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Featured Topic: Working as an Editor
Whether you’re concerned about productivity at the office or making your small business profitable, today’s News Roundup has something just for you.
- “Eight Productive People Do During the Workday”: It’s summer, and although you want to be lazy, there’s work to do. Eight tips to see you through. (Your Career)
- “Should I Give Up or Should I Just Keep Chasing Payments?”: Five tactics to getting an invoice paid as it ages. (Small Business Bonfire)
- “The Struggle to Make a Living”: If you aren’t making the money you want to working as...
Tasty indulgences, easy conversation, expressions of appreciation—gifts appropriate for papas of all ages.
Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next.
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Featured Topic: Word Geekery
Hear ye, hear ye, word wonks! Today’s News Roundup has the story of wonk and several idioms, plus news words added to The Oxford English Dictionary.
- “Wonk”: Like nerd and geek before it, wonk has had an imagine makeover. (Sesquiotica)
- “A Horse of a Different Color: The Lexicography of Idioms”: You don’t have to be part of the old-boy network to appreciate the stories behind these idioms. (The American Heritage Dictionary)
- “Tweet Geekery and Epic Crowdsourcing”: In the Oxford English...
University of California, Berkeley, is seeking to fill three writing and editing positions, all in the San Francisco Bay area.
The writer/editor for the Lawrence Hall of Science public science museum will research, write, and edit for curriculum, professional development materials, newsletters, and multimedia projects. This one-year contract position requires five years’ experience researching, writing, and editing educational materials. Contract renewal is dependent on grant funding.
The direct mail editor will work in...Read More »
Featured Topic: Why We Edit
Sometimes we need to justify our jobs to the boss. We help you do that in today’s News Roundup.
- “Editing as a Portable Skill”: Elegance in writing “rises when diction and syntax and cadence and metaphor are apt to the writer’s purpose.” (You Don’t Say)
- “You Won’t Finish This Article”: Understand how people read online, and you’ll edit to better purpose. (Slate)
- “Editing and Public Relations”: Public relations need editors as much as any other type of media. (The Editor’s Desk)
See the previous posts in this series on costly issues for additional information on the top three costly manuscript issues that copyeditors can help authors and publishers spot and avoid: copyright, attribution, and libel. Libel, part 1, expanded on the basics and provided information to help copyeditors determine if statements are libelous. This final post...Read More »
Featured Topic: Usage
Usage is one of those topics that offer so much to argue about. Today’s arguments: collide, differ to, and so.
- “Colliding with Common Sense and Usage”: Copyeditors can’t leave common sense lying on the side of the road when it comes to using collide. (Macmillan Dictionary Blog)
- “Ask Language Log: Differ To?”: Sorting out the true usage of differ to. (Language Log)
- “Shopgirl So”: What that intensive so is up to. (Fritinancy)
The other day my boys, ages 12 and 9, said to me, “Mom, we’re having a grammar argument. Is it wronger or more wrong?”
The boys had picked up on an exception to the rule for grading adjectives, that is making an adjective comparative or superlative, and found it something to argue about.
The general rule is that words of one syllable take one of the inflectional suffixes, either –er or –est:
Words of more than one syllable can take either the inflectional suffixes or the phrasal comparatives (more, most):
Relevant—...Read More »
Featured Topic: Advertising Your Editing Business
Sure, you’re great copyediting and you treat your clients like royalty. But how can you initially draw that loyalty to you?
- “10 Reasons Why LinkedIn Still Works for Freelancers”: LinkedIn’s search tool is a powerful way to network. (Freelance Folder)
- “Small Business Chat Update - Tammy Ditmore”: “Don’t be afraid to look for nontraditional clients in nontraditional places,” says freelancer Tammy Ditmore. (LibroEditing)
- “Lessons Learned #3: Three Steps to Effective Directory Advertising”: Make good use of your hook,...
As much as we like to complain about Microsoft Word and its seemingly endless futzing with the interface, it’s still the weapon of choice in the logomachy that is copyediting. The problem many people have with Word is that so many of its features are hidden, or at least not very widely publicized.
Take the status bar along the bottom. You probably have only the default options down there: page number, spellcheck, the view buttons, and zooming options. But the status bar can do so much more.
Open a Word document and right-click the status bar; you’ll see something like this:
Many of these options not only give you information about your document...Read More »