Become a More Effective Copy Editor
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Become a More Effective Copy Editor

Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Improve Your Copyediting
4.5 (67 ratings)
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371 students enrolled
Created by Jeremy Rehwaldt
Last updated 4/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use technology to edit more efficiently and effectively
  • Use Microsoft Word add-ins to improve the functionality of Word
  • Track time, increase productivity, and maintain focus
  • Manage files safely and transmit them to clients confidentially
  • Access online editing resources...
Requirements
  • You should already be familiar with the process of copyediting using a computer. The tips, tools, and strategies apply to both Mac and Windows. Some sections of the course presume access to Microsoft Word.
Description

This course, “Become a More Effective Copy Editor,” provides tips and tricks for improving the quality and efficiency of editing text. It is designed for people who edit written material, either on a freelance or full-time basis. I have worked as a copy editor for more than twenty years and have completed nearly 200 book-length projects. In the process, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, tried a lot of tools, and developed a workflow that is effective, and I’d like to pass along to you some of what I’ve learned. Note, however, that the course does NOT teach you how to become a copy editor or provide information about the mechanics of editing. Instead, this course focuses on how to use available tools to do your job more effectively. While I usually work on a Mac, I’ve done my best throughout to describe comparable software on both Mac and Windows platforms. In some cases, the tools are only available on one platform, as is the case, for instance, with some of the Word add-ons, which are only available for PC. The course is divided into five units. The first looks at tips and tricks for improving your workflow in Microsoft Word. The second emphasizes strategies for improving the quality and efficiency of your editing, highlighting some software packages and other tools. The third focuses on time tracking, creating focus, and increasing productivity. The fourth identifies various tools for working with files. And the final unit looks at a variety of online resources that are available and some tricks for accessing them more quickly. Thanks for joining me; I look forward to working with you in the coming days!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed for both new and experienced copyeditors. I hope that all who participate will find ideas for making their work as a copyeditor easier and more effective. Note that the course will not teach you to be a copyeditor.
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 01:47:06
+ Course Overview
2 lectures 02:18

This course, “Become a More Effective Copyeditor,” provides tips and tricks for improving the quality and efficiency of editing text. It is designed for people who edit written material, either on a freelance or full-time basis. This video provides an overview of the course. 

Preview 02:16
Using the Udemy Interface
00:02
+ Use Microsoft Word More Effectively
5 lectures 23:50

In this unit I’ll discuss a number of the shortcuts for Microsoft Word that I’ve found most useful and show you how to add them to your computer. This video provides an overview of the unit.

Introduction to Using Microsoft Word More Effectively
01:17

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts in Word for Mac. While the video shows Word for Mac 2011, the menus and process are identical for Word for Mac 2016 and 2019. In particular, I suggest adding shortcuts for moving through changes—moving to the next or previous change, accepting changes, and rejecting changes. In addition, I show you how to add a keyboard shortcut for adding comments, if that is part of your editing workflow.

Preview 04:54

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts in Word 2013 for Windows. In particular, I suggest adding shortcuts for moving through changes—moving to the next or previous change, accepting changes, and rejecting changes. In addition, I show you how to add a keyboard shortcut for adding comments, if that is part of your editing workflow.

Create Shortcuts to Review Changes and Comments (Word 2013 for Windows)
05:33

This video guides you through the process of adding keyboard  shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version. While the video shows Word for Mac 2011, the menus and process are identical for Word for Mac 2016 and 2019.

Create Shortcuts to Change Views (Word for Mac)
05:17

This video, for Word for Windows 2013, guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version.

Create Shortcuts to Change Views (Word 2013 for Windows)
06:49
+ Improve the Consistency and Quality of Your Editing
7 lectures 31:26

This video, for Word for Windows 2013, guides you through the process of adding keyboard shortcuts to change from draft to page layout views and to toggle between a marked-up version of the text and a proposed "final" version.

