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In the 20th century and earlier, most literature was printed, and most writers never had their work published. There was less material published and less available to read. In the old world of print, everything that was published needed to be as perfect as possible given the expense and process that was required to print something. A huge team of people were employed to proof read material to be printed and it was viable to put a lot of resources into editing something in order to create a perfect document.
Things have certainly changed in the publishing industry now. Anyone can write and publish electronically content today, you only need to a quick visit to the web to see people so many people doing just that. Blogs, web sites, social media and online newsletters have taken a lot of readers away from large book, magazine and newspaper publishers. As a result, there is often less money and less manpower available to edit, per publication (both print and electronic).
The good news is that there are more publications and many more opportunities to work on publications. Publishing is a business. If it doesn’t pay, you will be out of business. If it barely pays you will barely survive. If you make lots of money, you are more likely to grow. This is just as true for an editor or proof reader, as it is for a publisher who engages their services.
Everyone who employs an editor will have certain expectations about what the editor will do. Editors should above all, attempt to identify, understand and respect the expectations of employers. In most cases, the main purpose of editing is to improve communication with the readers. To this end, the editor must always understand and recognise who the readers are likely to be. There are often many opportunities for editors to “assume” what both their employers and their readers are wanting. Making assumptions however has been a big downfall for many editors.
Learn to Edit for the boss and your work opportunities will expand: Try editing for yourself and they will shrink!
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