Copy editors check text before it's published in books, journals and websites.
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5% more Copy Editor jobs in 2023.
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You'll prepare text for publication by checking the author's manuscript (or 'copy'). You'll work on books, journal articles and text for brochures, instruction manuals and online publications.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
You'll do most of your work on a computer, but you might also work on a hard copy of the manuscript.
There are no set requirements, but many employers prefer you to have a degree. Most subjects are accepted, but a degree in publishing, media or a related subject may give you an advantage. To work in a specialist area, like engineering, you'll need a related degree.
It may help if you have paid or unpaid experience in the publishing industry, gained from:
You could also:
Some publishing houses run graduate training schemes and internships. The Pearson Internship Programme (PIP UK) is a 3-month paid placement scheme for recent graduates from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background and for graduates with disabilities.
As an in-house copy editor, you'll usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday.
Your days may be longer at busy times or when you have tight deadlines.
As a freelance copy editor, you'll usually work from home and will have more freedom to decide your own hours. You'll still need to meet publishing deadlines.
You could become a features writer, chief sub-editor or production editor. Some sub-editors go freelance.
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