What does a copy-editor do?

Old lady with a mobile phone

I dread being asked what I do for a living. Not that I’m ashamed of being a copy-editor (a whaaaaat??), but it can feel like I’m the ONLY ONE on the planet.

Definitely the only one the other person has met in their entire life. The most common response I get is, “Oh I know, you’re a copy-writer!”, with a smug smile and a nod of understanding. They've cracked it!! They know!! And they’re going to tell me: you’re a copy-writer! Err…


I’m also being taken for a translator (I've tried it. It's too hard), a proofreader (Yes, but proofreading is a different skill and can be a whole different profession), a journalist (I wish!), a writer (Well, thank you, kind sir!).


This may seem like a trivial thing to worry about, but I’ve been struggling with this my whole professional life. And after 11 years of taking it with a forgiving smile (You don't know? Your loss!), I’ve finally come up with an answer! No, I won’t tattoo my job title on my forearm. I’ll tell the whole WORLD what a copy-editor does! So the next time you look at me like I’m a piece of Moon rock, before you can say  “Oh I know, you’re a copy-writer!”, I will smile madly and show you…


To find out what I’ll be showing to the unsuspecting folk, catch up with me in October on social media (my Instagram, Facebook and this blog). I’m doing a 30-day challenge to explain bit by bit what it is a copy-editor does. I will also happily answer any questions, so do get in touch either on my social channels or via a contact form on my website. I can’t wait to hear from you and see you in October!

*Can you say that? Is it good English? Email me for an answer!

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