What they do
Editors are responsible for selecting, reviewing, correcting and formatting content for publication. Behind every book, magazine or newspaper published in WA, you'll find a team of editors. They decide what to publish depending on market trends and audience requirements and edit copy (textual material to be published) to ensure it is free from errors and that it conforms to publication style guidelines. Many editors also decide on the format or design of publications and write articles.
Editors work for publishing houses and other organisations requiring editing services. They tend to work in offices, usually in city centres, but may have to do some travelling to liaise with authors or attend publication launches, fairs and conferences. Many editors work freelance, so may work from home. They tend to work normal hours, but are sometimes required to work long hours and on weekends to meet publication deadlines.
Tools and technologies
Editors may scribble or mark paper copy, but the majority of their work is done through computer programs designed specifically for editing and formatting publications. While editors do not work with printing equipment, it is important for them to understand how the process works. Available printing equipment and materials, such as colour dyes, and their cost often influence what can and cannot be done in the layout and design of a publication. Editors also use style manuals, reference books and manuals to ensure accuracy and consistency in their work.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a book or script editor, you usually need to study a degree in writing, editing, scriptwriting or a related area.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.
To become a book or script editor, you usually need to study a degree in writing, editing, scriptwriting or a related area
.Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses
Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing