An editor is one of the most multifaceted occupations with countless responsibilities and roles in the ever-changing writing world. The main focus of an editor is to look for what is going to give a specific writing its best opportunity to become a published work. An editor works with an author concentrating on what they are trying to convey to their audience, and helps decide what best possible ways they are going to achieve this goal. An editor must effectively cooperate with a writer to ensure that the writer’s ideas never stray from their original focus.

There are numerous types of editors in the working world. Emma Woolley described five main categories that editors fall into such as editor-in-chiefs, acquisitions editors, substantives editors, copy editors and internet editors. An editor-in-chief is described as an editor at a managerial level responsible for looking at the final product of a particular work who may have editors working below them working with grammar and the tone of a product. Acquisition editors, or a magazine and book editors, are those in search of new authors or scripts that they believe have a chance of becoming published. Substantive or developmental editors focus on one piece of writing from start to finish. Woolley explains that these developmental editors focus on the structure, concept and “big picture” of a writer’s work. Copy editors are the grammatical editors in the editing occupation. These editors are concerned with the grammar, punctuation, fact checking and proofreading. The last big role for editors to fill is internet editing. Internet editing can fall into any of the aforementioned editing roles but their primary forte is focused on the internet writings published on websites.

While we have so many different roles for editors to fill, there are still similar responsibilities and qualifications that any editor should display. An editor should have specific requirements for all prospective authors and writers, while being fair and unbiased. As anyone in the working worlds should, editors should display a professional and ready to work attitude. They should be prompt and efficient when it comes to deadlines as this is important to both the writer and the reader. It is also important for an editor to guard the anonymity and privacy of prospective published writings. They should never share information and should be seen as a confidant to both their clients and managerial team. An editor’s work is never complete until publication and their attention should always be on trying to follow-through to the best of their abilities to create boundless and impressive writings.

Works Cited

Cooper, Jennifer. The Duties and Responsibilities of Editors. Retrieved from

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Woolley, Emma. (2011 Nov. 30). 5 Different Types of Editors. Retrieved from


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