So you’ve been using F7 and Find and Replace. Now, it’s time you discover other tools that could make you a more productive copy editor.
We’re still busting some of the most common misconceptions about copy editors. Last time, we clarified that a superior vocabulary is not as important as knowing how to deal with words, phrases and idioms that are unfamiliar. Before that, we also mentioned that a journalism or English degree is not a strict requirement for copy… Read More in Myth: Copy editors only correct spelling and grammar errors.
Sources summarize copy editing as making copy correct, complete, concise, clear and consistent — the five Cs, as the pros call them. It is often confused with either proofreading or developmental editing. You’d probably think that to be a successful copy editor, you’d have to love writing, or you’d need to be a grammar geek…. Read More in Myth: Copy editors are walking dictionaries.
Most people would think they have a clear idea of what copy editing is or what copy editors do. After all, copy editing seems straightforward: editing copy. I thought that way too. But my first week on the job made me realize a lot of my assumptions were wrong. Sources summarize copy editing as making copy… Read More in Myth: Copy editors work in newspapers or magazines only.
When I decided to leave my post as head writer in a TV show to pursue a career as a copy editor in a publishing solutions firm, friends and family members were confused as to how to react. Unfortunately, copy editing is not a popular career where I come from. Most people would think they… Read More in Myth: Copy editors need to have a degree in journalism, English or literature.
December 1 to December 7, 2012 Last week had our inboxes and feeds oozing with stories on language, social media, journalism and books. First, a controversial theory that traces the English language’s roots to Scandinavia sparked debate among linguists. Next, J.K Rowling’s new (non-Harry Potter) book won this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. Publishers Weekly, meanwhile,… Read More in On Scandinavian Roots, the Goodreads Choice Awards, the Publishing Person of the Year, the Business Side of News and Social Media Wars