I’m looking forward to visiting Ohio Northern University to talk about freelance copyediting as part of a New Media workshop series. On April 2 I’ll be helping individuals discover if they have the qualities and interests that make a good copyeditor (or copy editor).

The following list includes many of the references and resources from my presentation. For readers who weren’t there, most of the links will connect you with great information about editing and freelancing.11018870_956585454360561_5778854743686369705_o

The references to Roz Chast and Minoru Yamasaki are illustrations about freelancing and fact checking. I love cartoonist Chast’s take on the freelance life. Yamasaki is the focus of a personal fact checking exercise. The architect of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, he also designed my elementary school. Torn down in the 1980s, the school seems to have disappeared from photographic record except for one tiny image that was used on class composites.

While the role of the copyeditor is unfamiliar to many people, old and new media need polished, carefully reviewed copy. While the number of jobs with the title of copyeditor may be in decline, text editing skills are still extremely valuable.

What did she say? Resources from PS Editorial Services

The editor’s toolbox:


  • Make review a separate step.
  • Use time to create distance from your own writing.
  • Read it aloud.
  • Look things up, even things you think you know.
  • Create a style sheet.


  • View invisibles and squiggles.
  • Customize your dictionary.
  • Use Track Changes, even if only for yourself.

Selected industry-specific style guides:

Academic: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations [Turabian]; MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers; Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA]

Business: The Business Style Handbook, An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job by H. Cunningham and B. Greene

Electronic publishing: The Columbia Guide to Online Style by J. Walker and T. Taylor

General: The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Journalism: The Associated Press Stylebook (AP)

Legal: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

Publishing: The Chicago Manual of Style

Science: Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers

Favorite books:

The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Subversive Copy Editor By Carol Fisher Saller

Online resources:

Freelancers Union www.freelancersunion.org

The Editorial Freelancers Association www.the-efa.org

New York Public Library on Facebook www.facebook.com/nypl?fref=ts

Chicago Manual of Style Q & A www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.html

Roz Chast

The New Yorker cartoonist on Tumblr www.tumblr.com/tagged/roz-chast

Minoru Yamasaki

Lincoln Elementary School and World Trade Center architect in 2015 news www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150308/NEWS/303089972/how-architect-minoru-yamasaki-built-a-legacy-in-detroit