A Day in the Life of Copy Editor Monica Dyer
Meet Centerfield’s “words whisperer.” Monica Dyer reviews and edits content for Centerfield’s suite of consumer guide websites and is the last pair of eyes before content is published. Get to know Monica in our latest edition of “A Day in the Life.”
Q: What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
A: Actually, every day is cool because I get to read – and learn about – a myriad of topics that I previously didn’t know much about. For instance, on some days, I’ll review in-depth pieces on home security systems; other times, I’ll read a slew of articles on how to watch your favorite shows online. And the best part is that I’ve been able to pass along this information to my relatives and friends.
Q: What are your favorite things about working at Centerfield?
A: Besides the variety of our sites’ content, I really appreciate working with so many people who are based in different locales across the country. In my previous jobs, I’ve sort of taken it for granted that most people live and work in the same vicinity as I do (LA); however, it’s refreshing to meet and collaborate with others who may reside in a completely different time zone than you. It helps give you a better perspective and reminds you how large the world really is outside of your bubble.
Q: Any advice for people wanting to do what you do?
A: If you pride yourself on spotting misspelled words or typos in magazines, books or even restaurant menus (guilty!), then this is the career for you! Being detail-oriented is essential, but it also helps to have a deep appreciation for the written word. As with any form of communication, make sure the message being conveyed is clear and concise. Familiarize yourself with top journalism style guides. And don’t be afraid to bounce off questions or get input from other copy editors. It’s a great way to collaborate with like-minded professionals since copy editing is generally a solitary vocation. And finally, enjoy the process. As the saying goes, If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Q: Can you share a WFH tip?
A: Since being at home, I’ve become much more aware of my posture. So while I’m at my desk, I’ll do a set of sitting exercises, like neck and shoulder rolls, to alleviate any tension. Also, to minimize eye strain, I try to look away from the computer screen for a couple of minutes every hour or two. Lastly, while this may be a no-brainer, it bears repeating: Take a moment in your day to both mentally and physically disengage from whatever you’re working on and go outside. It does wonders to rejuvenate your spirit!