The illustration you need was lovingly described in detail, but what you got back looks nothing like it. The first problem is you used words to communicate with a visual person. An artist is more likely to look at a long narrative and think: “Eee gads, I have to read that?!” They try to pick out a few keywords and put the daunting text aside.
Instructor: Connie Hale. Once sentences are lean, can you help make them lithe and lovely? In addition to fixing syntactical pits and bumps, we want to encourage writers to play with sound and tone. Copyeditors should develop an ear for a writer’s voice to help take text to a higher literary level.
Professional writers develop a thick skin; they learn not to take suggestions or criticisms as attacks on their self-worth. Eventually, the pro might even come to see a gentle query style as pandering, prodding the editor to “get to the point.” But that skin is slow to grow. Along the way, writers are helped by gently worded queries.
An increasingly mobile workforce wants a mobile workflow, but is editing on the go a realistic expectation? Dawn McIlvain Stahl has put the footloose and mobile lifestyle to the test and will share what she has learned about the opportunities and challenges of editing on mobile devices. Know what to expect in the field before you leave the command center of your desktop behind.
References are the pain of the editing process. At least they are for most editors. They can take as long to edit the citations in a document as it does to edit the document itself. Formatting is picky and slightly different for each style guide; information is out of order or missing; and citations are missing or not referenced in the document.
Editing Canadian English 3 (ECE3) says that an editor’s responsibility includes checking all of those aspects. Here’s a checklist to get you started:
Maybe you got a promotion, maybe you won the lottery, or maybe you just aren’t able to continue working. At some point, every editor will have to pass a project on before it is done. The time to start planning for someone to take over is right now. Here’s how to go about it.