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.
I think all editors, at some point in their careers, go through a "Grammar Police" phase during which they offer unsolicited (and sometimes unsubstantiated) advice about how to "correctly" use a particular phrase, pronounce a particular word, or use a particular idiom. I know I did. It's an annoying phase — not for the editors, but for everyone around them — and one hopes they grow out of it quickly.
Recently I did something unusual (for me, anyway) in a client document: I added a smiley face to a comment balloon in Word.
I’ve worked for this client for years. I’ve met this author in person, and we have a good relationship. I wasn’t worried that she would take it the wrong way but that the smiley would do what I intended: lighten the mood.
The singular they might just be 2015’s word of the year. As questions of transgender rights and gender equity continue making news, editors are feeling the need for a gender-neutral pronoun—and hotly debating solutions.