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Friday, February 29, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Fri., Feb. 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!
Good luck!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Editing Process; or Who Are These People?

In all my online reading and learning, I'm always on the lookout for good information for my blog readers. I have an article and a blog post to share today.

Anne Wayman has an excellent guest article about just what an editor does. Check out What do editors do anyway? at Anne's articles are an excellent resource for freelance writers, beginning or seasoned (I'm really beginning to loathe the word seasoned. I feel myself baking to toughness in the sun. But I digress...)

Alison Morris is launching a recurring feature on her blog exploring all the occupations in the book industry. The first feature is Occupation Explanation: Managing Editor.

Happy reading!

Education-Related Leads for Thur., Feb. 28, 2008

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Online Class: Writing Children's NF Books for the Educational Market

Laura Purdie Salas is offering another session of her fantastic online class, Writing Children's Nonfiction Books for the Educational Market. Several people have emailed me at the end of the first session with rave reviews and recommendations.

The class size is limited and runs from March 10 to April 4, with daily assignments Monday through Friday. As of this posting, there are 6 slots left. There is a $25 discount for registering by February 28th.

The class is designed to help students create an intro packet and learn about the market. If you've ever wanted to break into writing children's nonfiction for the education market, this might be just the guidance you've been looking for.

Be sure to read the course information before you register.

Happy learning!

Education-Related Leads for Wed., Feb. 27, 2008

Reeeally slow.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Call for Freelance Science Copyeditors

The Science Department at Holt McDougal—Austin, a leader in educational publishing for middle and high school markets, is currently seeking to expand its pool of freelance copyeditors. Assignments will become available in late spring and summer.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, at least three years of copyediting experience, a working knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and the ability to meet deadlines and perform high-quality work on a consistent basis. Course work in science; familiarity with the ACS Style Guide, NIST style, and Science and Technical Writing; and experience in electronic markup applications such as InCopy are preferred.

If you are interested in providing freelance copyediting services for the Science Department, please send a cover letter and resume to

Holt McDougal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Laura's note: I visited with the folks posting this call for copyeditors. This email goes to a bucket email box so that anyone in the department who needs to can look for resumes. A specific name is not necessary. Dear Holt McDougal Science Department or some such will be fine.

Education-Related Leads for Tue., Feb. 19, 2008

It's quiet. I think everyone took President's Day off.

Red Rover Correlations has freelance information posted on their website. If you're interested in correlating, you might want to browse their site.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Opportunities for Educators from McHugh & Associates

McHugh & Associates, Inc. provides an array of services for educational publishers nationwide. We are currently in need of professional correlators to join our team. Correlators work on a contract basis from their home office and are responsible for creating documents which demonstrate the alignment of textbooks and other educational materials with state standards. We currently are in need of correlators for the following subjects: Math, Spanish, French, Science, Language Arts and Social Sciences.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Accurately complete assigned correlation work in a timely manner.
-Submit daily updates regarding work progress.
-Work cooperatively with other correlators on assignments as needed.

Requirements and Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree plus teaching certificate in applicable subject (certificate need not be current)
-2-5+ years of teaching experience at the middle or high school level preferred.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-Accuracy and attention to detail.
-Superb organizational skills.
-High speed internet connection.

The amount of work will vary from time to time. Candidates must have flexible schedules and be able to begin working on projects with little notice. Typical projects require ten to twenty hours of work with a turn around time of three to ten calendar days.

Compensation based upon experience ($15/hour typical starting rate).

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Jessica Mandell at Applicants who meet the requirements may be asked to complete an aptitude test prior to working on any projects.

Laura's note: The email accompanying this announcement said they have a strong need for science correlators.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Email Subscription and RSS Feed Live!

I'm so excited! I finally added RSS feed and email subscription capabilities to my blog.

I was a little worried about the email subscription service not working properly because it took over 12 hours to receive my test email. With all the other trouble I'm having with Yahoo mail right now, I have a feeling it was just on my end.

If you have already subscribed to the email feed and get this post via email sometime Friday morning, could you drop me a note to let me know it's working?


Lack of Education Market Leads

Another slow day in the education market, at least in advertising for freelancers. I have several development houses to post, but I am in the process of gathering specific contact information to go with the post. I will post them as I get them.

In the meantime, I know that folks new to educational publishing have a little trouble with terminology. GT Publishing Services has an FAQ that helps clear up what is meant by terms like substantive edit, copy edit and others.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

The postings are slim. Here are two development houses I came across.

CourseCrafters is an ELL development house. There is no specific contact information for interested freelancers, but they do list the freelancers they currently work with. It might be worth some digging if your specialty is ELL.

Victory Productions is another development house. They do development in English and Spanish. Freelance information is on their Job Opportunities page.

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Wed., Feb 13, 2008

Check out Silver Editions Employment page for freelance contact info.

The FT editor position listed above is for a development house called Chrysalis Publishing Group. Their freelance info can be found here.

Good luck!

