Breaking into Copyediting

Being a copyeditor is more than finding a lone typo in a novel or loving to read. In this series, you’ll find out what copyeditors really do, how to get training (and keep on training!), and how to find that first job.

Part 1: What copyeditors do and the training required. Read on!

Part 2: After you learn the basics, what’s next?

Part 3: How do you get your first copyediting job?

Part 4: What do you do when you’re mostly qualified for a job?

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Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of “Post It Now or Lose Your Audience”

November 6, 2019 * Toronto
Society for Editors and Proofreaders
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Persuasion Wins!: Creating a Persuasive Website for Your Freelance Business

November 18, 2019, 1 pm (EDT) * 75-Minute Webinar
Editors Association of Canada

You know you need a website for your freelance editing business. But what should be on your site? In this informative webinar, Erin will show you how it’s less about what you and more about how you say it. Learn how to persuade website visitors to become paying clients! Sign up now!

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Turning Your Editing Career into a Teaching Career. There are dozens of programs out there that provide editor training, and they all need teachers! Discover what you need to know to become an editing teacher—and where to find teaching positions. CA$42/CA$60. Offered by Editors Canada.

Editing for the Web Without Lowering Your Standards. Website editors help keep visitors reading by shaping and formatting copy to hold readers’ attention. Learn how to edit websites to keep readers interested while upholding grammar and usage rules. CA$42/CA$60. Offered by Editors Canada.

How to Edit Marketing Copy. Marketers are charged with building trust and helping close the sale, but editors often cringe at promotional language. In this webinar, learn specific tips for editing marketing copy to be error free and trustworthy. $59. Offered by the EFA.

Over the Copyeditor’s Shoulder: 5 Approaches to Copyediting. Copyediting is copyediting no matter who does it, right? Not so fast. Hear how 5 editors approach copyediting, from accepting the job to sending the invoice, 5 different ways. You’re guaranteed to pick up some tips for your own business! $79. Offered by the EFA.

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  1. Erin Brenner says:

    Hi, Mark! No, I’ve never heard of adverbs that tell why. Adverb categories seemed to be fairly consistent across grammar theories. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English‘s semantic categories for adverbs are pretty representative: place, time, manner, degree (consisting of amplifiers/intensifiers, diminishers/downtoners), additive/restrictive, stance (consisting of epistemic (e.g., certainty or doubt), attitude, and style), and linking (consisting of enumeration and addition, summation, apposition, result/inference, contrast/concession, transition).

    It’s possible they or the websites they’re referencing are parsing words that answer why as adverbs, while most grammarians would parse them differently. But without an example, I can’t imagine what that might be. If the students’ resources aren’t coming up with examples, then I’d say it’s not a provable theory and most likely incorrect.

    I hope that helps!

  2. Erin Brenner says:

    A noun is just the word itself, while a noun phrase is the noun plus modifiers. So box is a noun, while the large box is a noun phrase.

  3. Erin Brenner says:

    Hi, Judy. I’d recommend fact-checking at the Michelin Guide website:

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