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Copy Editor

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A copy editor works on pieces of text (copy) for publication, ensuring it is free from errors, reads well and meets the house style. They usually work on books but may also work on journal or magazine articles.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Salaries for editors in publishing vary widely. The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are usually around £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £34,000 to £40,000 a year.

Freelance copy editors can set their own rates; the current recommendation by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) is a minimum of £26.90 an hour for proofreading and £31.30 an hour for copy editing (March 2022 rates).

Conditions

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2022
1887
4.6 %
FALL
2027
1804

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
Tel: 020 8785 6155
E-mail: membership-enquiries@ciep.uk
Website: https://www.ciep.uk/
Twitter: @The_CIEP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EditProof

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

Publishing Training Centre
Tel: 020 8874 2718
E-mail: courses@publishingtrainingcentre.co.uk
Website: http://www.publishingtrainingcentre.co.uk
Twitter: @PTCBookHouse
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PTCBookHouse

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