Editor Book and Script

Editors evaluate and improve literary and journalistic texts and dramatic scripts in a variety of capacities. Editors may work in the book publication, in the film or television industry, or for radio or stage productions. Whatever the workplace setting, editors make decisions about which products are chosen for publication or performance and will often work with writers to edit the documents to a higher level of quality.

Duties and tasks

  • Assessing submitted texts for literary quality, dramatic interest, and overall coherence
  • Editing and improving upon submitted scripts
  • Evaluating a variety of works to determine which works should be selected for publication or performance
  • Researching subject matter to check for accuracy
  • Working with authors and other editors to reach a mutually satisfying version of selected works

Skills required

  • Ability to judge the merit of a submitted work
  • Ability to use logic to determine which works are a worthwhile investment
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Impeccable reading comprehension skills
  • Keen understanding of literature and literary value

Working conditions

Editors may be found wherever there is a text to critique and evaluate. Editors may work in traditional book publishing firms or newspaper or magazine offices. They can also be found in film studios, radio offices, and theatres..

Professional associations / Industry information

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd)
The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) exists to advance the profession of editing, by planning and implementing activities that support Australian societies of editors and their members, and editors in general. 

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