Kavita Das and the Empathetic Copy Editor

April 21, 2021

At Poets & Writers, Kavita Das examines the copy editor’s role in today’s literary and political landscape, noting how one’s approach must change with the times. “The copy editors with whom I spoke note curiosity and humility as important traits for those in their profession,” Das writes, “especially when it comes to engendering trust with authors. When they aren’t familiar with language embedded in cultural identity or are unsure of an author’s intent, they approach it by querying the author rather than making assumptions or hastily applying standards. This requires copy editors to approach their work not only with their technical skills, but also with a sense of self-awareness and empathy.”

Image credit: Nic McPhee

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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