The new national Editors Directory
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has launched a new national Editors Directory, and all members of IPEd who have a freelance register entry on their branch websites (such as the register on this website) also have an entry in the Editors Directory.
Please visit the Editors Directory to find a freelance editor with the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience for your assignment. When searching through the directory, you are encouraged to use the search function which allows you to search for an editor based on specific criteria.
The Editors Directory will be reviewed in mid-2017 and any necessary changes made. The Editors Queensland freelance register will remain open at least until this process has been completed.
Why use an editor?
Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice, a skilled copywriter or a staff member who has been asked to put together a departmental report, all written work benefits from the input of a professional editor.
Editors are central to any publishing project; they endeavour to reconcile the needs of the author, the audience and the publisher.
Australian Standards for Editing Practice, second edition,
It sounds easy enough but, unfortunately, it isn't. You may have the key messages, selling points and important information to convey, but just can't put the words together succinctly. An editor will consider your audience, message and house style to help you communicate effectively.
Mistakes make the difference between an amateur-looking-publication and a professional one. Spell-checks don't pick up easily missed mistakes, such as 'their' or 'there', 'from' or 'form', 'it's' and 'its'. An experienced editor will correct spelling, grammar and punctuation errors and inconsistencies. Editors' talents and skills extend beyond the pages of a document. They can assist and advise you on the production process, brief and liaise with designers and printers, and check layout and typesetting.
Editors can project manage your publication from beginning to end, ensuring a smooth process and consistent approach to produce a publication that reflects the job brief, and is delivered on time and within budget.
Gain lasting benefits
Working with an editor you and your staff will improve your writing and learn to communicate more effectively.
On a typical project an editor will:
- help you convey your message clearly and effectively
- structure your documents logically
- choose the appropriate style and language for your audience
- advise on potential copyright and legal issues
- help selection and placement of visual elements
- correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
- transform overly complex language into plain English
- ensure consistency in style and language
- oversee your production process, liaising with designers, printers and web developers.