So I want to be a social studies textbook editor...
May 12, 2011 10:59 AM Subscribe
A few years ago I landed on this idea of what I think may really be the perfect fun-and-interesting job for me: a textbook editor. But even more so with social studies content. How do I do it?
posted by AnOrigamiLife to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
How can I make it happen? What can I do for myself NOW to target that specific kind of work in a couple of years?
My situation: I have degrees in geography and journalism, and most of my work experience draws heavily on writing and copyediting skills, though frequently ventures elsewhere (e.g., nonprofit operations, marketing, incinerating deceased house pets, tutoring, graphic design). I have been a B2B editor, a grant writer, a copyeditor of test banks, a freelance magazine writer, a copywriter. Always, the most interesting part for me is the copyediting process. My knowledge of AP is intact but rusty and my CMOS requires attention. I am for a while quite rural and remote, but that won't be forever.
If I want to poise myself for this dream job, what can I do in the meantime? What educational publishers should I investigate? What style do most use? Would a specific certification be of value to them? Something I can get with an accredited online course? (if so, where would I take such a course?). How do I get my foot in the door on small related projects? In general, how do I make the connections I need? Is there a website for the textbook-editor crowd? And finally, if I wish to remain mobile, is it realistic for me to think I can do this work remotely? Your answers, resources, suggestions are all welcome and appreciated!