Episode 13

Published on:

16th Sep 2019

S2E13: Copyediting and the fact-checking process

Denise and Louise talk to Laura Poole, a professional copyeditor who specializes in working with university presses on scholarly non-fiction, mainly in the humanities. Laura discusses the importance of fact checking.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What a copyediting service includes
  • When fact checking takes place in the editorial process
  • Fiction: place names, historical accuracy, idiom, dates, etymology
  • Non-fiction: people names, obscure terms, place names, dates, protecting author reputation
  • Differences between spot checking and fact checking
  • Fact checking for consistency across series
  • Print versus digital: preventing reputational damage in the long term
  • Tools for fact checking
  • Who’s responsible for fact checking?
  • Effective and sensitive querying of facts in non-fiction
  • Artistic licence with facts in fiction

Mentioned in the show:


Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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The Editing Podcast
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Join two pro editors, Louise Harnby and Denise Cowle, on The Editing Podcast for regular tips, tools and guidance on writing and editing.