Stay-at-Home Jobs With Publishing Companies
Publishing is an industry that lends itself well to stay-at-home work.
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As publishing companies adapt to the digital age, more and more editorial jobs can be done at home. This is good news for stay-at-home parents, the disabled and even professionals looking for a little more freedom in their schedule. With automated networks and shared documents, many jobs can be done right from your couch. The trick is finding one that you’re qualified for. You also have to develop discipline so you can meet your deadlines, which can be harder if your day is not structured in an office setting.
Content editors go through manuscripts coming in to the publishing company, looking for continuity errors, plot holes and areas in the writing that don’t make sense. They also check for cliches, smoothness of writing and point of view. To do this work at home, you’ll need a word processing program that tracks changes so you can delete and add words to the manuscript in a way that allows the author to easily see your changes. You can also leave line notes in the document to ask questions or give suggestions. The goal is not to rewrite the author’s work, but to point out places where he should make changes. Content editors need to have previous experience in publishing and editing to be considered for this position.
Like content editors, proofreaders usually need a word processing program that tracks changes. Once the primary editor has finished with the piece, the proofreader is expected to find any last-minute spelling and grammar issues and formatting problems. He often has to fact check the piece as well. Proofreaders are usually paid less than content editors, but the work is less extensive and not as skilled.
Graphic artists can work from home if they have access to Adobe Photoshop or another image editing program. They design book covers and other images, choosing elements based on author and publisher suggestions. You ‘ll need a portfolio of professional quality work to be considered for this position.
With the advent of social networking sites, virtual book tours and online reviews, promotion no longer needs to be done in-house. Publishing companies often hire people to work offsite promoting a small team of their authors. In this role, you’ll contact book reviewers, bloggers, fans and booksellers, offering giveaways, promo bags, author interviews and guest posts. You might also set up in-person appearances for your authors at book signings and conventions. Previous experience in marketing, public relations or promotions is a plus when applying for these positions.
About the Author
Darlena Cunha has been a writer and editor since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Connecticut. Cunha is also completing her master s degree in mass communication.