Friday, May 04, 2012
Weekend reading
Conferences and awards events
 are coming up at the end of May and in early June (including the EAC conference, MagNet, the NMAs, the KRWs, the CSME awards and the PWAC AGM and awards). I like Michelle Rafter’s advice about getting the most out of writers’ conferences (and other events).

We’re in the age of e-everything, but I still find business cards useful, especially at events. Instead of using a template, I asked a graphic designer friend for help, and as a result I often get compliments on my card — it’s printed on good-quality stock, my services are listed on the back, and the copy is oriented vertically, which is instantly eye-catching. Cards are just a small investment and are worth designing well. Here’s a helpful post from Freelance Switch on what NOT to do.

When I worked on staff, I freelanced on the side. These gigs brought in extra money, which was great, but there was another benefit: having a network of contacts and clients made the transition to full-time freelancing easier (and it was a life-saver when I unexpectedly found myself unemployed at one point). Should you moonlight as a freelancer? Check out Freelance Folder’s article on the rewards and challenges.

The Editors’ Association of Canada has announced the date for its next two certification tests: Nov. 17, 2012, for Proofreading and Structural Editing. Details at the EAC website.

Freelancer Karen Briggs (whom I met at a recent PWAC seminar) shares her thoughts on hackneyed writing advice, including “constructive lifestyle suggestions.”

And in case you missed it: Shawn Achor’s hilarious TED Talk on “The happy secret to better work.” It’s a great video to wind up the week.

- Jaclyn Law
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Jaclyn Law

Jaclyn Law is a writer and an editor with more than 17 years’ experience. Formerly copy chief at Chatelaine and managing editor at Abilities, she has freelanced full-time since 2006. Her clients include magazines, websites, non-profits and corporations. Jaclyn is president of the Toronto Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada.
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