In our online world, copyediting requires more than markup skills. Today’s professional copy editors are decision makers. Yes, we correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and usage, but we also format documents according to stylesheets, digital style guides, and house guidelines.
The Copy Editor vs. Copyeditor Debate
Even the word choice of copy editor vs. copyeditor requires a decision. The AP Stylebook, the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, and the American Copy Editors Society recommend the two-word version. However, the one-word version is also used throughout the writing industry—a house style decision if I ever saw one.
Keep in mind that the type of client industry varies, and so does word choice and usage. Newspapers, magazines, scholarly periodicals, and informal blogs most likely have their own “take” on these hotly-debated word connundrums, and follow style guidelines that serve a unique purpose.
Ditto for copy editing vs. copyediting. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association all favor copyedit. However, The Associated Press Stylebook 2016 recommends copy edit. Again, house rules win the debate. If your client has a preference, go with that preference. Personally, I recommend using copy editor and copyediting unless there is a compelling reason not to (client preference).
Copy editors are hired for numerous and varied projects.
- Web copy
- Advertising copy
- Marketing copy
- Press releases
- Special projects
- More — visit this page to see dozens of potential collaborations
- The AP Stylebook
- The Chicago Manual of Style
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
- The American Copy Editors Society
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
If you have a business or organization and want to impact the public with high quality writing, look no further for a highly qualified copyediting services.