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The annual American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference is one of the highlights of my professional year. For three days, I am surrounded by likeminded people—people who love words and care about the quality of writing that’s published. I can argue good-naturedly about the serial comma or singular they with someone, and no one listening in will think us strange or pedantic.
In our June–July issue, I share with you some of my favorite lessons from this year’s ACES, including how to become a “Credible Hulk” of fact-checking and what words to avoid using in medical texts.
Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find some advice on what to put on a triage editing list, how to edit in Adobe’s latest version of Acrobat Reader, and whether entitled has been skunked beyond saving.
It’s spring at last, and after the winter some of us have had, we’re in the mood to rejoice. Here at Copyediting, we think we’ve got a pretty good reason to frolic.
With this issue, Copyediting turns 25 years old, and we’re celebrating with an issue devoted to where we’ve been as a publication and an industry. We’re stopping to smell the flowers, and we think they smell pretty good.
Our celebration won’t end with this issue. Join us on our website for games and prizes. Check out the swag store for new goodies. Say hello to us at the many editor conferences we’ll be attending.
Copyediting wouldn’t have survived 25 minutes, let alone 25 years, without loyal readers like you who read, share, comment, and question—issue after issue. If we are a success (and I think we are), then it is because you make us one. So thank you, copyeditors, and enjoy this issue!