1 March 2011

Publishing editors are responsible for the style and content of publications.

Editors can work in a number of different areas, where their role is slightly different, such as:

  • Newspaper and magazine publishing
  • Book publishing
  • Online publishing.

In book publishing, a commissioning editor is responsible for deciding which authors and books to publish. Commissioning editors may have to:

  • Have a good understanding of the book market
  • Spend a lot of time meeting agents and authors and attending book fairs
  • Reading, evaluating and selecting manuscripts for publication
  • Approach authors with a concept or idea for a book.

Newspaper and magazine editors may write articles and sub-edit them. Editors may also have other duties, particularly in smaller publications. They might write headlines and captions for pictures, and lay out page designs. Some may have their own column to express their personal views.

Magazine editors often commission work from freelance journalists, photographers and illustrators. Meanwhile, newspapers may have larger numbers of staff but will still use some freelance workers. Editors are also involved in many non-editorial matters. This can include:

  • Making sure the production process runs smoothly
  • Recruiting staff
  • Liaising with the marketing, design and production departments.

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