355. On the Job with Carla Benton, Book Copy Editor & Proofreader


“If you want to do this job, you have to be willing to assume that you could be wrong about just about everything. You need to be willing to look everything up.”

Carla Benton gets paid to read all day. Sound like the dream? As a freelance book copy editor and proofreader, Carla agrees: She’s living her dream. (She worked on 70 books last year alone!) On this episode, Carla (whose twin sister, Emilia, was on the show a few weeks ago) offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get a book published. She started her career in publishing in New York City, where she worked for major publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, before moving to Chicago and going freelance. She has contributed to hundreds of books and best-sellers — including running books, like Deena Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run and Becky Wade’s Run the World. Carla also talks about the difference between copy editing and proofreading, what it’s like editing fiction novels set amidst the pandemic, how Covid-19 is changing the industry, and diversity in publishing.

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