Personal Reflection on Editing

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Personal Reflection on Editing

Editing is a process that needs attention to effectively achieve the set goal and objective. Completing the assignment on fishing was not that easy especially with regards to spelling, punctuation, and grammar. After the editing process I realized that I had made numerous spelling and grammatical errors which could result in poor grade. This personal reflection is based on how I handled the process, what the process was like, my opinion on the final story and where it placed in the votes. This personal reflection comments on what I have learned about editing and clearly indicates what I might do differently.

Looking at the work, there was no spelling errors but there were grammatical and punctuation errors. When writing the piece I was very keen on spelling and hence during the editing process it was revealed that spelling was not an issue.

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Editing for Publication

ASESSMENT ITEM 3: Copy Editing Task + Case Overview
Weight: 40%
Length: As required by copy edit + 1000 word Case Overview
Due date: By midnight 8 th October 2018
Submit: Via email to sally.breen@griffith.edu.au with the subject line Copy
Editing Task + Case Overview
Please submit the following 3 items:
One copy edit of the final draft of the story with track changes still visible
Documentation of interaction with the author as required and in any format
that suits how you undertook the process
A case overview of 1000 words which is a detailed report on the
collaboration process and your reflection on this process and outcomes.

Instructions:
This assessment item consists of three parts. One, a Copy Edit of the final
draft of the relevant story with track changes, two, documentation of the
collaborative editorial process between author and editor and three, a case
overview of up to 1000 words. The first part is a task of copyediting. It is your
task to undertake a copy edit of the final draft of your allocated piece of
creative writing using track changes. You should approach the task in line
with the ideas presented in copy editing lectures. This task deals with the
micro detail of the story and includes the following copy editing tasks:

• spelling errors
• grammatical errors
• punctuation
• formatting
• house style inclusions/preferences (please see the TI Style
Guide loaded on learning@griffith)
• tense – must be consistent. You can change tense to present
and vice versa whatever is appropriate for the story and make
minor sentence adjustments so that sentences make sense due
to the tense shift
• very minor sentence structure adjustments for clarity including
the removal of phrases or single words etc to enhance language
rhythm, tone and other micro elements. Any large/macro or
structural changes should be dealt with in the structural editing
task. For example you will not be removing whole sentences or
rearranging the sequences of paragraphs just copy editing what
is already there for clarity, ease of comprehension and reading
experience

• Things you can remove are adverbs, conjunctions,
redundancies, unnecessary words not related to key images in
sentences which slow or hamper the rhythm
• Do not add any words or write on the author’s behalf – you can
substitute the character name for he she or ‘I’ in places or
reiterate what ‘it’ is if the term is used too often but do not add
any descriptors or phrases
• Please be mindful that I am aware of the original drafts so if
copy editing has occurred during the process I’ll be able to
discern this due to the state of the final draft. There is no need to
include copies of every copy edit that has occurred. Please just
copy edit the final draft of the story

Part Two: Documentation
I will need to see evidence of what advice you gave your author so please
compile a range of documents that show the process. There is no set format
for this as everyone will have approached this in different ways. If you wrote a
report on the story and sent that to the author include it. If you gave them
advice over email – include it. If you discussed changes in track changes on
drafts perhaps include samples of these so I can see what kind of advice you
gave. If you advised on changes verbally in meetings write out what advice
you gave. The documentation can be in any form including copied and pasted
materials, emails, reports, edits with track changes etc.

Part Three: Case Overview
A case overview is a written report of 1000 words which is your take on the
editing process with your author. You can make reference to any additional
negotiations undertaken not reflected in the documentation and a reflection on
the process and the final result. You don’t have to repeat instructions included
in the documentation. You should comment on how you think you handled the
process, what the process was like, your opinion on the final story and where
it placed in the votes. You should also make some reflective comments on
what you have learned about editing and what you might do differently if this
is appropriate.
Criteria:
This assessment item determines the student's ability to comprehend, apply
and practice editorial conventions in a consultation environment. Students will
be assessed on their ability to retain awareness of the author's goals and
intentions. Essentially this assessment gauges the student's ability to manage
the author-editorial relationship to achieve the best possible interpersonal and
publication result.