August is one of Libro’s traditionally busy months, along with September, mainly owing to the looming deadlines for student undergraduate and Master’s dissertations. But this past month, I have been busy with much more than dissertations, although those have been active too.
Deep breath! Ready … in August I have …
Copyedited 28 dissertations / theses or parts thereof (sometimes people send me them chapter by chapter, with gaps of time in between while they write the next bit).
Copyedited some documents translated into English to make sure the (British or American) English was fluent-sounding and appropriate (another long-term client who’s been concentrating on a project translated out of English over the summer – it’s good to have him back!)
Proofread a few tender applications and company policies for a regular client.
Typed up 2 inverview transcriptions for my ongoing journalist client and one set of interviews for a student’s dissertation.
Polished a freelance training expert’s web text and copyedited several blog posts for her too. Worked on web text for a retail shelving company.
Written 2 advertorials for my retail shelving company client to be published in September in a trade magazine. Also written 5 features on local businesses in the Black Country for a local website.
Written up Terms and Conditions for a web designer based on previous Ts & Cs for his other services (to be checked by a lawyer, of course!)
Recorded myself reading a list of English names for a website where you input a name and hear someone from their country saying the name (!).
Localised webtext for a large software company and a dealer brochure for a cult automotive company, both working from American to British English.
In non-paid work news, I’ve also …
Helped my mentee with his webtext, social media presence and hopefully found him a mentor in his particular line of business and written some explanatory text for a student starting up a new business, that can be used for webtext or a press release.
Helped at a Social Media Cafe and attended Birmingham Entrepreneurs’ Meetup and Social Media Cafe networking events; also attempted co-working at a cafe with no wifi (more on that later when I’ve written up the review!).
Had two guest posts published on other people’s blogs – this is something I love doing (so do ask if you’d like me to write something for your blog!) and hosting (so do ask if you’d like to contribute to this blog!) and published 4 freelancer/businessperson Saturday interview features.
Phew! I’ve also received the 20th questionnaire response for my Iris Murdoch research project, although I’ve given myself study leave for August-September so I can concentrate on Libro busy times rather than trying to write up research at the same time!
Coming up … more of the same really – I’ve already written some marketing materials, worked on some dissertations, started another transcription and localised a newsletter!