English nitty-gritty practical editing workshop: levels of editing

02 Sep 2017 at 09:00 to 13:00
1st Floor Boardroom, KPMG, Kingsmead Office Park, 5 Arundel Close, Durban
Event Details

Date: Saturday 2 September 2017

Time: 09:00 for 09:30 to 13:00

Place: 1st Floor Boardroom, KPMG, Kingsmead Office Park, 5 Arundel Close, Durban (next to Kingsmead Cricket Stadium).

Presenter: John Linnegar

RSVP: There are only 20 places available. To confirm your place on the workshop, please RSVP to Ellyn Barry (ellynbarry@telkomsa.net) by 28 August 2017.

Cost: The price of the workshop, including tea, coffee and biscuits, is:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 21 August 2017)
Registration fee
(before or on 28 August 2017)
PEG members R150 R200
LAMP members R250 R300
Non-affiliated members R500 R600

Title: “It needs only a ‘light’ edit”: Negotiating the differences between light, medium and heavy editing.

Authors with a reputation for submitting well-prepared manuscripts (MSS), or who are likely to be hostile or hypersensitive to more major changes, will often need only a light edit (whatever that means), and the text editor’s billable hours will be expected to reflect this. Medium editing is naturally the norm to which most MSS conform (Merriam-Webster 2001: 235), and usually comprises two passes (Einsohn 2000: 16). Heavy editing conveys broad latitude to shape the manuscript’s language and content components (and a little structural editing) (Davies & Balkwill 2011: 170; Einsohn 2000: 12). It is used if a work is in need of significant improvement, usually in the opinion of either the commissioning editor or sometimes of the text editor (Davies & Balkwill 2011: 170).

When this decision is taken, the next question that arises is: Will the author be capable of making the book acceptable to its target audience or should a detached professional text editor be asked to undertake the necessary improvements? (But how often don’t clients expect to get away with a “light” edit on a dog of a text!)

This workshop will try to give you some firmer guidelines for distinguishing the different levels, especially when having to justify the level of editing – and its related fee and deadline – to a client.

PEG Guides will be on sale during the workshop.

New: Book swap table. Bring along unwanted fiction or non-fiction books and swap your gems for someone else’s.