It’s easy to let work and education overwhelm you, especially in this time of isolation we find ourselves in. There are so many things to do in the press, in classes, and in our own lives that we can lose the time we need to, well, take time. It can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, or minutes in the hours we get, to just take time for ourselves—but there are when you add boundaries.
While most of the difficulties of freelance copyediting can’t be avoided, some of the stress they cause can be offset by making freelance work a joyful pursuit. Allow me to share what my part-time freelance copyediting experience over the past four years has taught me.
Ooligan Press considers every position a learning opportunity, and rarely contracts freelancers. Indexing might have necessitated that rare outsider if weren’t for Kento Ikeda, resident indexer, ebook designer, and rising star of our digital department. As he finished the index for our hiking book 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, I conducted a short survey with Kento to get his take on the duties that fell to him, and how he regards his work in the scope of Ooligan Press.
Some of us are wired for less glamorous positions, but that shouldn’t be a reason to give up on the goal of being a force for good in the world of publishing. Many who specialize in digital publishing are used to focusing on solving technical problems and minutiae. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t bigger issues at play.
As students of publishing, everyone who works at Ooligan is very busy. There are papers to write, portfolios to put together, sales kits to assemble, ebooks to craft, as well as the day-to-day operations of a trade publisher. On top of all that, many of us also have day jobs, which means our days are […]