My kind of editing

When I first heard that I had to create a blog about editing I started brainstorming what to talk about. As I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, this is somewhat of a foreign topic to me so I knew my blog would focus on a novice introduction to the field. I thought about how everyday people, like me, use editing. The first thing that came to mind was not Copy Editing, but more Instagram, Memes, and Vines.
Editing doesn’t always include spell check. To the masses the word editing may invoke the memory of that chick used Photoshop to totally catfish you on Tinder, or that YouTuber that got a million views in fifteen minutes from a seven second vine. Apps and websites now a days make editing a video or picture mean something different, and younger and younger individuals are mastering them and becoming “internet famous” for it.
Since this kind of editing is so prevalent in our society today and even becoming a lucrative business I decided it deserved a post. I also decided that “Vine” was the perfect example of this Millennial generation editing. I found this awesome article on how Vine was started on entitled “How Vine Climbed to the Top of the Social Media Ladder”. The article starts saying that a Vine was created showing the Boston Marathon explosions and it went viral. This put the app on the map. The article then makes this great comparison: “Vine is to short videos what Instagram is to snapshots: You shoot, edit, and share clips, all through a mobile app.” The article continues with interview by Colin Kroll to the creators of Vine. It highlights how social media and this app particularly has and still does play a growing role in the international community and how the world is changing. Link to the article below:
I kept getting a feeling that there is a science behind this new kind of editing. These apps and the images and videos they produce can create strong emotions and effects. I mean revolutions get started because social media makes it possible for images and videos to reach millions. This is powerful stuff, there has to be more behind it than Grumpy Cat. I wanted to look at meme’s next. An image with a few words posted on it has to resonate differently than a video where you can include sound and movement. I found another great article entitled “Makes a Meme Instead: A Concise History of Internet Memes” posted on a blog run by Linda Borzsei. It starts by explaining the term Meme and how the internet then shaped the term into something else. She includes a quote by Patrick Davison from his essay entitled Language of Internet Memes. He says “An Internet meme is a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains influence through online transmission.” The article takes you through a complete history of how what we now think of a Meme developed from a smiley face –> 🙂 It also details formulas on how to create a great meme, including what kind of images to use and what to say that will relate to people and spark the emotion your looking to create by associating those words with that image. Here is the link:
The rise of the internet, social media, and apps like all these are changing the world. Yes sometimes they’re really silly, but sometimes they spark ideas, initiate movements, and spread information and opinions to the international masses. This new kind of editing has and will continue to change how we as an international community relate and associate with each other. They can also make a 4 into a 7.


The Code

If you’re reading this blog you’re probably Linda, my Copy Editing Professor at UNF. Just in case you’re not though, I am in the middle of completing my last assignment for said class and it entails editing an article and including with it everything a real copy editor would: A complete edited document, the original with the track changes shown, a style sheet, and an invoice for the work completed. Yes, that last one is tricky, I have to fake charge my professor for my homework.
To complete this assignment we were given a packet with examples of these things including a copy of the Code of Fair Practice created by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Something that I have really learned a lot about in this class is the community that all editors are a part of. This community creates guidelines like the styles of writing I’ve talked about in a few different previous posts. It also creates guidelines like the Code which has a little more to do with ethical operations. The Code of Fair Practice talks about how to professionally deal with clients in every aspect of the editing process. Smart right?
If you’re going to be an editor or have something edited it’s helpful to know about this. This code details how to deal with clients if you’re an editor, what resources you can use, how you can charge your clients, how to agree on timelines for the work completion, how you are given credit for your work, and even how to resolve conflicts between editor and author. This document is crucial to both parties. These guidelines set standards for what is to be expected when author and editor enter into an agreement.
So, Linda, and whoever else, this community of editors is an interesting one. This field engulfs all fields of study and entertainment, because everything from Twilight to text books needs to be edited, and editors need to be informed and ethical in what they do. And, as someone who enjoys both structure and “How To” guides, I find it interesting to learn that editors to do.


Imortance of Style Sheets

I needed to create a style sheet for my last assignment in my Copy Editing class at UNF. Like I’ve said I am not an English major so obviously I’ve never done this and didn’t really know where to start. So of course I googled the topic to try and find out why style sheets are important. I knew from this class that editors have a lot more responsibilities than fixing grammatical errors. They help writers reach their audiences by adjusting their word choice and getting the writing to flow in a clear way that gets the topic across to whoever the writer wants to appeal to. This also includes conforming the writing to be consistent in style.
The style includes the grammatical things like which kinds of commas, or pronouns to use. Also what kinds of abbreviations or numerals will be used in the writing. Format also falls under the umbrella of style. All these things should be consistent throughout the novel, article, or whatever is being written and edited. The style sheet can be created with the author so the author and editor can agree on what they want, but the editor can also use their expertise to decide what’s best for the piece.
Certain editors may be more versed in certain styles of writing such as the APA, MLA, or Chicago Manual of Style. All these styles are specific to the topic of the writing. If you are writing a Psychology text book you want to go to an editor who knows how to use APA. These manuals have set standards on what citations, grammar, and rhetoric should be used.
I feel like keeping the writing consistent is the most important job of an editor because it effects every sentence. When writing is inconsistent it will greatly decrease the author’s credibility and reputation.