IPEd conference, part 2

I’ve been home from beautiful Brisbane for more than a week now, and in that time not once has anyone made me lunch. Nor have I have I had a single lunch dessert. Ah, all good things come to an end!

Of course there’s more to professional development than cute little pots of chocolate mousse…

My second focus at the IPEd conference was learning more about the business of editing. I’ve been freelancing for about three years now, and it seems I learn something new with every job I do.

I came away from the conference with a long list of practices to adopt, apps to download and resources to tap into. I’m slowly working my way through the list!

Here are some digital resources that have rocked my world:

  • Rounded – book-keeping software for freelancers
  • Trello – a list-making app that I use for keeping track of my editing schedule
  • PerfectIt – a proofreading plugin for word, which picks up style and spelling inconsistencies in long documents
  • Dropbox – secure, cloud-based file storage I use to back up my files

And here are some I’m looking forward to checking out:

  • AnyCount – a tool that can be used for a range of file formats to give an accurate, customisable word count
  • StyleWriter – gives statistical stores of a document’s readability, which some editors use to help predict how long it will take to edit a document
  • Toggl – for time tracking.

If StyleWriter and AnyCount work out, I’ll include the information in my quotes.

If you’d like to see how your document rates, email me! jane@accessediting.com.au