Becoming an Editor: 5 Easy Steps

Becoming an Editor.Becoming an editor in 5 easy steps sounds too good to be true. While this is undoubtedly true—a career in editing does take years of education, professional development, dedication, and passion—it is still helpful to break down the many steps into a helpful step-by-step guide to simplify the process.

Let’s begin!

With that said, let’s begin!

You’ve made the decision to become an editor, but are not sure how to proceed. At times, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, with an infinite number of paths that can lead to this career.

Truthfully, there is no set way to become an editor, as editors’ journeys are often quite varied. However, certain commonalities exist. These can be defined in five easy steps.

Step One: Education

First, many editors earn a Bachelor’s degree in an editing adjacent field, such as English literature, communications, or journalism. Many editors also study fields, such as history, political science, or philosophy. In addition, some editors may also specialize in certain fields, such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). or business and later compete specialize editorial training.


Step Two: Further Training

This brings us to our second step, further training, which conists of professional editing programs, diplomas, and certificates. Many editors will complete additional editorial training, publishing training, or plain language training.


Step Three: Professional Development

Thirdly, editors continually take professional development courses to upskill throughout their career. This includes attending conferences, webinars, workshops, as well as reading the classics of editing. Editors will also keep up-to-date with newest style guide changes and language evolution. One piece of advice is to never stop learning.


Step Four: Volunteer Work and Memberships

Fourthly, many editors dedicate time to volunteer work and developing a portfolio. It is quite valuable to volunteer with various editorial associations, and sit on committees. This is a great way to meet and learn from fellow editors.


Step Five: Work Experience

Finally, newer editors often apply for assistantships, junior level positions, and work one’s way up. Alternatively, more experienced editors can choose a more freelance approach, marketing their expertise on personal website, editor directories, and social media.


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