Hello! As the title suggests, I want to become a freelance editor. I use the word “editor” rather loosely. I still haven’t quite created a brand for myself or discovered my niche or selling point. I found a couple people who are confident in my editing skills, perhaps more confident than I am, and are willing to pay for them. The last thing I want is to take advantage of young, naive authors. I’ve made it clear as to what my credentials are. They simply saw my free work samples and decided it’s what they want.
I’m looking for any advice you could give. What are common newbie mistakes that I should avoid? What are things you wished you knew before making it to where you are? How did you find your niche and determine your sales pitch?
Anything you can provide about the industry as a whole would be wonderful! It’s hard finding objective information when everything comes in the form of opinions via internet forums.
So far, the only thing I’ve got going for me is “making it better than it was previously.” I can’t tell if I’m talking down my skills or just being realistic.
Bonus: If you know any subreddits aside from r/writing then that would be extremely helpful! Specifically for editing/industry related topics.