Q: Editors only approve content, right?
A: Yes and no. Some editors do approve content. However, there are several types of editors and their jobs vary.
Let’s take a look at the different types of editors:
- Copy editor: This type of editor looks for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, style and flow. Copy editors can be self employed or work for newspapers, magazines or publishing houses.
- Line editor: Line editors review manuscripts line by line for errors. In some publishing houses, this position is separate from a copy editor. In others, the positions are combined.
- Substantial editing: These editors look for problems with a manuscript’s consistency and flow. Substantial editors also handle rewriting material. Rewriting is more complicated and time consuming than producing content from scratch.
- Proofreader: Proofreaders review final drafts for any errors that have been missed in prior rounds of editing. Proofreading is less labor intensive than copy editing.
- Online editor: These are the editors who approve content. They also format text for the web, add photos and links. They also may be in charge of other writers.
- Developmental editor: Developmental editors help writers develop their manuscripts from the idea phase to publication.
- Acquisitions editor: Found in publishing houses, this editor decides whether a manuscript will be considered by the company.
- Editor-in-chief: A management position, this editor manages the tone and look for a manuscript’s final draft, preparing it for publication.
- Production editor: The production editor deals with the final details such as photos and typesetting before a manuscript is published.
In addition, newspapers and magazines have specialized editors.
- Executive editor or editor-in-chief: A management position, executive editors have the final say on what topics are covered in the publication. At a magazine, this position ensure all topics covered in an issue are cohesive.
- Managing editor: In charge of writers and reporters, managing editors assign topics and ensure deadlines are met.
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