Copy Editor Needed? Yeah, I’d Say So!


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I have a Google Alert for the phrase “copy edi­tor needed,” so every once in a while a pos­si­ble project oppor­tu­nity floats into my email inbox. I got a kick out of yesterday’s:

Assis­tant Copy Edi­tor Needed

… is look­ing for an Assis­tant Copy Edi­tor. The Assis­tant Copy Edi­tor will train under … the cur­rent copy edi­tor. … We are start­ing our search early because of the high spec­i­fi­ca­tions we have for this posi­tion. They are as follows:

- Vast knowl­edge of AP style

- Two upper level Eng­lish courses (one course per­fer­ably copy edit­ing & doc­u­ment design)

- Com­pletely free weekends

- Basic sen­tance struc­ture knowledge

- Basic grammar …

Did you catch the typo (to assume the best) or mis­spelling (based on the chance that the writ­ing doesn’t know the cor­rect spelling)? And it appeared, though of course I don’t know for sure, that the writer of this job descrip­tion is the Edi­tor under whom the new­bie will train.

Just goes to show how easy it is to make mis­takes. We all need a copy edi­tor if we’re putting our words out there pub­licly. It’s really, really hard to proof­read your own writ­ing; some­how, your mind just doesn’t see your own mis­takes. This just hap­pens to be one of the more com­i­cal examples.

Do you have any com­i­cal writ­ing errors to share? I’d love to hear them! Leave a com­ment below.

2 Responses

  1. Laura Poole Says:

    I see more than one typo and a phrase that should be hyphenated!

    Besides the typos, I find it extremely unrea­son­able to ask any­one to have “com­pletely free” weekends.

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  2. Heidi Mann Says:

    Laura– Yes, actu­ally on a fresh glance, now I see TWO spelling errors (“per­fer­ably” and “sen­tance”), and for the phrase that should be hyphen­ated, are you look­ing at “upper level”? I would push for a hyphen there, but some peo­ple would say it’s not nec­es­sary. Oh, and yeah, the “com­pletely free week­ends”? Gimme a break! Good luck find­ing some­one to take this job!

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