An editor is a discerning reader and writer who loves words, and has the skills to polish text (in the form of a manuscript, essay, press release, ad copy or web content) meant for publication in an efficient way to appeal to the target audience.
Editors can be found in the different facets of traditional publishing: books, education and magazine. They play a big role in publications, standing in the bridge between the writer and the reader by helping writers get their message across in a clear and tasteful way.
Editors can be found in non-conventional fields. They may not officially bear the title, but they do similar work that editors do. If they are in charge of gathering, polishing and disseminating information or content in a corporate organisation, then they are de-facto editors.
An editor is usually the first point of contact for any content before it is published. She prepares the story or article for publication by ensuring that it is structured logically, and the style and language are right and consistent. She ensures the grammar and spellings are correct. Also, she eliminates any ambiguity and simplifies technical or specialist jargon for clarity. Furthermore, she provides creative direction to place images appropriately. Lastly, the editor can ghostwrite content in cases where the work requires heavy revision or restructuring. In conclusion, it is the editor’s responsibility to ensure that the work is appealing to the publisher/client and audience.
The editing profession is an easy entry profession. It draws people in the creative industry and other related fields. To explore the profession as a career, individuals must consider the following:
Continuing Development Activities
SBMEN’s rigorous training and other continuing development activities support editors’ growth to the highest level of competence through its grade level membership system. At the highest-grade level, members are encouraged to get accredited to demonstrate their growth, expertise and the increased market value they have earned through the courses.
Editors can provide three levels of editing service essential in producing a high-quality publication: