Our work ethics for editors comprise of three stages. 1. The first will focus on content - plot, characterization and motivation. 2. The second pass will concentrate on style - weak or overused phrasing, awkward sentence structure, etc. 3. The third edit will be a copy edit - spelling, typos and punctuation.
A bachelor's degree or higher is required for work as a book editor. Degrees in English, journalism or communications are preferred. Editors should have a particular interest in the technical aspects of writing, such as grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. They must also have the ability to work closely with authors and guide them through the writing & publishing process. Or editor polishes and refines, he/she directs the focus of the story or article or book along a particular course. He cuts out what doesn’t fit, what is nonessential to the purpose of the story. He enhances the major points, drawing attention to places where the audience should focus. Responsible for checking article facts and ensuring that an article matches in-house style guides. Also checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation. May also suggest word changes to keep the company from being sued. May arrange layout of articles and books. Might be required to write headlines, subheadings and key words. For finding new authors and promoting writers he thinks will be profitable for the company. Helps a writer develop a book from idea or outline or initial draft. Makes sure the book will meet the needs of the publisher and its readers. Will work with the author through any number of drafts. Often works with writers of non-fiction, mostly medical & healthcare manuscripts. Guides the writer in topics to be covered in or omitted from the book. Verifies headings, statistics, data in graphs, and footnote entries. checks for consistency and logic, and will read with the needs of the audience in mind.