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One more chore off my lists!

So, I’ve finally finished updating my new website, and this is it!  After two life-changing decisions—moving to Raleigh in January to return to work at the state Museum of History and deciding to re-establish my editorial services business—several lists of chores followed.  Getting a website back online was near the top, of course, but it just kept sliding from the top.

Today, however, I am proud to announce that I’ve finished fine-tuning most of the pages and that I feel confident enough to announce they’re ready for review.  So, take a tour and let me know if you find any mistakes, major or minor.  I still have a couple of pages to post, including a payments page and the “‘instant’ help” page, so you can skip those—I’ll announce when they are ready—but, as they say, have at the rest!

One of the delays in getting a presence back online was the debate over continuing to use an HTML-based website or following the industry and moving to a content management system (CMS).  I finally opted to switch and to use WordPress (which I’ve used for years as my blogging platform) for this version of my website.  In addition, I decided to promote my blog address, “anEditor’s Blog”, to serve as my home on the web instead of reviving the old “the-freelance-editor” URL I’d been using since the late ’90s.  In line with those decisions, I will, however, be keeping my formal business name as the-freelance-editor.  Enough change is enough!

Key to the new site are my specialty pages  (you can access them with “Why use a freelance editor?” on the main menu bar, above, and then sliding down to “My specialties” and hovering for the page line-up  or  by using the more-standard menu list at the bottom of the page) (or you can be lazy and simply click the following links)  for the so-called divisions of the-freelance-editor:  the-blog-editorthe-history-editorthe-young-adult-editor,  and  the-freelance-ghostwriter.  I’ll be adding more detailed sub-pages under them eventually, but these get the point across for now.

I guess the race has begun!  Thank you, all, for your patience and continuing support.  And, let me hear about those errors—you know I’d let you know about yours!

Stephen, the-freelance-editor.com
e-mail: editorial –at– Im Your Editor –dot– com
text: 832-233-0041

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A new service for clients of the-freelance-editor

As of this morning, the-freelance-editor was approved for live consultations through the Live Person “world of experts.” As of this afternoon, links have been added from each of the contact pages on the network sites that have been updated:

A link from the contact page of our primary site, the-freelance-editor.com, is also available. And, one will be added to the sidebar of this blog eventually. Here are samples of the links:

A separate button is also used in some cases:

This new service will add another way for clients, old and new, to reach the-freelance-editor at almost any time. If I’m online at my desk, I’ll be on call—and, since I work an average of fourteen hours a day, you should be able to catch me! I’ll be available to answer questions and address concerns about

  • grammar and wording,
  • organization and structural issues,
  • writer’s block,
  • fact-checking and research,
  • blogging,
  • Web site arrangement and Web page development,
  • business and professional publications,
  • ghostwriting projects,
  • personal histories, family histories, and memoirs, and
  • museum-related issues.

I would invite you to try out the service, but a small charge is involved. Still, if you have the need, you now know where to find me.

See you there,

Stephen Evans,
the-freelance-editor.com

Four of six specialty sites complete!

This past week saw the relaunch of our museum services Web site, theMuseumsEditor.com (which was formerly anEditorForMuseums.com).

Providing editorial services for museums, historical societies, and archives is among the most specialized of our freelance editing gigs. In serving these audiences, we work with archival collections, large and small; community libraries; historical societies and historical associations with local, state, and regional scopes; and museums of history, art, and science.

Our relevant offerings include research and fact-checking, ghostwriting, editing (of course), and proofing for a multitude of products:

  • labels, discussion guides, study guides, and docent manuals for exhibits;
  • copy for brochures and promotional materials;
  • lesson plans, audiovisual scripts, and classroom study materials; and
  • any other publications that support or complement exhibits and events.

The completion of this fourth site leaves only two more specialties: theBusinessEditor.com and theFreelanceGhostwriter.com—they are on the horizon . . . then, we’ll have to start all over again with the updating part!

Hoping to serve all your editing needs,

Stephen Evans,
the-freelance-editor.com

Another specialty site is completed . . .

finally! Yes, several months later than planned, the-freelance-editor Network has unveiled a new Web site for the personal history side of our business: thePersonalHistoryEditor.com. This Web site will introduce clients to some of the legacy writing opportunities we can offer:

  • personal histories, which are also known as
    legacy statements, life stories, and memoirs,
  • family histories, or family chronicles,
  • company profiles, which can be histories of an entire
    business or biographies of business personnel, and
  • online scrapbooks.

We gladly help clients all the way through the process of writing, editing, fact-checking, and preparing for publication—whether they are making ten photocopies for immediate family members or a bound book for general distribution.

Visit the Web site for additional information.

Stephen Evans,
the-freelance-editor.com

the-freelance-editor kicks off new network of specialty sites

Though I’m still swamped with some pretty good projects, I’ve slowly taken some time this spring to begin the process of refreshing and reviving a few of my specialty Web sites. These are sites that I use to advertise particular services that I offer. They were still drawing traffic, but over the past few years, the sites had grown stale and—to be blunt—boring! Most of them were just plain HTML sites (and, I do mean plain HTML) that I used to learn Web site coding and meta-tagging several years back, back when sites were primarily information based and didn’t have to be so pretty to attract potential customers and hold their attention long enough for them to read a couple of lines of text!

As you know, those days are long gone!

My first primary Web site went live in 1987. As archaic as it was, it did have some design elements to it, and it even enabled me to venture into full-time freelancing. Over the years, I tweaked here and there and added pages as I added services and clients. Believe it or not, I used that site until 2005. For the second generation site, I decided to hire a Web designer—after all, I figured, I was only schooled in instructional design; how could I possibly learn Web design? Well, like many of you, I fell into quite the learning experience with that adventure. Needless to say, that iteration of the site lasted only a year before I gave up and found another designer. And, while that experience was much more pleasant, it was also educational: I was reminded that if you want something done "right," you’d better do it yo’self!

So, I practically did. I worked with that designer to create a template for the site and to move the text into the template. Then, I learned HTML and tweaked to near-perfection. (That is the third generation of http://www.the-freelance-editor.com, which is live today.) As I experimented and learned about HTML and XML and codes and tags and CSS and SEO and keyword enrichment and the secret advantages of publishing online, I also began work on my network sites—primarily for fun. Little did I know that those sites would turn into active doorway pages.

Regardless, I am proud to announce that two of those sites are completed, and I hope you take time to check them out. You’ll find them at http://www.theWebPageEditor.com and http://www.theBlogEditor.