Do you want to be an editor but need some advice on how to get started? Are you already working and need to hone your skills? The following resources will help.
The Chicago Manual of Style. This hefty guide is used by nearly all trade book editors. See particularly Chapter 4 for information on copyright and securing permissions.
The Copyeditor’s Handbook, by Amy Einsohn. A highly readable book that explains not only what copyeditors do but also how to do it.
Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, by Scott Norton. This how-to book is most relevant for freelancers, but authors benefit from knowing what their editors are looking for, and Norton’s solutions to common problems are most valuable.
The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White. As a starting point for writers and editors, this nifty little book answers many style questions.
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Many journals and academic presses prefer MLA style, particularly for its guidance on references.
The Recipe Writer’s Handbook, Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Jane L. Baker. If you edit cookbooks, this handy resource will answer all of your style questions.
Bay Area Editors’ Forum. Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area, this professional association for editors offers resources and support to both freelance and in-house editors at all kinds of publications.
Editorial Freelancers Association. A professional association that offers resources, training, and inclusion in a searchable database of freelance editors and other publishing professionals.
Editors’ Association of Canada. A professional association for editors in Canada. The group of articles titled “So You Want to Be an Editor” is particularly helpful for anyone looking to become an editor.
Editors Association of Earth. For a little fun and editorial camaraderie, this group on Facebook fills the bill.
Society for Editors and Proofreaders. This UK organization offers great resources and advice to editors.
World Association of Medical Editors. An organization specifically for medical editors.
Copyediting. Visit this site for articles about the industry, plus job listings and training opportunities.
Merriam-Webster’s Online. The website for the dictionary of choice for most trade book publishers.
JaneFriedman.com. The site is directed at writers, but it offers great insight for anyone interested in the future of publishing.
TheBookDesigner.com. Stay up-to-date on the self-publishing scene with Joel Friedlander’s exhaustive resources.