Copy Editing: “Drawing Success”


The Project

“Drawing Success” is a short article written by Isabelle Orr, which was selected as a profile story for the 32nd issue of PRM (formerly Pacific Rim Magazine). 

As a member of the Editorial Department, I was tasked with the copy editing. This stage of the editing process took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we worked from home with our own computers. We could not edit on printed copies of the articles.

The Process

Track changes in Word

We worked in pairs, that is, two members of the Editorial Department shared one article. One of them did the first round of copy editing, and then passed it on to the other Editor, who added their own edits to the same copy. We consulted with each other all the time. It was a team effort. 

In this article, we worked on the flow of the text, clarifying structures and avoiding repetitions. By the time we were in this stage, due to the pandemic, many changes had taken place in terms of the restrictions imposed on events that gathered many people, such as book presentations, so that had to be changed in the article too.

Since the story is about a First Nation comic artist, Cole Pauls, there are many Indigenous names, so we had to be especially careful with their spelling. We also checked grammar, punctuation, and made sure we were applying the stylesheet we had developed for this issue of the magazine. 

We had tight deadlines in this stage too: 24 hours for each Editor to work on an article. We used track changes in Word.

The Result

The piece was successfully published in the 32nd issue of PRM, both in its print and online versions.

Read the article here.

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