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The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, 'Advancing our Profession' will be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September, 2017. More information and registration is available on the conference website. Follow us on Twitter @IPED_Conf

The Editors Directory allows you to search for an editor who offers the services you need and has expertise in the subject or subjects you are writing about. It also allows you to search for editors who are fluent in a language or languages other than English.

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Services

Editors may offer a wide range of services: what do you need?

Copyediting

Copyediting improves the accuracy, clarity and consistency of a document. It does not involve significant rewriting, providing a single authorial voice or tailoring text to a specific audience – these belong to a structural edit.

Illustration/photography

Locating suitable photos and/or artwork. May include obtaining camera-ready reproductions; preparing descriptions, working sketches and/or artist's references or co-ordinates for illustrations, maps and diagrams; supervising production of final artwork; obtaining releases from and/or conducting financial negotiations with picture sources and artists; preparing labels, captions and sources for typesetting.

Indexing

Producing an alphabetical list of names and places and/or subjects and concepts that appear in a work.

A professionally compiled index:

  • is clear, comprehensive and consistent in style
  • includes subheadings to help the reader locate specific aspects of topics without having to search through irrelevant pages
  • connects all related headings in the index through the use of see and see also references
  • includes explanatory notes to put headings into context
  • may distinguish page references for illustrations, tables and footnotes from page references related to the main text.

Layout/design

A copyedit or structural edit may include formatting your document with correct and consistent styles.

Some editors also provide desktop publishing services such as formatting, layout and design for print and/or electronic publishing. This might be in Microsoft Word or a specialist program such as InDesign.

Manuscript assessment

A manuscript assessment provides advice on stylistic matters and (if requested) commercial potential, and offers general advice on development. Assessment may be based on reading the whole manuscript or a representative section.

If you’re not sure whether your manuscript is ready for publication – whether you’re self-publishing or submitting your work to a publisher – you may benefit from a manuscript assessment. Some writers seek assessment if they have received several rejection slips and don’t understand why their work has not been accepted.

Print/production management

Some editors also have experience in production supervision and coordination. These services could include pre-press proofing and liaison with designers and printers, including specifications, scheduling and costs.

Project analysis/management

Editors can advise on many aspects of the publishing process, including:

  • the most appropriate form in which to publish your work
  • preparing text and images for production
  • identifying issues of defamation, libel or copyright where you might need to protect yourself
  • National Library deposit requirements
  • obtaining an ISBN, barcode and CiP (Cataloguing in Publication) entry.

If you are self-publishing, you may want an editor/publishing consultant to manage all or part of the process on your behalf. Some editors offer full self-publishing assistance and will oversee the entire production process. They can liaise with designers and printers.

Project managers organise the entire production of a publishing project, including hiring staff, supervising work, liaising and budgeting.

Proofreading

Proofreading involves checking that the document is ready to be published. It includes making sure that all elements of the document are included and in the proper order, all amendments have been inserted, the house or other set style has been followed, and all spelling or punctuation errors have been deleted. Proofreading is sometimes known as verification editing.

Research, fact checking

An editor who offers research or fact-checking services can help you to avoid the embarrassment of – for example – a misattributed quote or a scene that features a character smoking cigarettes before their invention.

Structural editing

Also called developmental, substantive or content editing, structural editing aims to ensure that the structure, content, language, style and presentation of the document are suitable for its intended purpose and readership.

It could include rewriting a document in plain English.

Training/coaching

Some editors deliver training, either one-on-one or to groups, in topics such as writing for the web or in plain English, and basic or advanced grammar and punctuation.

Writing

Some editors are also writers, creating work ranging from classified ads to articles and books.

Subjects

Individual editors’ profiles offer more detail of exactly which aspects of these broad subjects they specialise in. A topic may be found in more than one subject, depending on the focus of the work to be done: if your book on the Sydney Harbour Bridge focusses on its social impact, an editor specialising in the humanities might be suitable; if it’s primarily about the nuts and bolts, look for someone who is more at home with technology and engineering.

Arts, crafts and design

Includes but is not limited to Architecture, Arts, Crafts, Design, Drama, Film studies, Movies, Music and musicology, Performing arts, Photography

Business, economics and industry

Includes but is not limited to Accounting, Administration, Business, Commerce, Economics, Human resources, Industry, Investment, Management, Manufacturing, Trade, Training, Workplace relations

Computing, information and communications technology

Includes but is not limited to Communication, Computers, Electronics, Information science and technology, Library science, Process design, Software, Technology

Humanities

Includes but is not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian studies, Cultural studies, Drama, Education, Family, Film studies, Genealogy, Geography, History, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Media, Military studies, Movies, Social sciences

Law, politics and government

Includes but is not limited to Government, Law, Politics

Lifestyle

Includes but is not limited to Arts, Cooking, Decorating, Design, Do-it-yourself, Family, Gardening, Hobbies, Home improvement, House and home, Pets, Recreational activities, Relationships, Self-help and self-improvement, Sport, Travel

Medicine and health sciences

Includes but is not limited to Alternative medicine, Health, Medical sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology, Veterinary science, Wellbeing

Philosophy and religion

Includes but is not limited to Belief, Ethics and moral philosophy, Logic, Mind, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality, Theology

Science and mathematics

Includes but is not limited to Agricultural and horticultural studies, Animals, Anthropology, Aquatic sciences, Archaeology, Astronomy, Atmospheric sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Climate science, Computer science, Earth sciences, Ecology, Environment, Food science, Geography, Marine sciences, Mathematics, Nature, Physics, Popular science, Rural studies, Veterinary science, Weather, Zoology

Technology and engineering

Includes but is not limited to Aircraft and aviation, Building and construction, Computing, Food technology, Railways, Roads, Ships and shipping, Vehicles

Languages

All editors on this directory are fluent in Australian English.

Some editors are fluent in one or more languages other than English. If your work has been written in another language, or translated from another language, you may find it useful to work with one of them.

Accredited and distinguished editors

Accredited editors have demonstrated their professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge by passing the IPEd accreditation exam. Distinguished editors were nominated by their societies to prepare for and assess the first two accreditation exams in 2008 and 2009.

Location

For most editing tasks, an editor's location is irrelevant: most editors receive and deliver their work electronically. If you want an editor to deliver services such as training, you may wish to specify a location. If you select International, you can specify a country. If you do not specify a country, all members will be included in the results. 

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IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.

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