A day in the life

As a child, I used to love reading about the day in the life of different professions. Those books were great and gave you a real insight, albeit in a child friendly way, about those professions.

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A day in the life of an editor would never get past a publisher! It is, I’m saddened to say, just far too boring. Afterall, what would the illustrations be? An editor stares at his computer screen!

So, if that introduction hasn’t put you off already, here is the day in the life if this fiction editor!


After a breakfast and the compulsory cup of tea, I’ll open the laptop and begin with admin tasks: dealing with invoices, receipts, emails, etc. I quite like waking up to emails asking for editorial support, I less enjoy dealing with invoices!

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After this, I’ll settle into the project I’m currently working on. I edit and proofread on screen but will have to turn to my books to correct some parts of the manuscript.

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Tea break. I cannot edit without tea, so the midmorning tea and biscuit break is essential. It also gives me the opportunity to ponder anything that has come up in the morning.

Afterwards, I’ll continue with editing, as I am most productive in the mornings. It’s important for me to try and break the back of anything that I am doing in this session and it means that, if I need to, I have the afternoon to research anything.


After a sandwich, and shouting at Bargain Hunt, I’m back to editing.

Often, in the afternoons, I’ll follow up on anything that I couldn’t do in the morning. This might be asking some editing friends for their help, possibly posting in the CIEP forums or emailing someone who might be able to help me out, or querying something with the author.

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Research is dangerous, it often ends up being never ending and I can easily forget what the original question was!

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If the weather is good, I’ll pop out in the afternoon, try and get a bit of fresh air before returning to the screen. After a day working on a manuscript, you can feel yourself getting sluggish and beginning to miss things. There’s no point in working like this, I’ll just end up making mistakes.


The evening is usually spent doing more admin or marketing. Often, that will include writing these blog posts. Perhaps someone will have enquired about a free sample edit and I’m more than happy to do that of an evening before switching off from work mode and into downtime mode.

I love to curl up with a good book but I have to make sure I’m properly out of work mode for this! Too often has my pencil come out to correct a typo in a book I’m meant to be reading for pleasure.

And then, it all begins again. If you’d like me to spend my days looking at your manuscript, please get in touch today, or try for free by requesting a free sample edit. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Published by Nick Taylor | Editor & Proofreader

Fiction editor and proofreader.

2 thoughts on “A day in the life

  1. Loved this. Have always wondered what went on on the other end of the desk (and I mean manuscript editors, not the ones who’d headed my newspaper or magazine departments). Thanks for sharing this!

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