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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:40am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Keeping Tabs on Word’s Shortcuts

At the ninth annual Communication Central conference this past weekend, I attended Working Well in Word, presented by Editorial Inspirations’ Ben Davis, a certified Microsoft Word specialist. In Word, it seems there at least three ways to do things, and both Davis and attendees shared a lot of little-used features and shortcuts with each other.

For example, most of us are familiar with the left align, center, and right align tab choices in the tool bar:

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 5:45am
Erin Brenner
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09/30/14 News Roundup: Editorial Methods

How do you do that thing that you do? Today’s News Roundup looks at being funny in scientific writing, communication with authors, and identifying plagiarism.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Stop Wasting Time On Estimates

“Establish a ballpark as soon as possible.” That’s what Greg Ioannou, editor–mentor to many, told me when I complained about spending hours on a detailed and accurate estimate only to have the prospective client tell me that my estimate was ten times more than they were prepared to spend.

Tweet this quote.

For one-tenth of that estimate, what I’ll give you is the detailed estimate.

For me, presenting a ballpark estimate “as soon as...

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How to
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:16am
Mark Allen
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Freelance Copyeditors Share Knowledge at Conference

The freelancer’s dilemma is whether the training and networking opportunity is worth the cost and time away from work. “Yes” is almost always the correct answer to this question.

This weekend is the ninth-annual Communication’s Central conference in Rochester, New York. Started by freelance writer and editor Ruth Thaler-Carter, the Build Your Business conference brings together an impressive number of leaders in the field, sharing their knowledge about starting and maintaining a freelance editorial business.

Speakers this year include...

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Editing, News
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:05pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Tech Tip: Use Facebook Open Graph for Social Media Headlines

Andy Hollandbeck returns with his Tech Tip series for editors navigating the online world of headlines and SEO.


Last week, I introduced the Optimized Headline Dilemma (OHD), a common conundrum among thoughtful online content editors. An editor faces the OHD when she must choose between two good headlines, one optimized for search and one optimized for social media.

More often than not, one can solve the OHD by using both headlines, and my previous post outlined one of the simplest ways to do so: Putting the second (social media) headline into the post image.

This week's solution to the OHD isn't so simple, but its...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 11:32am
Mark Allen
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As the Leaves Fall, Go Ahead and Say It: 'Autumnal'

My favorite word is autumnal, and I must force myself to use it sparingly as the air cools and the trees shake off their green pigment to reveal the bright colors underneath. I like the earthy sound of the word, and I like the youthful images it conjures in my mind.

In British English, fall is an unusual, perhaps archaic, choice. It’s the Americans and Canadians who speak of either autumn or fall, a much more explicit word for the season of falling leaves. The British may speak disdainfully of Americans’ use of the British invention soccer, but in my experience, they are fond of our fall.

Forrest Wickman wrote of these two...

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Vocabulary
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 5:45am
Erin Brenner
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09/25/14 News Roundup: Zombie Rules

Zombie rules are all around us: those rules of usage that have little to no connection with reality. Today’s News Roundup slays three of them.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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09/04/14 News Roundup: The Freelance Copyeditor

Today’s News Roundup has tips for working as a freelancer, why you should collaborate, and how to behave ethically.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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She Exclaimed!

Each time you use an exclamation mark, leap in the air with pompoms.

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Feel right? Go ahead and use it!

Feel silly? Use a period instead.

Exclamation points should be reserved for actual instances of outrage or exuberance. I have been applying this “jump in the air with pompoms” test to my own writing and, I have to say, it’s surprising how often I do really want to leap. Or should I say, I’m surprised...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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Celebrate National Punctuation Day 2014

It’s a great time to be a copyeditor, isn’t it?

No, really, it is.

Think about it. There is now more copy being written than ever before, thanks to the web and digital publishing, which means continued work for us. More folks than ever seem interested in language and usage, and as a result there’s plenty being written about language—from main stream coverage in the New York Times and Slate to more industry-related publications like Schwa Fire and Copyediting.

 We even have our own holidays: National Grammar Day and today, National Punctuation Day....

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