What do editors do?

Editors help people improve their writing.

A good editor can help find the right words, improve the structure, clear up problems with spelling, punctuation and grammar, and help prepare a document for publication. An editor can also help someone work with designers, indexers and printers.

Editors work in a wide range of fields. Some specialise in fiction, others in government reports, academic publications, children’s books, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, and more.