How I approach editing

An indispensable tool for the freelancer: networking

I’m sure that you’ve heard the old saying: it’s not what you know but who you know? What you know does play an integral part in life as a freelancer because unless you know, for example, how to edit people won’t come to you to edit their work. However, by the same token, if you don’t know people who require your freelance services your business will fall flat on its face. So how do you broaden your reach and let potential customers know about your freelance business? Simple: by networking.

The beauty of being a freelancer

As a freelancer, one of our immediate goals is to lessen costs so that we can maximise on the amount of money we earn. This means that not many of us have the luxury of networking and/or exhibiting at expensive conferences. This is the domain of the corporates. So, we need to find a cheaper alternative of getting the word out there.

Me, personally, I look to social media as these are great platforms on which you can network with people who you may not have met otherwise. At a fraction of the cost of conferences. In particular, I look to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

While I was browsing Twitter a couple of days ago, I came across a South African author – Michelle Horst – who was looking for bloggers to help promote her book.  One of my passions is helping authors find their voices – either through helping them to edit their books or sell them. So, here’s a write-up on Michelle, which I got from Amazon .


Michelle Horst is from a small town in South Africa. She’s been in love with reading from an early age and has a passion for books, quotes and animals. Michelle first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked.
Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey filled with joy, passion and heart-stopping moments.

Her latest book, entitled Saved by Her, is a dark and gritty suspenseful romance. For the next three days it’s also on sale at Amazon for $1.99. Follow the links below to find out more: