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As competition for editorial employee positions continues to increase, freelancing offers a wealth of opportunities for editors. The number of available editorial projects and compensation varies widely by industry and types of clients. In this panel discussion, four professional freelance editors who are also members of Chicago Women in Publishing will discuss their training, experiences, service offerings, means of client acquisition, and how they run their businesses. Join us to learn why freelancing is such an attractive option for editors, whether it’s in addition to or in place of full-time employment.
Jen McDonald is a freelance editor and writer. She was formerly an editor at The New York Times Book Review, on the national desk of The Times, at The Washington Post, and at CNET News.com, in San Francisco. In 2012-13 she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and since 2014 she has been an adjunct faculty member in the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School; in May, she'll be teaching a course called “On Revising Well.”
Jennifer Murtoff is a freelance writer, developmental and copy editor, and translator. She has worked on college textbooks, assessments, curriculum design, and scholarly publications, including scientific papers and books. Jennifer also assists self-publishing authors with all aspects of the publishing process. Her editing interests include linguistics, archaeology, religious studies, music, and medical/science topics.
Karin Horler, principal of KPH Editorial, has provided editorial services as an independent professional since 2003, specializing in medical, association, and scholarly publishing. Earlier in her career, she worked in the acquisitions and production departments at Cambridge University Press in New York City. She has completed the Advanced Medical Editing class at the University of Chicago Graham School and belongs to the American Medical Writers Association. Karin lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Katherine Don is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She works as a developmental editor on fiction and nonfiction book projects and consults with individuals and nonprofits on content strategy. She is a politics and entertainment writer for Bustle.com and Romper.com and has authored or coauthored eight nonfiction books. Her essays and journalism have appeared at Salon, The Atlantic online, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets.
Kim Bookless is a publishing consultant, project manager, and freelance editor. She helps authors bring their books to life by guiding them through the self-publishing process, serving as their advisor and project manager while providing copyediting, proofreading, and project management services. Kim is Vice President of Chicago Women in Publishing and founder of the Chicago Self-Publishing Group.