We’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the United States, taking time to appreciate all that we have.
I polled members of the Editors Association of Earth, a Facebook group open to all editors, to see what they appreciate about the editing industry.
Broadly speaking, editors are thankful for other editors, bosses, and clients who value quality, the resources we use to get the work done, and the feeling we get from a job well done.
It sounds like we’re a thankful bunch! Here are some of the specific items respondents were thankful for:
- Colleagues who generously share what they know, without judgment, both in formal groups and one on one
- Colleagues (including non-editors) who value quality work
- The benefits of an in-house job
- Clients who value copyediting
- Referrals, which keep freelancers working
- Clients who pay on time
- The opportunity to learn from the copy to be edited
- The opportunity to make copy clear and consistent
- The good feeling that comes from improving copy
- Style guides
- Opportunities to continue to develop professionally
- Clean copy
- Controlled egos
Here at Copyediting, we’re thankful for all of you, our readers. We believe that editors have to keep learning to do their job well, and you care enough about the work to seek out that learning. That means we’re working together to improve the quality of published works. Thank you!
What are you thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!