Introduction to Academic Copyediting: A Three-Hour Workshop
I am no longer giving this workshop, an introduction to copyediting academic books and journals. Copyediting is not one task but a set of tasks that includes technical editing (correcting matters where there is a strict right and wrong, such as verb-subject agreement), style editing (standardizing a text according to a particular style, such as the Chicago Manual of Style), correlation editing (checking related parts of the manuscript against each other), substantive editing (improving logic and clarity and addressing larger problems of structure and organization), and layout preparation (marking or coding the manuscript for the layout artist). The workshop used to briefly introduce each of these types of editing.
This workshop was useful for novices interested in finding out if copyediting is of interest to them or for editors who have to work with copyeditors (for example, academics who are running a journal or preparing an anthology). It was best for those who are trying to get an overview of what copyediting entails rather than to master the skill. The workshop was too brief to actually train someone in copyediting.
If you are interested in learning
to become a copyeditor, please see Links
for Copyeditors. I no longer copyedit myself nor do I answer email queries about copyediting.