Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Editing: a Team effort/work

The typical character of an editor is usually that of someone on the phone, coordinating processes and efforts in order to maintain and mediate all sides. Of course, he/she must have a large desk filled with books, references and plenty of red pens for corrections.

However, one person does not perform editorial work, on the contrary, this is the convergence of many actors/actions that make it all possible. In literary editing, the writer finds him/her self at the beginning of the process. In technical editing, and within the niche of academia, the process is initiated numerous years prior reaching the editing/publishing table. As this work will be used for didactic purposes, it will be done at a school, college, university, ministry or any type of academic institution.  The planning of some of the contents, the methodology and focus will be the first step in forming a scheme of what will actually be the didactic work.

This work will then go through many hands before it reaches the editorial, in which writing and revision become simultaneous, parallel and continuous processes. Together, these will help form the didactic work, taking into account the design of the curriculum. Several participants must provide specialized content, for example, linguists, graphic designers, and in the modern world of media, any collaborator who may provide multimedia products, whether they may be electronic or audio-visual, that may be linked or used for the didactic purposes.

What are the implications and challenges faced when many people are involved? In such cases, it is necessary to “form a team” (beyond just having a group of people), and then work together “as a team”. Each team, once they have been formed, should remind their members “what” and “why” they are doing this. If they are editing didactic works (teaching material), they should make sure this will serve the purposes of a particular institution, and through this, it will serve its students. Thus, the task is not for our personal use or of individual property, but rather, we are doing this as a service and of higher purposes than our own. The editor and his/her team should never forget for whom they are working, because it is certainly not for themselves. 


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