Editorial Training and Industry Consensus? A View from the UK

May 21, 2012

Training isn’t the whole story when it comes to a successful editorial career – of course, UK publishers take into account other factors such as copy-editing and proofreading experience, in-house work, publishers’ competence tests, and great testimonials. No surprise there. But if you want to train as a proofreader or copy-editor and you don’t have those strings to your bow, you need to prepare yourself for market. The obvious first step is to train.

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How Do You Know When You Know Enough?

March 8, 2012

On Monday, March 05, 2012, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf published a blog entry that discusses how editors can improve their skills on her EditorMom Blog. You can find that blog post in its entirety at http://editor-mom.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-do-you-know-when-you-know-enough.html

I have posted the beginning paragraph to that blog post with her consent here. I highly recommend that you read the entire post. It’s well worth your time.

How Do You Know When You Know Enough?

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The Business of Editing: Editing Tests

February 14, 2012

If you’re a freelance editor, you’ve had to take your share of editing tests. Whether you hate them or love them, they’re part of being a freelance editor. Rich Adin’s blog post, “The Business of Editing: Editing Tests,” discusses editing tests and provides helpful hints for every editor as he/she prepares to take an editing test. I think you will enjoy this post and learn a lot from it. I know I did. Enjoy!

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Test Taking Tips For Editors

February 27, 2011

My test-taking anxiety began in elementary school. I could study until the cows came home, know the material cold, and still flunk the test the next day. But as a freelance editor, I’m regularly asked to take editing tests.

I’ve searched online and offline for strategies freelancers can use on these tests, and I‘ve even suggested test-taking classes to editing instructors. Media Bistro offers a class for taking editing tests, and Karen Judd discusses test-taking … Read more.

Finding Your Niche, Part Three

February 7, 2011

In the first part of my Finding Your Niche series, Laura Poole, founder of Archer Editorial Services (www.archereditorial.com) and co-founder of Editorial Bootcamp (www.editorialbootcamp.com), answered my questions. Laura has more than 15 years’ experience in the publishing industry, specializing in scholarly nonfiction for such clients as Oxford University Press and Duke University Press. On Twitter, she is @lepoole. In the second part of this series, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, ELS, answered my questions. Katharine is a medical … Read more.