Are you a copyeditor looking to upskill? Do you work with documents requiring specialist knowledge or consultants?
Intended for people already skilled in the essentials, Editing for
Specialists and Professionals introduces higher level language concepts,
such as grammatical approaches, text types, and audience assessment. It
also discusses the editor-client relationship and editorial ethics.
The final lessons in this course introduce students to the specifics
of educational and academic editing, concerns for the online editor, and
best practices for those working with commercial documents.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
The Role of an Editor
A Brief Summary of Grammar
Referencing, Style Guides and Indexing
Editorial Ethics and Relevant Legislation
Editor - Client Relationships
Defining Editorial Queries, Presenting Corporate Briefs, Goal Setting
Developmental and Substantive Editing, and Managing Projects
Blog and Online Editorial Management
Specialist Commercial Editing
Specialist Academic Editing
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Senior and specialist editors usually combine specific subject knowledge with project management duties. This requires the editor to be comfortable with language in all its forms, from the "basics" learned in school through to the evolution of language as a living thing.
At this level, most editors work with writers throughout the writing process. This is distinct from working after-the-fact, when an author or client brings their existing draft in for copyediting and proofreading.
Most editorial relationships begin with a conversation. Both parties need to feel each other out – they'll be working closely, and there must be a sense of trust. This conversation serves the editor as much as the writer: if the editor can't clearly understand the client's goals, her work will be subpar.
It's important to remember that most clients don't understand this process. They think editing is a one-size-fits-all type of work, like a higher form of spell check.