potential clients, and found the American Association of University Presses Website, which had links to dozens of university presses. I composed a query letter, and started going through the list, sending it off to every press that published journals (I prefer a mix of journal and book assignments, and I wasn't short of book assignments). I didn't get a lot of responses, but two presses got back to me, and one of them sent me an assignment in November. Apparently they liked my work, because I'm now finishing up a second journal assignment, and have two more queued up.

In the meantime, my other established journal client has been sending more work than previously, as has my book client. And to add variety, a personal contact brought me a novel to edit (not the first, but my main book client publishes scholarly nonfiction).

So, right at the moment, I'm finishing up a book on political science and a classical studies journal; I have another book on political science and a novel in process; and I have journals of religious studies, geography, and chemistry in the queue. 2017 is starting out as a busy year!

Addendum: Now I've heard from the other university press that was interested, and it looks like they have an initial assignment planned for me. I don't think they'll be giving me as much work, but having more regular sources of work will lessen the fluctuations in income a little more, which is all to the good.

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selenite
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:37 am (UTC)
So, on the assumption that I'll reach the point where I can afford professional help, what do you charge for a novel? Or how should I contact you if you don't want to discuss that here?
whswhs
Jan. 10th, 2017 04:54 am (UTC)
Send me a private message via lj and we'll discuss it initially. If you think what I have sounds useful I'll give you my professional e-mail.
shirebound
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)
Wonderful! :)
attitude_boy
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:15 am (UTC)
having more regular sources of work will lessen the fluctuations in income a little more
Indeed. Congratulations!
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