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May 10, 2024

Publishing CareerBuilder: Careers in Freelance Editing

Join Flatpage’s Chief Editor Cara Jordan on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. PT | 1 p.m. ET for a FREE LIVE webinar about careers in freelance editing.

Freelance editors provide a wide range of editorial services to authors and clients. In this Publishing CareerBuilder, we will discuss key stages in the editorial process, and explore services including developmental editing; book coaching; working with graduate students, international authors, and corporate clients; line editing, copyediting, indexing, and proofreading. Our panelists—authors and editors of The Art of Academic Editing and The Freelance Editor’s Handbook—will share their insights into how you can find clients, price your services, and build and maintain a profitable and enjoyable business as a freelance editor.

• Suzy Bills, Assistant Teaching Professor of Editing and Publishing, Brigham Young University; author of The Freelance Editor’s Handbook
• Leslie A. Castro-Woodhouse, PhD Castro-Woodhouse, PhD, founder, Origami Editorial; co-editor, The Art of Academic Editing: A Guide for Authors and Editors
Cara Jordan, PhD, Cofounder, Flatpage; co-editor, The Art of Academic Editing: A Guide for Authors and Editors
Maria Snyder, PhD Snyder, PhD, editor and translator, chapter author in The Art of Academic Editing

Moderated by Nicole Mintz, CPS Career Services Director, and John W. Warren, Director and Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Publishing.

The Publishing CareerBuilder webinar series at The George Washington University – College of Professional Studies is free and open to all current and aspiring publishing professionals, at all stages of your career.

April 13, 2023

Live Webinar: What is Manuscript editing?

Join Flatpage’s Chief Editor Cara Jordan on Thursday, April 13, at 10 a.m. PT | 1 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. CET for a FREE LIVE webinar about the manuscript editing process.

During this approx. 30-45-minute webinar, Cara will introduce you to the four different levels of manuscript editing: developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Learn what each service entails and what you can expect to receive back from your editor.

This webinar is right for you if you’re an academic, nonfiction author, artist, or you work at a nonprofit or business. It’s meant for those who need a primer about the basic stages of editing or who need help deciding which service(s) fit their project.

Followed by Q&A.

October 12, 2022

College Art Association Conversations Podcast

How can authors improve their chances for publication in academic journals? In this podcast, editors Cara Jordan and Robin Veder approach the topic with empathy for all who are navigating what can be an unnecessarily mysterious and intimidating process.

We share strategies for how to prepare your manuscript for the best possible outcome, including how to select the right venue for your article; what you can do to ensure that journal editors and peer reviewers focus on your ideas; and what to expect in editorial relationships.

Among other resources for pre-submission feedback, we discuss offerings from the Flatpage editorial agency and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Toward Equity in Publishing professional development program, which aims to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication. Upcoming deadlines are September 15, 2022, and March 15, 2023. To apply, click here.

May 20, 2022

Practical Steps for Transitioning to a Career in Academic Editing

Cara Jordan, president and chief editor at Flatpage, discusses how to break into academic editing and build a sustainable career in the editorial industry for Karen Kelsky’s The Professor Is In blog.

Cara discusses how scholars can identify and capitalize on skill sets developed in academia in order to start a business, as well as gives you practical advice on how to begin as a freelancer, build a client roster, healthy financial and legal structures, and market yourself and your business.

May 16, 2022

A Guide to Tricky Citations for Academic Authors & Editors

New on the Northwest Editors Guild Blog: Flatpage’s chief editor Cara Jordan provides guidance on how to handle difficult citations for academic articles, essays, and books using the Chicago Manual of Style.

“While the Chicago Manual of Style’s (CMOS) guidelines for common bibliography and note citations are generally well known by scholarly writers, there are a number of other tricky formats that often confuse academic authors.

In this brief guide, assembled from recommendations by my expert team of citation editors at Flatpage, I’ll introduce you to the hardest types of citations for academics to get right using CMOS and provide you with sample notes so you can get them right next time!”

November 21, 2021

Ask Dr. Editor: "Why Formal Analysis Is Key to Bringing Your Research to Life"

In this regular column for University Affairs / Affaires universitaires magazine written by Letitia Henville, Flatpage’s chief editor Cara Jordan discusses how the practice of formal analysis from art history can improve academic writing across disciplines. 

“The techniques that art historians use — their focus on what shapes and colours the eye perceives, the textures the fingers might feel — is a strategy that transfers well to academic writing across the disciplines.”

February 19, 2022

“From Gig Worker to Entrepreneur: Capitalizing on Your Skills to Build a Business in Art History” at CAA 2022

Hear Flatpage’s cofounder and chief editor Cara Jordan discuss how to transform your freelance gig-based business into a sustainable career.

Panel: Careers for Creatives: Beyond Academic Jobs, chaired by Martha M. Schloetzer

Location: Zoom

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