"Twenty-five" or "25"? "PhD" or "Ph.D."? Being a copy editor means paying close attention to differences like these. Copy editors review text to ensure it is easy to understand and follows the publisher's style. And they make sure that the tone of the writing suits the publication’s audience, whether it's teens, scientists, or art lovers.
Copy editors also rewrite text or suggest changes, such as reordering paragraphs, to make the writing stronger. On top of all that, they correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Copy editors review text to make sure that it is free of errors and is clearly written. They also ensure that writing follows the publisher's style and editorial policy.
Getting experience, for example, as an intern at a local newspaper, will make it easier to find a job.
Creative with a love of reading and writing and a broad range of interests. You should be able to express ideas clearly and to communicate with others in a sensitive and encouraging way. You need to be self-motivated, detail oriented, and organized.
Copy editors must become very familiar with reference books on writing style and keep up with changes to grammar and style rules.