We’re biggering!

I don’t think change is just the nature of a new business as much as the nature of all businesses, perhaps, all things. Things are changing here at PLY. We’re evolving and figuring and growing and learning and we’re biggering. We’ve moved up in a few areas. The biggest change is that we’re no longer using multiple excel sheets to clumsily keep track of all of our subscriptions. We’ve moved to a subscription management program, which, I hope, makes my and your life easier. Y’all can manage your account now – add issues, resubscribe, auto-subscribe, check how many issues left, change your address, etc. It’s the kind of organizational triumph that makes me a little weak-kneed.

And because, apparently, PLY evolving is really just us transferring work from us to you, we also moved to an online ad system to manage our website ads that allows you to manage your own ads! But it’s cool. Kinda like on Ravelry, you buy a spot, you upload it, link it, change it if you want, check your stats, etc. I’m really excited about it and am crossing my fingers it works like magic.

But what this blog post is really about is that PLY is hiring. Kind of. I need 1-2 freelance copy editors to be at my beck and call. Okay, not really my beck and call, but I do need you. I need you so much.

The Job

What I’d like is to find a couple of spinners that are copy-editing firecrackers. By the time the articles get to you they’ll have gone through the heavy editing and will be shaped organizationally so it’s not really heavy editing, more light-medium. It’ll involve double-checking accuracy, grammatical issues, article and issue consistency, fact checking, and pointing out any areas that might be unclear or confusing for readers/spinners. Of course, you’ll have access to the always evolving live PLY style sheet and a fairly over-the-top explanation of what each kind of article should look/read like. Because I’m nothing if not overly thorough.

If things go well, there’s also the possibility of doing a final proofread of the entire issue in PDF form before it goes to press. We’ll see, we might have to do some trust exercises before I make that leap.

The Schedule

You’ve probably guessed that it’s not a full time job but it’s steady in its hit-and-miss-ed-ness. Four times a year for about 3-4 weeks, we need you. Those times are pretty darned predictable though, essentially the months of February, May, August, and November. In each of those months we’ll have roughly 25 articles that need your red pen. Some of these articles are 800 words and others are 2500 words, some are instructional and some are informational, some are stories and some are other kinds of stories, but it works out to about 25,000 words edited in that given month which also works out to roughly 25 hours. I’m not married to the idea of it being 1 person or 2 people. I don’t want to overwhelm one person but I also don’t want to have too little work for more. That’s a detail we can talk about but if it’s a deal-breaker for you either way, be sure to mention that to me.

The Compensation

PLY likes to pay fairly. It’s something that’s very important to me. I wish we could pay everyone far more than we already do but we’re not even 2 years old so we do what we can do. The compensation for this job, right now and for the first issue edited is $25/hour. We’ve found that the copy-editing averages about an hour an article. If it all works out and the time is roughly what we think, the next issue we’ll raise it to $30/hour.   From there, if it continues to work out and we’re both happy, we’ll try and raise it to $40 by the end of 2015. I’m not saying we’ll stay at $40 forever, but I feel that’s pretty fair pay for the work and from there, we’ll raise it when we can.

Extras: for as long as you copy-edit for PLY you’ll have a subscription. For every issue you work on, you’ll be listed in the masthead.

The Process

If you’re interested in working with us, steady yourself, there’s a bit of a process. PLY is my baby. It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever done and I feel strongly that it’s important, that the knowledge the spinning community pours into it is going to stand longer than anything else I facilitate. It’s important to me and as such, I’m going to give you a few hoops. Forgive me. It’s all for the good of the magazine and my crazy, busy, never-stop brain.

The first step is to let me know you’re interested. Email me. Jacey at plymagazine dot com. I’ll send you a bundle of stuff. In that bundle you’ll find:

  1. A short set of questions about you and your experience.
  2. A copy of the PLY style sheet so you know what grammatical conventions we follow.
  3. Three versions of a past PLY article. The first version is as it came to me, the original. The second version is after I edited it (essentially how it would come to you). The third version is the final version, the version that went to print (essentially what we’d like you to do to the articles).
  4. One article that I’ve edited but needs to be copy edited by you. Please turn on track changes and save it by adding your name to the end in place of mine.

If I get lots of people that are amazing and perfect and I can’t decide, I’ll send out one more short piece to be edited.

I’d like to get this started now. In fact, if it works out, I’d like to have somebody do a bit of editing the last week of November or first week of December (I know that’s not really the time-frame I set above, but I’d like to see how it goes, I could use the help, and maybe a bit of holiday cash is not a bad thing, right?). So let’s start! Yes, let’s do!

17 replies
  1. Robyn Tanchum
    Robyn Tanchum says:

    Oops! Well, that was embarrassing!! I sent it off to you without copy editing!

    Let me do this again … I’m interested and would love to help you out!



  2. Suzanne Griffith
    Suzanne Griffith says:

    Hi Jacey,

    I’m interested in this position. I have not been a professional copy editor, but I taught English Composition at the college level for 6+ years, fairly recently. I graded about 30 essays a week. It would be a nice change to read something I’m interested in.


  3. Shirley Wigman
    Shirley Wigman says:

    I am interested in becoming a free-lance copy editor for Ply Magazine. Please send me the bundle, and we will see if we can work together. Very excited to hear you are expanding your business and finding new ways to address the growing pains with all the bells and whistles of the tech age.

    Shirley Wigman

  4. Juliann
    Juliann says:

    I’m a very novice spinner (I mostly felt and dye) but an experienced copyeditor. I don’t know if I would be of any help to you. I’m also happy to pinch-hit if there is overflow in an unexpected rush or you just have a few too many things floating around that need attention. I just believe in giving back to the community, I don’t really need any sort of $ minimum so even if you only need something once a year I’m happy to help. 🙂

  5. Janice Mosley
    Janice Mosley says:

    I am very interested in this job. I was a scientist, math teacher and yarn shop owner in previous “lifetimes”. I am quite detail oriented and believe I could be helpful to the magazine.
    Jan Mosley

  6. karen hofmann
    karen hofmann says:

    I would love to work with you ! I have no experience copy editing, but I love to read, love your magazine and am a quick study. I am also a fiber but and student of spinning and all things fiber art related.
    I would be interested in any involvement you have to offer at the present time or in the future .

    Sincerely ,
    Karen Hofmann
    dragonfly alpaca criations

  7. karen hofmann
    karen hofmann says:

    I would love to work with you ! I have no experience copy editing, but I love to read, love your magazine and am a quick study. I am also a fiber nut, student of spinning and all things fiber art related.
    I would be interested in any involvement you have to offer at the present time or in the future .

    Sincerely ,
    Karen Hofmann
    dragonfly alpaca criations

  8. Gabi Eyerman
    Gabi Eyerman says:

    Hi, I am interested. I will e-mail you a quick description of my qualifications.

    What an amazing project! I love that the fiber community is growing!


  9. Cheryl Savage
    Cheryl Savage says:

    IPlease consider me for the position. I am a long time knitter, spinner and designer. I have done sample knitting and editing of patterns so my attention to detail is superb.
    Thanks so much!
    Cheryl Savage

  10. Gage Evans
    Gage Evans says:

    I am apparently late on the scene, but I am definitely interested in doing some copy-editing. I am a librarian and have worked as a technical and proposal writer. My husband and I tease about being “grammar vigilantes”, and we proofread out text messages! Thanks for this opportunity for your Ply community.


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