Do they work on their own or in a team?
Having an editorial team at your disposal provides the following advantages:
• Specific expertise/skills for specialised subjects – saving you time trying to find the most suitable person for the job.
• What happens if they get hit by a bus? Is there someone who can take over? What if the project is put on hold halfway through? When it’s time to resume, will your writer or editor be available or will you have to start from scratch and find someone else?
• A team can handle all the elements of your project – from writing, editing and indexing to graphic design and print production. This saves you time because you only need one point of contact instead of three or four.
• Insurance: Litigation is becoming more and more common these days. Does your editor have professional indemnity insurance?
Thinking of hiring a writer or editor?
If the work is on-going, should you hire full-time or contract editorial staff? There are numerous advantages to hiring contract writers or editors:
• You only pay for the work they do
• The hourly rate is lower than it is for one-off projects
• You don’t pay annual leave, sick leave or parental leave
• You don’t pay employee tax and superannuation (we do that for you)
• They can work on-site or from home (useful if space is limited)
• If your department has a cap on staff levels – contract editorial staff come under expenses, not Human Resources.
Need an indexer? Call Mike Holland on 0414 394 440 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org