Sunday, June 21, 2015

Travel Writing - A Copy Editor's Experience


I've decided to search for extra editing jobs on eLance. While editing was already a full-time pursuit, I've now completed my contract as an adjunct professor and will only be focused on editing. That enables me to open up my client list further, and eLance seems like a good place to do that.


I used eLance for about a year, nearly seven years ago, under my maiden name (I was unmarried then) - Kunkel - and jobs from that enabled my financial survival as my agent shopped my non-fiction book proposal around. My agent was unsuccessful, partially because the bottom dropped out of the publishing industry, and partially because she was, I now know, representing a piece outside of her norm.

When using eLance for the first time, my most successful gig was with vacationrentalscommunity.com, which was, at the time, just starting out, and it's where I learned a secret about travel writing - you don't have to travel anywhere to write about a place. Provided you're an effective researcher and capable of acclimating to a place's vernacular in your writing, travel writing can be a largely stationary venture.

That means that editing is even more important when it comes to travel writing, though - and it must go beyond simple proofreading. Whether you've been to a particular place or not, your writing absolutely must possess a smooth, experiential tone, reflective of the locale. I'm a good ticket in this regard - not only have I traveled fairly extensively, I've also written quite a bit about places I've never had the opportunity to visit.

If you'd like to learn more about what I'm doing with eLance, you can check out my eLance profile, or, if you'd just like to learn more about eLance itself, check out eLance's page.




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