Introduction to Improving Consistency and Quality
01:01

In this video I demonstrate how to use File Cleaner and Puller, two Microsoft Word add-ins from the Editorium, and describe some of the features of Editor's Toolkit. All of these resources provide tools to make our lives as editors easier. 

Use Word Add-ins from The Editorium
07:02

This video describes how to use PerfectIt! by Intelligent Editing, which is a Microsoft Word add-in available for Windows. PerfectIt! employs a series of tests to ensure consistency in editing, including consistent use of hyphenation, consistent spelling and capitalization of terms, and so on. 

Use PerfectIt! Word Add-in
03:54

After watching this lecture, you'll know what Grammarly and WordRake, two automatic text analysis applications, do and whether they'll be useful for your own editing workflow.

Comparing WordRake and Grammarly
09:09

This brief video introduces a couple of additional resources to help editors use Microsoft Word more effectively and efficiently. 

Learn about Other Word Add-ins
01:39

Perhaps the most valuable tool for improving the consistency of your editing is a well-constructed style sheet. The goal of the style sheet is to document all of the particular editing decisions that you have made in the project. In this video I describe my own style sheets and provide a few pointers for creating your own.

Improve Your Style Sheets
05:13

Checklists provide an easy way to offload some of the knowledge and skill acquired over time and are an effective way to assure that all of the steps in the editing process have been completed successfully. In this video I describe how checklists can improve editing consistency.

Use Checklists to Improve Consistency
03:28
+ Track Time, Improve Focus, and Increase Productivity
4 lectures 23:56

This unit shows you how to use technology to track your time editing, improve your focus, and increase your overall productivity. 

Introduction to Time Tracking, Focus, and Productivity
00:44

An important aspect of freelance work is tracking time spent editing. Such tracking is important for billing and it is also important for improving your editing efficiency. This video explores various options for tracking time as you edit. 

Track Your Time More Accurately
07:39

One of the most difficult parts of editing is staying focused. This video identifies two strategies that have been very helpful for me. The first is a pattern of focused works and breaks; the second is a music subscription service designed to improve focus. 

Maintain Focus for Longer Periods
07:14

Snippet expansion tools allow you to type shortcuts that then automatically expand into larger pieces of text. This video describes several options and demonstrates how to implement the built-in system in macOS. In addition, I demonstrate how to use window management apps to set up your computer desktop.

Increase Efficiency with Typing Expanders and Window Managers
08:19
+ Work with Files
4 lectures 15:20

This unit demonstrates a number of tools for working with files, transferring files to clients, backing up your work, and keeping track of the number of words in files and folders.

Introduction to Working with Files
00:44

If you work as a copyeditor, you work with files. And you probably need ways to move files from one place to another, from one computer to another, for instance, and from you to the client. There are a number of ways of doing this, and in this video I’ll discuss a couple of tools that I’ve found quite useful.

Transfer Files Confidentially to Clients
04:50

It’s very important to backup your files. Probably you’ve heard this over and over again, but it’s true. If you back up your files regularly, then you’ll never need to worry about losing your work. There are several different approaches to backup, and this video shows you how to implement them

Back Up Your Files
05:06

Whether you charge by the word, the page, or the hour, it is still useful to know the size of a project before you begin. In this video you'll learn how to use the Word Counter app and Scrivener to count words in a group of files. 

Count Words in Files and Folders
04:40
+ Access Additional Online Resources
3 lectures 09:15

In this unit you'll learn about several online resources and how to use them to address editing dilemmas, to check facts, and to fix spelling errors.

Introduction to Online Resources
00:39

Online style guides and dictionaries can streamline the process for figuring out how to address particular editing quandaries. This video highlights some of the most useful such resources. 

Access Online Style Guides and Dictionaries
02:38

In this video, you'll learn how to use Alfred, a "launcher" app for Mac, to streamline searches on Google, WorldCat, Amazon, and more. I'll also describe how to use online search sites to quickly obtain information for use in editing.

Preview 05:58
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:00

This video provides a brief summary of the course material. 

Course Conclusion
01:00