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October-November 2015

Fall is my favorite time in New England. The crisp air energizes me, encouraging me to take on new projects. Kids go back to school, which means quiet mornings to think. And the leaves in all their bright colors remind me of the importance of variety in our lives.

It turns out that variety plays an important part in copyeditors’ work lives, too. Our recent survey, How Copyeditors Train and Stay Up to Date, revealed that copyeditors don’t just edit anymore and that while specialization may be our watchword, that specialization is pretty individual.

Individuality is reflect in the other articles in the October−November issue. Article topics include a history of the word hater, a lesson on using that to refer to people, and some tips for spotting plagiarism. Download the issue now, and find something that energizes you. 

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August-September 2015

We put a raised garden bed in our backyard this year. I love to see the variety of vegetables growing, each in its own way. The bush beans are spreading out, the carrots are expanding beneath the soil, and the tomato and cucumber plants are growing up.

Our August–September issue is like my garden box: each article seeks to help your mind grow in some way. Our In Depth feature broadens your knowledge with a review of the Editing Goes Global conference. Technically Speaking deepens your ability to use Excel in your editing life. And In Style reminds us of the importance of pruning.


June-July 2015

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.


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