Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Copyediting List

A great resource for copy editors (or copyeditors, if you prefer) is Copyediting-L, a listserv where editors from all over the world post items of interest to one another. If you've got a thorny style issue, a lead on a job, or questions about the business side of freelancing, you can post it to this list and you'll likely get the answer you need.

Copyediting-L has been around for 15 years (a long time in Internet terms); however, I hadn't subscribed before now because, as I said before, I'd rather edit than read about editing. But I'm monitoring it now in case the members might send out something of general interest to readers of this blog. You can subscribe to the list for free, and I think you'll pick up all sorts of good information from it.


Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Ooh, I love Copyediting-L—I wouldn't ever want to be without it! The collective knowledge of its list members is one of my favorite editing tools.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

I forgot to add that another excellent resource is the Freelance list, aka Publishing Industry Freelancers. (You can go to the archives to subscribe.) For those who are freelance copyeditors, as I am, the list is a valuable resource. Topics of discussion include publisher comparisons, job searches, and types of work; rates and (non)payments; insurance and taxes; home offices and equipment; and any other work-related issues. I know that some list lurkers are employees at various publishing houses.