KOK Edit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM)
KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Friday, March 20, 2009

Which Is More Important: Editing Courses or Editing Experience?

Hey, editing professionals and editor wannabees:

If you subscribe to the Copyediting‑L (CE‑L) e-mail list, have you been following the "certification" thread there yesterday (March 19) and today? If not, I highly recommend that you go read all of the posts, especially if you've ever been on the fence about whether to spend money on classes, conferences, or certification preparation. I've even recommended the series of posts to my mentees.

If you are already subscribed, you can read all of the posts in the thread by going to the CE‑L archives and doing a search. On that page, click the "Search Archives" link. On the page that you're taken to, type in the word certification in the "Subject Contains" box, and then type in "19 Mar 2009" (without the quotes) in the "Since" box. Click the "Search" button. That'll take you to a list of all the posts in the topic. To read a post, click on the hyperlinked numbers in the "Item #" column entry for that post.

Helen S's, Kim R's, and Amy E's posts are especially good. In fact, I liked Helen's so much that I obtained her permission to quote it (with minor modifications) atop the "Education and Certification" page of the Copyeditors' Knowledge Base within my web site.

If you aren't yet a CE‑L subscriber, here's how to become one:

  • Create an e-mail to listserv@listserv.indiana.edu.

  • Leave the subject blank.

  • In the message area, type this message: subscribe copyediting‑l Firstname Lastname, where ‑l is a hyphen plus the lowercase letter L, not a hyphen plus the numeral 1.

  • Firstname is your first name.

  • Lastname is your last name.

  • Delete any signature information. This is optional, but leaving the signature will cause the server to generate a somewhat perplexing error message.

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