Become a More Effective Copy Editor
- 2 hours on-demand video
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- 6 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- 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...
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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