ACES Virtual Boot Camp: Tools for When You're Just Getting Started as a Freelance Editor

Dates: Oct. 15 - 16, 2020

Price: $200 members/$250 nonmembers

*Registration is closed for this event. 

Day 1: Thursday, October 15

9 am – Noon EDT

Ever thought about going out on your own as a freelance editor but not sure where to start? Join ACES as we cover business basics in this deep dive virtual session. You’ll walk away with the tools of where to get started, how to manage your business, and even dive into the nitty gritty details like what to bill and how to bill. We will also focus on how to market yourself and how to get experience.

Day 2: Friday, October 16

9 am – Noon EDT

On day two, we will dive into understanding the difference between substantive, copyediting, and proofing and how to set expectations with clients and rates for each. Learn how to edit brand voice for different clients and different documents.


Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial, an agency that provides writing and editing to customers worldwide. She is the former editorial manager for CSC and a former contributing editor to the Editorial Eye. She is also an award-winning writer who has been recognized for her websites, brochures, features and white papers. Sam is the vice president of ACES and the managing editor of Tracking Changes, ACES' quarterly journal.

Teresa Schmedding is the content manager at Wipfli LLP, overseeing content strategy and brand voice. Prior to that, she was the managing editor for Rotary International, where her team won a Webby and was listed as one of the top five nonprofit websites in the world. She previously worked in journalism for 20 years. She has a master’s in strategic comms and a bachelor’s in journalism from Mizzou.

Merrill Perlman is a freelance editor, consultant, trainer, and coach for writers and editors. Her clients have included Amazon Kindle Singles, Propublica, Rosetta Books, the Poynter Institute and dozens of schools, corporations, news organizations, nonprofits and individuals. She spent 25 years at The New York Times as an editor or manager of editors, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She's also worked in Southern Illinois and Des Moines, Iowa, though she now lives in New York City. 

Course Details

ACES Virtual Boot Camp: Tools for When You're Just Getting Started as a Freelance Editor06:00:00
Day 1: Freelance Basics 03:00:00
Day 2: Editing and Client Expectations 03:00:00
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