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Offline Saybaaaaah

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Aspiring Editor
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:27:53 PM »
So basically, I've been spending an awful lot of time in the fansubbing scene editing anime and visual novel scripts.

What I'm doing is taking the translator's scripts, which can be poorly translated and altering them. Literally just fixing grammar and altering the phrases to flow better while keeping the original meaning.
I'm not doing it for profit nor recognition but mostly because I know if I do it, someone out there will watch the show and not have to suffer through poorly translated dialogue.
I'm really enjoy myself. More than I ever thought I would. It really speaks volumes when you spend your whole weekend editing text for fun.
After talking about this to a friend she directed me here since I could learn much from reading many of your member's posts.

Now to my actual question. I would love to start editing as a career. I know what I'm doing now isn't "true" editing but its a starting point.
I've been looking at courses and the such for proofreading, editing,copywriting, publishing and a couple of others. Also from trawling through other editor's blogs and the like, I've gotten mixed reviews on how helpful these courses are. Its a bit 50/50 as to doing them or trying to get straight into work as an assistant and learning from the inside.

What I'd really love to know is how other editors on this board started out and possibly a little about their experiences in the industry?

Offline 510bhan

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Re: Aspiring Editor
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 02:33:14 PM »
Hi, Iíve noticed youíre new. ;) It's great that you are keen to ask questions and I hope someone can help . . .

If you could go to the Welcome Board and introduce yourself youíll let members know youíve arrived and can begin to get to know how to find your way around things, the rules for posting and what the etiquette of the site expects.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php/board,1.0.html
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php/topic,12325.0.html
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=7415.0


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Offline Ranelagh

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Re: Aspiring Editor
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 03:07:37 PM »
Saybaaaaah,

I work in publishing, and I got my foot in the door by attending the University of Denver Publishing Institute. This is a month-long course specific to book publishing. http://www.du.edu/publishinginstitute/index.html. I earned a Certificate in Publishing, which immediately landed me an internship...and 6 months later, a full-time position as an editorial assistant. I've worked my way up from there.

Columbia has anothe reputable publishing course, and it is more broad: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/216-columbia-publishing-course/217.

The website mediabistro.com offers online editing courses to hone your skills if you're not up for relocating to Denver or NYC.

Finally, a big part of editing is knowing your style guides. I'd recommend stocking up on The Chicago Manual of Style 16th ed. and the APA Publication Manual (just to name a few) and familiarizing youself with the rules.

Kudos to you - editing is so rewarding - and good luck.
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