Sep 28Liked by Laura Portwood-Stacer

Thanks for this good column. Shanon articulates her transition to editing work very nicely. Another thing I would add as a benefit, having made the same transition, is that academics who wrote and published bring that experience to the table. I feel like that's one strength I bring to a full-time academic copyediting job at a publishing company: having sat on the other side of the table as a writer/reviewer. I'm more sensitive to writers' needs, feelings, and concerns when they get an edited manuscript back from me, as I was there in my previous career in academia. I can also communicate to them the needs and concerns of the publisher, which I'm not sure most academics understand (e.g., deadlines, costs, staffing limitations).

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