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•   Editors and Proofreaders


The Reading of Proofs
Every literary writer should understand the rudiments, at least, of proof-reading, so as to be able to correct his proof. The following pages present all of the proofreading marks in common use. Although these marks vary slightly, all of those given will be readily understood by every compositor, printer, editor, and publisher.

The Ear as Critic
Do you ever give your ear a chance to criticise your work? The eye is good, but it misses some things upon which the ear sets a prompt mark of disapproval. If you do not believe it, read your next article or story aloud.

A Disillusionment in the Publishing Arts
An essay arguing that the rise of desktop publishing has contributed significantly to a rapid decline in respect for the overall publishing arts and a blurring of functions within the editorial role, probably more rapid in the past few decades than ever before

Book Editor Profiles
Authorlink.com offers a number of interviews with US book editors.

Career Comments: Charlie Drozdyk
Some helpful hints on beginning a career as a book editor.

Consulting Editors Alliance
Website from twelve top-flight book editors and writers describing their qualifications and offering services. Includes informative articles on what editors do, how to find and choose an editor or ghost writer, and other topics.

Interview with a Children's Book Editor
An interview with John Allen, a book editor for CRICKET.

Professional Editorial Standards
These Standards from the Editors' Association of Canada list the skills and knowledge needed for editing in English-language media in Canada.

Proofreading Test
Can you find all the errors in the test document? Find out if you have what it takes to become a proofreader.

Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement
A sample contract in three downloadable formats from The Editors' Association of Canada

The Book Editor Contract
'If you are an author or a publisher contemplating using an independent contractor book editor to work on your or your author's manuscript, there are a number of legal issues that you need to address in a written contract with that editor.'

The Editor's Role
Editing is the bridge a text must cross before it can graduate into a professional document, and entails a far more extensive process than many people realize.

The Slot
A newspaper editor's thorough and opinionated look at grammar and style questions.