Are you interested in editing and publishing as a possible career? The following posts, created by students in TCU’s ENGL 40283 class, “Editing and Publishing,” provide answers to many questions commonly asked about editing and publishing.  You can browse through posts or go directly to a specific answer by clicking on the questions below:

1.What are the big six publishers and what are the requirements for getting a job there?

By Elora Davis

2. What is the difference between a copy editor’s job and a senior editor (or editor-in-chief)?

By Courtney Sholars

3. What is the daily life of a copy editor or editor like?

By Rebecca Adkins

4. What is the relationship between a permissions editor and fact checker?

By Annie Daniel

5..Are all publishing jobs in NYC or Chicago? What about Texas?

By Rileigh Sanders

6. What are some summer workshops or internships for people interested in editing?

By Gene Ward

7. Is it necessary to have a Masters degree to be an editor? What grad programs are available?

By Lauren Schoppe

8. What is the chain of command at a publishing company?

By Christine Muir

9. Are university presses a dying breed?

By Diana Dunigan

10. What is the relationship between author and publisher?

By Lauren Galippo

11. How much does the marketability of a book factor into the acquisitions process? How does “market research” work?

By Rachel Spurrier

12. What are price ranges/fees for editing?

By Ian Yamagata

13. How do you go about corresponding with/interviewing an editing client?

By Nicole Westhoff

14. How do you find freelance editing jobs and how do you get them?

By Grace Palmer

15. How can someone break into editing? What are jobs that require editing that you may not think of?

By Katie Kennedy

16. What is the future of textbook publication, sales, and use in colleges in light of the e-book revolution?

By Brennen Anderson

17. How do e-books change graphic novel publication?

By Kelly Wagnon

18. What is involved in self-publishing?

By Michael Darmitzel

19. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing?

By Lauren Lehtonen

20. Does copyediting have a bright future?

By Kourtney Kinsel


What are the big six publishers and what are the requirements for getting a job there?

1. Hachette Book Company:

  • Owned by Hachette Livre, which is the second largest publisher in the world
  • Has 107 books on the New York Times Bestsellers List with 35 of those ranked #1

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What is the daily life of a copy editor or editor like?

Before enrolling in the Editing and Publishing course at Texas Christian University, I considered myself a superb editor; I corrected every misspelled text message I received and Facebook comment I stumbled upon, and questioned every missing s” and additional ed in every form of publication. Friends constantly nagged at me to read over their papers, and my mom even frequently called me questioning the correct uses of their and there. I thought I was a great editor, and then came the life changing day when I enrolled in English 40283, Editing and Publishing. Needless to say my dreams of someday living in a big sky rise in the heart of New York City, and working at a premier editing company, were somewhat shattered within a matter of months. Not only was this because of the fact that I prematurely had only edited peer’s papers and text messages, but because of what the daily life of an editor entailed.

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What is the relationship between permissions editor and fact checker?

Both the Permissions Editor and the Fact Checker work under the awareness of their publisher’s obligation to publish works properly. They differ as the Permissions Editor works to credit sources and the Fact Checker strives to substantiate claims. The Permissions Editor obtains content approval for copyrighted or patented materials, whereas the The Fact Checker verifies the statistics and assertions made primarily in newspapers, periodicals, etc. Regarding permissions, each provides basic parameters regarding authorship, as individual book contracts specify the level of permissions
necessary. This differs from fact checking, for specific validations are made based on verification. The extent of overlapping between the two professions varies. The relationship between Permissions Editor & Fact Checker is subject to the functioning of specific workplaces.

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Are all publishing jobs in NYC or Chicago? What about Texas?

To answer the first question, the “Big Six” publishers (Hachette Book Group, formerly Warner Books; HarperCollins; MacMillan Publishers Ltd; Penguin Group; Random House; Simon & Schuster) are all located in New York. While New York is the capital of American literacy and media, other major publishing cities include Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Texas isn’t on that list.

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What are some summer workshops or internships for people interested in editing?

The publishing industry has changed much in the past few years. Websites have surpassed newspapers at the preferred source of readers’ news, and e-books are quite likely to outpace traditional paper books in sales within a few years, if not sooner. This has invariably changed workshops and internships in publishing and editing, as the focus has shifted away from traditional book, magazine, and newspaper editing, and toward new media and web design. The remaining “traditional” workshops and internships almost all have portions heavily geared toward modern media such as web and graphic design. The current fastest-growing avenues for the publishing industry are seminars and workshops in the burgeoning e-book publishing market.

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