Kate, a book editor, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, and how to get into the industry. She tells us that she decided to leave academia because most PhD students do not have control over where they live because they have to go where the positions are, and she wanted to have that control over her life. She loves her job now where she still gets to work with professors across a broad spectrum of topics.
Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.
Short-term on-the-job training
Editors can gain experience by working on their high school and college newspapers, or for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or not-for-profit organizations.
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