Tip of the Week: The Business of Editing


Hiting editors


Is the copy editor/copyeditor being phased out of existence? The author here says no, but that doesn't jibe with what's happening in the journalism business. Newspapers used to have huge copy desks, with dozens of people ensuring that what we read in the morning was perfect. But enormous print cutbacks have created a new kind of reality where copy editors are seen as a luxury that is no longer economically viable. That won't change. I don't see other industries rushing to employ these specialists. Passions about endeavors are one thing, but a look at the numbers offers a more telling viewpoint.

Posted on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 7:14pm

Nice review


I'm only about half-way through Adin's book, but I agree with everything you say. His essays are too heavy on how to use macros for greater efficiency, and his regular plugs for his own software suite become tiring after a while. By a rough estimate, he brings it up in almost every second essay.

So, I find myself often wishing the essays would have been edited [sic!] for an audience of book readers and for editors who work on manuscripts for which macros are of limited value. That said, I think his tips on how to run a business (like methods to keep good track of billable time and how to choose good clients and projects) are quite valuable, and the conversational tone of the essays is quite pleasant and engaging.

Posted on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:22pm