In this series, I’ve been digging into how to get started in copyediting. In part 1, I outlined the knowledge and skills you need to get started. In part 2, I discussed how you’ll need to continue your education to move into the journeyman stage. But how do you get that first editing job? Do
In part 1 I outlined the basic knowledge and skills you need to become a copyeditor. The list is long, but even the longest training programs (university certificate programs with several courses) can be finished within a year. And once you’ve done the training, you’re ready to go, right? Well … Editing is a craft.
There’s a popular idea that if you’re good at spotting typos, you can be a copyeditor. Spotting typos shows an eye for—and an interest in—details, and that’s a great start. But there’s so much more to catch. A colleague recently shared some typical editing math. Given 15,540 words in a book chapter (62 manuscript pages)
Fact-checking is often an added task to a copyeditor’s already long list of duties. 6 tips to doing it better.
Last week, one of my corporate clients asked me to do a rush proofread on a PDF file. Time was short, but the team publishing the document had reviewed and approved all the text. There had been no copyediting stage, however.
For the last three years, I’ve been running two businesses: this one and Pilcrow Group, which owned Copyediting, publisher of content and training for copyeditors. Before that, I was the editor-in-chief of Copyediting with its previous owners for five years. Running two business has been fun, if challenging. I’ve been able to dig deeply into
Representing Copyediting, Right Tough Editing won the New England Direct Marketing Association’s (NEDMA’s) 2018 Gold Award in the Collateral category (brochures, catalogs, annual reports) for work on the Organization Subscription Package. Brenner worked with Copyediting training director Laura Poole to put together a promotional package for prospective organization members. The packet consists of an informational