Sarah (indigosarah) wrote in copy_editors,
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Great description of a copy editor's job

From Bill Walsh, of course, in this recent article about copy editing:

"A lot of the time, the drawing-out-sources-and-ferreting-out-facts gene and the tighten-it-and-polish-it-up gene aren't contained in the same person. But the job I do is important, for all sorts of reasons. You know how maddening it is when you buy a new electronic gadget and find that it's just not user-friendly, that obviously nobody bothered to let a user not involved in the original design test it out? Well, in addition to all the points of spelling and grammar and style and consistency, that's the copy editor's role: to make sure the story makes sense to somebody who doesn't already know the story."



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I worship the ground Bill Walsh walks on, liek fr srs.

Although something I often get at my publication when I try to make something user-friendly is: "Our audience already knows what that means."

:sigh: