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You'll find here some short fact sheets that we have written about various aspects of editing and proofreading or working as an editor. Select the thumbnail image to download the fact sheet. If you are an editor or proofreader you may find some of them useful to pass to clients to explain what you do.
Proofreading or copyediting?
Do you need proofreading or copyediting? This fact sheet summarises some of the differences to help you find the right kind of editor to work on your text. Editors may find it a useful resource to pass onto clients.
Training for proofreading or copyediting
This fact sheet lists some of the skills and knowledge you should learn to work as an editorial professional. There’s more to it than being good at spotting typos.
Good practice for author queries
This fact sheet summarises some good practice tips on writing queries to authors, gleaned from the CIEP's experienced trainers and mentors.
Good editorial relationships
This infographic has some top tips for building good working relationships between client and editor.
The publishing workflow
This infographic sets out the ideal stages in the publishing workflow, for all sorts of texts from documents to books, and highlights where editors and proofreaders can help.
For CIEP members only
Please first log into the members' area of our website to download these member-only resources.
Getting your first clients
This fact sheet gives some useful tips for getting those all-important first clients when you are starting an editorial business.
Reference books and resources for editors
There are very many books and resources on the English language, but you can't (and shouldn't) buy them all when you're starting out. This sheet highlights some of the essentials and priorities for supporting your editorial practice.
The state of gendered language
In this discussion paper, Sarah Grey looks at recent changes around gender and language. She starts with a quick review of how language change works, looks at some specific examples of recent changes, and ends with tools you can put to work in your editing to make sure that you stay up to date with language usage.