What makes a good copy-editor?

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Copy-editing is an adventure the author takes you on

I recently spoke to students on a publishing degree about the roles of copy-editors and proofreaders. One of the topics we covered was how to become a copy-editor. And it’s an interesting question, because it touches on something I’ve been thinking about for a while – what makes a good copy-editor? Knowing your grammar, BSI mark-up and having an ‘eye for detail’ are obvious answers, but I also believe that there are certain qualities that a good copy-editor can try to practise – these will allow her to work with, not against, the author. I can think of four; let’s look at those. Continue reading “What makes a good copy-editor?”