Monthly Archives: January 2013

How long should editing take?

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A lot of editors charge by the hour, so people hiring them naturally wonder how long it’ll take an editor to clean up their copy. And the answer is unsatisfactory, because it’s almost universally: “It depends.”

A new series on improving your editing skills proposes that all of us who wield a red pen can find ways to get better. Money quote: “I learned more by reading over one redlined edit by a masterful copyeditor colleague than I did by all the studying and training of earlier years.”