Module Details: Understanding editing

We’ll cover different editing styles, what this entails, and various client types. Find out what goes into planning and executing an editing project – from negotiating a client brief to providing feedback.

What will you learn?

  • The different types of editing a freelancer might be asked to do, including the differences between mechanical and substantive editing
  • What might affect the rates you set for editing services
  • Key skills and resources required for working as a freelance editor
  • Some of the common client types that request editing services
  • The steps involved in different editing projects, from making a single pass on a short document to bigger projects involving multiple drafts
  • How to negotiate a brief with a client and plan an editing project
  • Guidance on providing feedback to and communicating with clients

It is useful for:

  • Anyone looking to learn the basics of what being an editor involves
  • People who want to know how different types of editing can vary
  • Anyone seeking advice on how to plan and execute an editing project

Becoming An Editor

  • Build your skills and confidence
  • One-on-one coaching from friendly, expert tutors
  • Specialise in work you enjoy
  • Gain the ability to charge higher rates
  • Take your freelance career to the next level

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