Adding another editor to my team is new to me. Right now, I have four authors that work full time for me.
Although the assignments that I send to these writers can vary greatly in regard to guidelines, I have at least 56 articles per week that follow consistent guidelines, and I can give you all of these articles to edit, every week, guaranteed.
Right now, I’m going to start you off at $3.50 per article and assign 19 articles. These are due Monday at midnight, and I need to know immediately if you cannot get to them.
Here is my editing system:
1) Glance over formatting:
• All words, including articles, in titles and subtitles must begin with capital letters
• Font must be 11 pt. Calibri
2) First read through and edit
• Paragraphs must be no longer than three sentences in length. Although there are a few exceptions, it’s very rare--like one article in 30 or 40 will have a paragraph of four sentences.
• If the wording sounds unclear, rewrite the sentence or paragraph
• If diction is repeated, make the appropriate changes.
• AP style edits
• All calls to action must be in this format, unless there’s no phone number on the client’s website: Call Us At ###-###-### Today!
• If it’s a hard news article, I often need to adjust the intro so it’s subject-verb-object, i.e. I take a journalistic approach with an objective lead and then lead into the author’s intro.
• Don't be very strict about hyphens. Use only for clarity.
3) Repeat step 2 with another read-through
Over the first two weeks or so, our goal is for you to master the editing process, streamline it and find out how many articles you can edit in a given period of time. I can edit four to five per hour. I assume that to start, you’ll be able to get to three to five per hour.
Remember—you don’t need to make notes; you just need to make the corrections. You shouldn’t need to read through each article more than twice.
Keep in mind—voice is important here, too. Almost all of the articles that you edit will be going on the blogs of the client.
For the first few weeks, I really need you to apply any corrections that I make. There might be a few tedious guidelines, but eventually, it’ll come naturally.
Please comment with your email so I can send you more instructions.
By the way, I found out that with adverbial clauses, no comma goes before the conjunction, even if it separates two independent clauses ("because" is a good example). There’s a good wiki page about it. I’ll try to find it for you.
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