What Do Editors Do?

Editors improve written communication. It's that simple.

Whether it's a book, a journal article, a website, a corporate publication, a training manual, a legal document, or a scientific treatise, an editor with the relevant background and knowledge can make it clear, appropriate for the reader, logical and well organised.

An editor can help with:

  • getting the words right
  • targeting your publication to the intended audience
  • structuring the information in the most effective way
  • checking facts and references
  • correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation and word choice
  • preparing a document for design and layout by coding headings and other elements for the graphic designer

Editors work with all types of text. They have academic qualifications in a variety of areas, from language and the liberal arts to science, law, business, media studies or politics. Some editors also have vocational qualifications in editing and publishing.

Editors can advise you about the publishing process, brief designers, illustrators, photographers and printers, and supervise a project to ensure that the finished product is what you want and that it's delivered on time and within budget.

The Freelance Register, published annually by Editors Victoria, contains details of freelance editors who offer a range of writing, editing and proofreading services. Search the register.

Editors Victoria can also send an e-mail to our members to let them know you're looking to fill an in-house position or need help with a one-off project. Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.