What is copyediting?

1. What is copy editing?

Copyediting is the process of ‘editing’ written content to improve its accuracy, readability, and flow, apart from ensuring that it is free of inconsistencies, grammatical and technical errors, redundancy, and repetitiveness. Copyediting involves preparing a written draft for publication.

2. What is the difference between copy writing and copy editing?

Copy writing and copyediting are different kinds of domains altogether.  Copyediting refers to writing the text of product advertisements to promote the sales of that particular product. Whereas, copyediting pertains to the process of editing a written draft to make it accurate, readable, and consistent. While copy writing is associated with advertisements and marketing, copyediting can be associated with anything that involves written material to be published.   

3. How is copyediting different from proofreading?

What is copyediting? and what is Proofreading? Copyediting involves improving the quality of any written content by improving its readability and flow; whereas, proofreading entails tidying up the document after it has been copy edited and is ready for print. Copyediting is like rehearsing a play in the early stages, while proofreading is the dress rehearsal, just a day before the play is staged.

4. Who can learn copyediting?

Anybody with a passion for grammar, an eye for detail and an above average command over English and good vocabulary can learn copyediting. Possessing impeccable grammar is the key. 

5. What is the career growth path for copyeditors?

While copyediting as a career is still in its infancy in India, there is no defined growth path; however, in a crude sense, the copyediting career begins an editorial assistant wherein you learn the basics of the profession, following which you will progress as an assistant editor, associate editor and finally editor. As you grow in your career, you will eventually limit yourself to a particular domain, say, medical content, in which you will gain utmost expertise. As mentioned earlier, there is no set growth path yet and you can chart your own career path as you grow in experience and expertise.  


6. What is the scope for copyediting in the future?

The Indian publishing industry is considered one among the top ten in the world and India ranks third in terms of publishing English language content next only to the US and the UK. Further, India is also witnessing a steady rise in academic and non-academic publications in the recent times owing to the emphasis on higher education and fascination in writing and publishing. These factors are surely going to increase the demand for skilled copyeditors who can make written content sound better and accurate

7. I cannot communicate well in English; can I become a copyeditor?

It is necessary for a copyeditor to have a good hold over English, which can be acquired with persistent practice. Do not worry, we can get you started with the basics of English grammar and you can take it forward from there.  

8. What are the job opportunities for copyeditors?

Trained copyeditors have a great demand in the publications industry, i.e., books, newspapers, magazines, academic journals and so on. There is also tremendous demand for both, freelance and in-house copyeditors in content writing firms, website design and management companies, academic organisations and so on. 

9. How much salary a fresher and an experienced candidate in this field can expect?

A fresher can expect to earn about Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 25,000 as an in-house copyeditor. Remember this is only at the entry level and income can improve as you grow in terms of experience and expertise. Further, experienced freelance copy editors easily earn anything between Rs. 25 to Rs. 250 per page.

10. Can I get “work from home” jobs, after learning copyediting?

Certainly! There are plenty of freelancing opportunities for certified and professional copyeditors. You can be your own boss and earn decent income as well.

11. Where does the workshop take place?

The workshops are conducted at Rehoboth Academic Services, located in Old Race Course Road, Austin Town, a locality that is closer to Brigade road and Indiranagar.

12. Who is the trainer and what is the experience of the trainer?

The training sessions will be conducted by Dr. A Ganasoundari, an expert in the field of copyediting, academic writing and thesis consultancy. The trainer has an in depth knowledge of editing different kinds of documents and vast experience in the writing and editing domain and has helped more than a thousand Ph.D. and Masters Scholars with their research and thesis writing. 

13. How is the training provided?

The training is designed to include three modules, namely, basic grammar, proof reading and copyediting. The training program starts from the basics to help you brush up on your grammar and refine your understanding of parts of speech, sentence structures, etc. Following this, the trainees are introduced to the basics of proofreading, which include punctuation marks, different editing styles, using different tools and so on. Finally, in the copyediting module, the participants are trained to check for and correct the sentence flow, accuracy, parallelism to improve the readability. They are also introduced to different types of editing, namely, light, substantive and technical editing and are trained in preparing style sheets and referencing styles. 

The duration of the course is 28 hours, which will span across two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays.

14. Do you provide online training facilities?

No, we are not providing online training at the moment. However, we do provide weekly soft-copy assignments for the participants of the training. 

15. Do you give any assurance for a job?

No, we do not give any assurance for a job after you complete the course. Your employability as a copyeditor will be purely based on your editing skills and industry requirements and we can only help you hone your skills and get you started as a copyeditor.