For anyone who has a manuscript handy and would love to publish someday,it is important for a copyeditor to go through your work for spelling and format styles.All journals follow certain standards with regard to the presentation of the content and copyeditors ensure that manuscripts conform to these styles.
For example,they will check the preferences against the reference style and correct them if necessary. Any discrepancies between the list and the citation in the text will be pointed out to the author later in the proofs.
It is also important for you to consider native languages. If English is not your native language,you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker or use a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems which require your review.
Now consider these important steps as you look forward to becoming a copy-editor.
- Research: If you are already employed in publishing,joirnalism,or marketing,or have a job in another profession where written communication a key part of the business,check in with the managing editor,content manager,or who ever by any other name,coordinatesvproduction of copy and ask them about copyediting opportunities.
- Learn: Copyeditors are the gatekeepers of good grammar. Good copyeditors are not only skilled at what they do but also intimately familiar with anyone of several style manuals- the particular one depends on the type of publishing and often the specific company. (Many book,magazine,newspaper publishers have their own guides that both supplement and supersede any others.
Most copyeditors who work in book and magazines publishing must get to know The Chicago Manual of Style
Many university-continuing education programs have one or more courses in copyediting where you will get focused training with a professional.
- Develop: Adept copyeditors practitioners are highly sought after,but it is a competitive profession. It will generally take at least few years to become more than competent. Look for job openings at small newspapers, apply for online copyediting gigs and jobs and take any internship or entry-level jobs (such as editorial assistant) in a print or web-based publishing enterprise you can get.