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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:44pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Tech Tip: Use an Image as a Social Media Headline

Writer and copyeditor Andy Hollandbeck is joining the Copyediting team as an occasional guest blogger. In his first series of posts, Hollandbeck has some great Tech Tips for copyeditors navigating the online world of headlines and SEO.


If your online writing and editing experiences have been anything like mine, the Optimized Headline Dilemma is an old enemy. The essence of the Optimized Headline Dilemma is being faced with two types of headlines to choose from: 

  • The first is the “good” one, the one that sparks interest or solicits a grin, a sure sign of an emotional connection. It contains some sweet wordplay, and you’re sure it would sway people who saw it on your social networks to click through and read.
  • The second headline is the...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Intense Prefixes: What’s Going on in Irregardless?

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Ammon Shea’s new book, Bad English. In my review, I listed some guidelines I picked up from the book on how English really works. One of them was:

Words sometimes duplicate meaning in their prefixes and suffixes (e.g., inhabitable, invaluable).

A reader emailed me with questions about what I meant. How does invaluable’s preposition and suffix duplicate meaning? Does Shea use that argument to defend irregardless?

Allow me to clarify for everyone.

In chapter 2 (Words That Are Not Words), Shea looks at a handful of words that language critics frequently claim...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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09/16/14 News Roundup: Editorial Methods

How do you do that thing you do? Tips on editing fiction, working with self-publishing authors, and successfully prioritizing tasks. In today’s News Roundup.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:58pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Featured Job Post: Content Editor for McMurry/TMG

McMurry/TMG, Copyediting’s own publisher, is seeking a healthcare content editor to join its print and digital publishing team in Phoenix, Arizona. McMurry/TMG has 30 years of custom-publishing experience and is now the largest independent content-marketing agency in the United States. McMurry/TMG creates custom magazines, newsletters, digital magazines, and other marketing products and strategies—particularly in the areas of healthcare, financial services, and insurance—for high-profile, international brands.

The content editor will direct the daily editorial and...

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:46pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Etymatching Wilderness Words: Wilderness Act Turns 50

This month marks 50 years since President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, establishing a “National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes” (Public Law 88-577 [PDF]).

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, President Obama has proclaimed September 2014 National Wilderness Month and encourages “all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious...

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:50am
Mark Allen
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British Editors Gather for SfEP Annual Conference

One day, we might be able to attend conferences of copyeditors virtually, with multiple cameras in every room transmitting conference proceedings and picking up bits of conversation as copyeditors meet over coffee, tea, or wine, depending on the time of day. Until then, we at least have Twitter, and I’ve already created a TweetDeck column for #SfEP14, the hashtag for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference in Royal Holloway, just west of London.

The conference starts Saturday with an optional pre-conference introduction to copyediting course. The association general meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. GMT. One of the more meaty matters on the agenda:...

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Editing, News
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:11am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Schedule Learning to Double Your Income

I’m so busy I don’t have time to improve. It’s the curse of the successful freelancer: you have so much work that you only learn things when you absolutely have to for a job. It’s how I operated for the first dozen years of my career. I did learn new things, by chance or by critical need. But largely, this approach to PD (professional development) assured that I kept pushing a sled rather than taking the time to learn how to install wheels.

One of the biggest game changers for me was a conference session I stumbled into. The speaker emphasized that I need to make time to work on my business. And that means developing skills as well as doing the bookkeeping and other essential maintenance.

My career took a leap the year I...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:08am
Mark Allen
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Slowly Savor These 1,600 Words

I get such joy out of finding previously unknown wordhoards of various varieties and origins, so I was thrilled to find that James Harbeck has done 1,600 “word tasting notes” over six years and left them right under my nose. I’d been more apt to read Harbeck’s thoughts on language and usage; I hadn’t realized how many times he has immersed himself in a particular word.

The words offered at Harbeck’s ...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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09/11/14 News Roundup: Freelancing

How do you approach a prospective client? How do you walk away from a bad one? And how do you set your rates? In today’s News Roundup.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Why to Join Your Clients’ Professional Association

This week we expand our search to non-editing associations where you can interact with potential clients, not just colleagues. Last week we looked at the variety of Canadian editors’ associations that can help you find training, colleagues, and networking. We also mentioned some US associations that accept foreign members. This week we expand our search to non-editing associations where you can interact with potential clients, not just colleagues.

In Canada, you’ve pretty much got to be prepared to be the black sheep — the lone editor in an organization. But there is a lot to be said for being the one editor who everyone in your market knows.

Many of these organizations require that you be a professional practicing the field. But they often have affiliate or associate...

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