I want to learn copyediting basics. I have writing skills and great attention to detail, but no formal copyediting training. What resources are out there? I'm looking for short-term things like courses, manuals, and workbooks, not full degree or certificate programs. [more inside]
I'm returning to freelance copyediting after 10 years on the writing side of nonprofit operations. Educational, business and technical content interest me the most, and that’s where I want to start (I also enjoy research, but how to fit that in?). Can the hive mind help steer me in the right direction? Another challenge: I must do it remotely. Where do I start? [more inside]
My fears and indecision have blocked my 'career' progression for years. For a variety of personal reasons, I moved back home (at 44), and now I'm searching for a job. But I don't have much money left, so I need to find something soon, even if it's not perfect. I've boiled it down to three possibilities: copy editing, grant writing or library/information science. But I’m not sure any of them are right for me. I searched MeFi for answers, but they were either outdated (2011) or not geared towards my Myers-Briggs personality type. [more inside]
I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp. [more inside]
My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
Is there anyone else like us out there? Help me find other copy editors in the business world for networking and discussion of best practices. [more inside]
What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
My question is in regards to making sure I get paid for my work. I'll be billing private individuals as opposed to companies and thus am concerned there will be less incentive for them to pay for services rendered. [more inside]
I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order? [more inside]
I need a copy editor. What questions should I ask, how much should I expect to pay, and how can I make certain to prepare the ms so that I get the most from the copy editor? [more inside]
How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
Have you advertised copyediting services at colleges or universities? How did you do it? Do you have any tips? [more inside]
TL;DR in advance: English MA grad, wondering what to do with his life. A lot [more inside]
How do a build a copywriting portfolio? [more inside]
Can you make money online doing copy editing? If so, how? What is the best website for it, how much money do you make, and is it enough to count as a full time job?
I'm a professional copy editor who has been blessed with an intern with good instincts and grammatical understanding, but needs to learn the techniques of the craft. Right now I'm just reviewing her work and discussing her mistakes/omissions as they arise, but I'd like to do more formalized instruction. Can anyone recommend a lesson plan? [more inside]
How do I become a better writing tutor/coach for my coworkers? [more inside]
How do I find freelance copyediting work? [more inside]
Scientists and other academics: Please advise on strategies for successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents. [more inside]
Does anyone still use Words into Type? [more inside]
What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? [more inside]
hey copywriters/editors: about how long might it take you to edit a 20-page product brochure averaging 10 items/page? thanks!
What are the best books I can buy to learn how to become a proficient newspaper copy editor?
Question about style sheets for editors, copy editors, tech editors, proofreaders, and factcheckers... [more inside]
WannabeEditorFilter: I hated my first year of grad school, with its accompanying anxiety attacks, no free time, surly students, and pages of really boring reading. I'm halfway through my Master's and I am dreading going back. [more inside]
Very straightforward: would a testy copyeditor say "take out our grammar frustrations" or "take out our grammatical frustrations" and why?
JobFilter: What temp agencies are best for copy editing work in New York? [more inside]
Freelance copy editing: what's the going rate, and how much should I charge? [more inside]
My girlfriend's applied to editorial positions, and is uncertain what to expect on editing tests. She's taken some professional editing classes (using the CMS, which the positions will also use), so the concern isn't at the level of how to edit. Any tips or insight into what such tests generally consist of would be appreciated.
Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
Why do the most professional news web sites so often - and increasingly often - include bad or wrong links? I'm talking NYT, WP, Daily Telegraph and Google News et al. (For a recent example, click on the Researching the New Joy of Sex highlight in today's Observer and you get this.)