Don’t be afraid of competition. One of the exciting aspects of Christian publishing is that we actually help one another. Successful authors mentor aspiring writers, teaching them how to improve their craft. Christian editors can help one another too.
We all have different specialties, different personalities, and different methods. No one editor will be the perfect choice for every author. And no one editor could handle all the workload! Get to know other editors, find out their specialties, and offer to swap work whenever you get a job you don’t have time for or isn’t in your area of expertise.
One way to accomplish this is through a group called The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Christian Editor Connection. They have a helpful and informative Web site (www.TheChristianPEN.com), a friendly yet professional online discussion loop, and year-round online courses. The network is open to any born-again believer who is doing freelance editing or proofreading, either part time or full time, or is considering the possibility of getting into the field.
Online membership is free. For a small annual fee, contributing members can have their bios posted on the Web site, receive a quarterly electronic newsletter, get a discount on online courses, teach courses, write articles for the Web site and newsletter, and exchange leads for potential clients.
To find out more, visit www.TheChristianPEN.com.