Copyediting.com changed hands this week as Erin Brenner and Laura Poole of Pilcrow Group acquired the site and the accompanying Copyediting newsletter from Manifest Digital for an undisclosed price.
Poole leads Archer Editorial Services, which specializes in copyediting scholarly nonfiction books and providing editorial training and consulting. Brenner runs Right Touch Editing, which provides editing to businesses and self-publishing authors, and edits the bimonthly Copyediting newsletter.
Pilcrow Group, aptly for this deal, takes its name from pilcrow, the name for a copyeditor’s paragraph symbol. (¶)
Brenner and Poole both write on Copyediting.com and have been presenters at American Copy Editors Society national conferences. This past March at the society’s conference in Pittsburgh, Brenner led the Freelancers Forum panel discussion and served on the panel “The Trend Toward Accreditation.” Poole led the seminar “An Introduction to Book Editing.”
Poole said the deal, which closed Sept. 22, had been in the works for more than a year. She said the turning point was McMurry-TMG’s July merger with Manifest, also for an undisclosed price.
“We saw an opportunity to make an offer and approached the new owners,” Poole wrote in an email. “We own everything: newsletter, brand, website, training tools and all the back content. We are delighted to have Copyediting back in the hands of editors.”
Poole said the Copyediting newsletter and audio conferences will continue as before. Copyeditors will see some instant benefits. Audio conference prices will drop to $79 from $179 in November. And back content will become available in digital form, such as electronic books and MP3 audio recordings.
Brenner said, “In the future, we plan to offer new books by industry experts, workbooks, multisession webinars, self-paced training, and more. We have plans to add more free content to the site and revamp the membership levels. And we hope to revive the live training events and workshops.”
Poole added, “Our overall mission is to provide development and support for editors across the career spectrum—from new editors to experienced and advanced editors. We want to have something for everyone.”
“I’ve been reading Copyediting newsletter since way back when it was called Copy Editor and was founded by Mary Beth Protomastro. How cool is it to have a newsletter about the esoterica of editing, which is not a hugely populated profession?” O’Moore-Klopf, co-columnist, of the Copyediting newsletter’s “The Business of Copyediting” column wrote in an email. “Over the years, the newsletter has changed and expanded, offering audioconferences—some of which I have taught —and eventually a blog with posts that cover not only the details of editing but also the technological needs of editors and how to navigate the venues in which they work, as employees and as freelancers.
“I am so excited to know that its new owners plan to make it into an even greater resource. Books, webinars, live education events—whoa! Our profession, at least in the United States, has long needed a centralized training resource. I plan to stick around and see how Copyediting continues to grow, and I’ll do my best to contribute to that growth.”
Mark Allen, an ACES board member and Copyediting contributor, said it’s good to have the website and newsletter in copyeditors’ hands.
“I’m excited for the potential,” he said. “Laura and Erin understand the needs of copy editors.”
Brenner invited copyeditors to share their ideas and suggestions for the future of Copyediting.
“We want to hear from you on what you would like to see us offer! Send suggestions and ideas to us at [email protected]”