As a copyeditor, you are responsible for creating a style sheet for every job you work on. Your effort can help you remember what you did at the beginning of a project once you are 300 pages in (or even 4 pages in), or it can bring you quickly back up to speed if a client requests further work from you after a lapse of time. A well-crafted style sheet can also help others involved with the project (such as proofreaders) and can be used for later editions of the book, other books in a series, and so on. If done correctly, this routine aspect of copyediting should help you work better and more efficiently.
In this two-week webinar, we will discuss creation of a style sheet and choices for entries. What do you need to track? How can you best organize your entries? And when might you fact-check entries? If you do not systematically create style sheets, or if you are unsure about what to put on that sheet, join us. Discussion will apply to work on documents ranging from full-length book manuscripts to journal articles or website pages.
Barbara Fuller has worked in publishing since 1985. As director of Editcetera, she has helped connect freelance publishing professionals with hundreds of clients. Her personal clients have included the Administrative Office of the Courts, Computer Literacy Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, HarperSanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers, Sierra Club Books, Sierra magazine, Ten Speed Press, and many independent authors, from professors to novelists. She has taught writing and editing for UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, and private businesses, as well as for Editcetera. She is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Editorial Services Business (Globe Pequot Press, 2013).