LinkedIn is, undoubtedly, a valuable site for professionals of all kinds, including editors. It can be used as a dynamic online résumé, a virtual watercooler, a job-searching site, a news ticker, a think tank, a support group, a publishing platform, and more.
Trained copyeditors know that when you repeatedly come across a phrase used to mean something different than you know it to mean, it’s time to do some research. Perhaps there’s a new meaning gaining ground or a meaning you were unaware of.
A student of mine recently asked me about doing that kind of research, and I decided to share my advice here.
I’m a lucky feminist copyeditor: a large chunk of my client base consists of feminists, socialists, progressives, and other authors who are writing to change the world in one way or another. Not only does this mean that I get to work on some fascinating books—on everything from the Black Power movement to Occupy Wall Street to Dalit women’s rights—it also means that my clients are people who like to think about how language can help bring about social change. They’re invested in using inclusive language and seek my help in doing so.
One of my Copyediting III students asked a particularly useful question on our forum last week. In a couple of manuscripts, she had come across on the other side used to mean “on the other hand.” How could she determine if on the other side was becoming acceptable way to identify an alternative?
This week editors are talking about the release of the latest version of PerfectIt. That is a Word add-in that helps automate the process of ensuring consistency in a manuscript. The new version gives users a lot more control over what it checks for in manuscripts, and adds a host of often-requested tests:
“Thinking Fiction: Where to Find Fiction Work”: I’m asked frequently where freelance editors can find self-publishing writers, but my knowledge is limited. Thankfully, Carolyn Haley has some guidance for us.(An American Editor)
“The Benefits of Mentoring”: Editors of all stripes can use mentoring. A recent mentee shares what she learned from her mentor. (SfEP Blog)