Sunday, January 28, 2007

Copyeditor's task

Reading through the copyeditor’s role and copyediting tasks covered at the end of Chapter 4, I realize it is difficult to clearly define a copyeditor’s task. Referring back to the giraffe article in the first chapter, I feel that a copyeditor could have produced either versions (standard online copyedit on page 4 and substantive edit on page 5). On page 54, the book mentions that “your editing manager, supervisor, or client, should examine each project and tell you the level of effort required and time allowed.” Unfamiliar with the field, I was wondering which factors usually determine the extent of a copyeditor’s task. Does it depend solely on the editor’s (or journal’s) requirement, or is there a generalization?


Pat said...

Chi, can you take a look at the second comment I wrote in response to Jenny's question? I think it may serve as a response to your question as well.

By the end of the class, you will be able to read a piece of writing and make a mental list of what needs to be done. That—and the requirements of your workplace, e.g., the number of manuscripts you have to copyedit in a given period—will determine how much work you do and how long you take.

Pat said...

Sorry, I should have added that the amount of time you take may be negotiable with your boss. If you feel that more time is required for a certain manuscript—be prepared to explain why—your boss may allow you the additional time.