ACES Evolve 2023

Freelance Editing: The Top Ten Things I Wish I’d Known | Elizabeth d’Anjou

A veteran freelancer shares the biggest lessons about freelance editing she has learned over the years—many of them the hard way. Benefit from Elizabeth’s mistakes as she shares the insights, epiphanies, and attitude adjustments that helped her grow from a struggling wannabe to a successful and contented expert with a stable of loyal clients. Lighthearted in tone but packed with genuinely useful information, the session will end by opening the floor to attendees to share lessons learned from their own freelance editing experiences.

*Introductory, Students, Freelance editors, Book editors, In-house editors considering going freelance, Business of Editing

*This session is specifically designed so all levels may benefit.


In over 25 years as a freelancer, third-generation editor Elizabeth d'Anjou has worked with a diverse clientele that includes publishers, nonprofits, academics, entrepreneurs, and her local tourism board. Somewhere in there she spent two years working in-house, an experience that left her determined never to have a real job again. She teaches in Toronto Metropolitan University’s Publishing Program and created two of its online courses. Elizabeth is in demand as a workshop presenter for writing and editing groups and corporate, government and nonprofit clients. She lives in a tiny town on Lake Ontario and loves to talk about Canadian English.

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