Copy Editing

Copy editors are the grammatical gatekeepers of written material…

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Copy editors ensure that what the reader sees is done with a careful eye toward the authors style, is consistent, accurate, and free of errors, omissions, and repetition. They refine written concepts without changing the voice of the writer.

Characteristics of a Copy Editor

 

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CURIOUS

A copy editor is naturally curious about anything and everything. They will extensively delve into the topics of their projects to be as informed and as accurate as possible.

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CREATIVE

A copy editor can generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that are useful in copy to refine written concepts without changing the voice of the writer.

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PASSIONATE

A copy editor eats, breathes, and sleeps copy. They have an authentic passion for the sector within which they work.

WHAT DOES A COPY EDITOR DO?

A copy editor reads copy and will implement corrections when finding errors in grammer, punctuation and spelling. They check for readability and style in accordance with the agreed upon editorial policy.

Copy editors may suggest revisions, such as changing words and/or rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity and accuracy. To make sure they are accurate and as informed about the topic of the copy as can be, a copy editor may do research, confirm sources, and verify facts, dates and statisitcs.

By tweaking and smoothing content, copy editors have a critical role in delivering informative, exciting, relevant content to all audiences.

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DETAIL

Copy editors have a meticulous eye and good concentration to be able to ensure the copy is well written, logically structured and in the right style for the intended audience.

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WRITING SKILLS

A copy editor has the technical knowledge about writing conventions, style guides and formatting for different situations.

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FLEXIBILITY

Because each writer, publication, and editor has different expectations, guidelines, and concerns, a copy editor must be flexible to be able to navigate amongst them professionally and gracefully to achieve the best outcome.

Copy editors are very creative and have a healthy willingness to think outside the box! They refine written concepts without changing the voice of the writer.

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