Jump Start Press and Silver Editions Partner to Provide Full-Service K-8 Content Development

February 12, 2008-Jump Start Press (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Silver Editions (New York, NY) announce their strategic partnership to provide seamless full-service editorial, design, and production capability for K-8 publishing clients.

The partnership combines Jump Start's editorial prowess with SilverEdition's award-winning design and production capabilities for developing K-8 curriculum products. The partnership is a response to the demands for "one-stop" development services from educational publishers.

"With the partnering of Jump Start and Silver Editions, publishing clients have the best of both worlds," said Mary Pearce, president of Jump Start Press. "As partners, we can service clients who require turnkey full-service content development. But as individual companies, each of us can focus on what it does best-to the benefit of all our clients."

Bev Silver, president of Silver Editions, comments, "The SilverEditions-Jump Start partnership allows publishing clients to mix and match editorial, design, and production requirements. They can choose a full complement of services or just the elements they want.

"Both Silver Editions and Jump Start are dedicated to producing superb customized products to meet their clients' unique content, scheduling,and budgetary needs. The two companies will retain their separate identities and leadership and continue to take on projects apart from each other, as well as in partnership.

About Jump Start Press:

Founded in 1998, Jump Start Press is a leading editorial development house for educational publishing clients. It develops K-8 curriculum materials in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies,with an emphasis in primary grades and intervention. Jump Start is based in New Jersey with offices in Connecticut, Philadelphia, and SanFrancisco.

About Silver Editions:

Based in New York City, Silver Editions is a premier design studio serving the educational publishing community. The foundation of Silver Editions is a hands-on management approach for delivering attentive, customized service for design, production, and project management. Established in 1996, they are committed to bringing a wealth of experience, fresh vision, and creative energy to every project.


Mary Pearce
Jump Start Press
(732) 892-4994
fax (732) 892-2212

Monday, February 11, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Mon., Feb. 11, 2008

It was a very slow weekend. I honestly couldn't find anything. I will have a couple for tomorrow's post, though.

Until then,

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

New Writing for Hire Group

I just want to get the word out that there's a new Yahoo group called writingforhire. It's strictly conversations on write-for-hire jobs, mostly for the education market, but it's open to other markets. It's full of helpful souls and should turn out to be an excellent resource.


Exploring Correlating for the Education Market

What is Correlating?
In educational publishing, correlating is the science (art?) of matching the content to the various state education standards. Good correlating skills are vital to the industry. Some states say that textbooks have to meet 90% of the state grade-level standards to be approved, other states, like Texas, require 100%. And all 50 states have different standards. Yikes!

Before the age of the internet, freelance correlators would receive masses of books and gigantic charts and would have to meticulously write in page numbers next to the standards as they were met. Now, we have electronic spreadsheets and the most wonderful invention in the world… Ctrl-F, the Find function. (My pinky and forefinger of my left hand automatically assume the keyboard position at the word find, which is mildly awkward when the reference is “Mom, can you help me find my other shoe?” – But I digress.)

Since each state has its own set of standards, educational publishers need to make sure they cover as many states as they can with their material. It’s cost effective that way. So, sometimes a correlation job will be one book with more than one set of state standards (Can you imagine the size of that chart on paper?!)

How do I know if I can do it?
Those of you who have been teachers have done this. You might have had to turn in lesson plans with objectives and standards clearly marked for the lesson. I know that some years we’ve had huge charts of the state grade and subject-level standards posted and we were required to mark them as we taught them, each time we taught them. Yes, it’s those numbers.

If you’ve ever written lesson plans, you’ve correlated. It helps a great deal to know your subject area standards for your state. If you know them like the back of your hand, they transfer easily to other state’s standards.

How can I get a job in that area?
Correlating is not for everyone. It’s tedious and the print is small and often in large quantities. If you are truly interested in giving it a go, take a look at your resume. What correlating experiences did you have that you can highlight as a strength?

I’ve listed a few companies that do correlating. Take a look around, maybe send in your resume and cover letter. And as always, let us know how it goes.

Waterloo Education
Inside Edge Publishing
EdGate Correlation Services Go to the About Us page and click on the EdGate Staff tab for contact information (bottom of the page) [Laura's update: EdGate likes their correlators to be near their office in the Gig Harbor, Washington area.]
Academic Benchmarks Employment page

Tell us about your correlating experiences, paid or otherwise.


Education-Related Leads for Tues., Feb. 5. 2008

I'm trying to shorten the titles so the urls don't become so monstrous.

Writer/Editor with STRONG knowledge of U.S. Government and History (Austin - Contract)
Bilingual (Spanish - English) editor and proofreader (says in-house, but then says telecommuting is okay)
Developmental Editor

Good luck!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

Education-Related Freelance Leads for Friday, February 1, 2008

Curriculum Writer

Slow again. Here's an interesting one. Enspire Learning has some standing positions and some current openings on their Work for Enspire page. I can't tell what's telecommute, but it doesn't hurt to ask them. I found myself practicing my voice talent while driving home. :D (That'll make sense if you visit the site.)