Writing and Editing on the Side

I am grateful for the assignments that I’ve received this year, from editorial project management to copy editing to light developmental editing (as part of an editorial project management assignment). When I’m not busy with those projects, I write for, edit, and produce a quarterly newsletter for Grace Presbyterian Church of Montclair, New Jersey. I would invite you to spend some time with the fall issue. My piece appears at the end of the “Arts and Letters” section.

Thank you for stopping by!


Church Newsletter Work

This spring Grace Presbyterian Church of Montclair, New Jersey, where I am a member and an elder, launched a newsletter, Grace upon Grace. We deliver the content via our website, and send out a MailChimp message with links to major content areas when the issue is ready to go. We also prepare a print-only version for members of our church community who do not have email or internet access.

With two issues behind us, we are pleased with the results and with the response from the community. All of the content is home grown; we are blessed that many congregants are skilled writers and artists. I collect the content, provide some light editing, research public-domain images to enhance the text, and create the web pages in our WordPress environment. For the fall issue I did a little video editing as well. Finally, I’ve written a piece for each issue, so I thought it would be worthwhile to share it with the ABJ Editorial Services community.

Our church lives on the progressive side of Protestant Christianity. You will see that especially in the fall issue, which is what you will see if you click on the link above. My goal in sharing it with you is not to proselytize but to show off some results of my work outside of my freelance business. I hope you enjoy leafing through it.

Thank you for stopping by, and best wishes for peace and well-being.

Promises to Keep

Spend enough time on interstate highways and you are likely to see a semitrailer bearing the slogan “Helping the World Keep Promises.” The slogan is the registered trademark of Old Dominion Freight Lines. The people who came up with the slogan deserves whatever reward they received for that piece of work. It’s a clever reminder that Old Dominion is successful when the customer is successful.

As 2019 begins we are may find ourselves making resolutions—essentially promises to ourselves. We will also hear a lot about promises in the long months between now and the next U.S. elections. The fortunes of politicians rise and fall with the voting public’s perceptions of how well they have kept their promises or how well they will be able to keep them in the future.

Freelancers are promise makers and promise keepers. Our fortunes rise and fall with our clients’ perceptions of how well we are able to deliver the quality of work that is promised on the schedule that is promised. As someone who has also hired and supervised many freelancers, I know how hard freelancers work to keep their promises. I’ve needed to extend clemency on a few occasions when a freelancer has run into difficulties. On even fewer occasions I’ve needed to pick up the pieces resulting from a complete failure.

May all the freelancers whom I have the pleasure to know be successful in gaining opportunities to make promises in 2019. May you be wise and courageous in the challenges you accept. May you be successful in keeping promises, both to your clients and to yourselves. Finally, may your clients show their appreciation of your work with both praise and just compensation.

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2019.

Photo by Natubico [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons