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Today’s Topic: Freelancing
Yes, freelancers, you can save for your retirement. You can also give your clients what they want, no matter how long you’ve been in the game, and there are rules you should break. Three lessons for freelancers in today’s News Roundup.
- “Ask Farnoosh: Saving for Retirement When You Work for Yourself”: You can save for retirement when you’re your own boss. (Financially Fit)
- “Young Freelancer, Veteran Freelancer”: Whether you’re a new freelancer or a vet, your clients want the same thing from you. (The Freelancery)
See the previous posts in this costly issues series for additional information on the top three costly manuscript issues that copyeditors can help authors and publishers spot and avoid: copyright, attribution, and libel. This post and the next look more closely at attribution.
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The free Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to “view, print, and collaborate on” PDFs. It will not, however, allow you to create even simple PDFs. Within Adobe software, that next small step in functionality requires $9.99 a month for Adobe’s CreatePDF ($7.50/month with a full year’s commitment), or $29.99 a month ($19.99/month for a year) to access Acrobat Pro through Adobe Creative Cloud, or the $449 leap for the full Acrobat XI Pro (an option that might be...Read More »
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is not Mexico’s independence day, which is celebrated in September, but it is a celebration of freedom. It is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration honoring the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. Today, it has widened into a celebration of Mexican culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrations often include family and food, music and dancing, and the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red).
English has borrowed a number of words from Spanish. Here are a few Cinco de Mayo–appropriate Spanish words that are now accepted as standard in English (no need to italicize these in English texts). Use the clues to determine the Spanish words, unscramble the letters in the X’d spaces to give you the final word, and then use any or...Read More »
Featured Topic: Punctuation
Get your Friday going with lessons in fixing comma splices and dealing with multiple sentence-ending punctuation, plus punctuation that’s moved into word status.
- “Editing Tip of the Week: Comma Splices”: What it is and how to fix it. (Expert Edge)
- “Punctuation Junction: Periods, Exclamation Points, and Question Marks”: What to do with multiple sentence-ending punctuation marks. (APA Style Blog)
- “A New Blog Post, Slash You Should Read This!”: (A Thing About Words)
InfoTrust Group is seeking a technical editor to join its team in Austin, Texas. InfoTrust Group provides documentation solutions and information management for the aerospace, automotive, defense, health-care, manufacturing, publishing, and tech industries.
The technical editor will edit and format technical manuals and training materials, ensuring adherence to client-specific styles and overall high quality.
This temporary-to-hire, onsite position requires an associate’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field or the equivalent of experience and training; at least one year of experience editing technical documentation; and experience editing in Word, Framemaker, XML/SGM, or Adobe Acrobat. The...Read More »
Featured Topic: Editorial Methods
We can all benefit from tips that helps us work more efficiently and effectively. Today’s News Roundup has three ideas for you.
- “Embracing Slow Time”: It’s so easy to interrupt an officemate with a question. Slow down and consider if it’s the best solution. (Signal vs. Noise)
- “HOW TO: Deal with Difficult Clients”: When we treat authors like clients, we can help diffuse difficult situations. (Inspired Mag)
- “Business of Editing: The Logistics of Large Projects”: How to you manage a large editing project, particularly among several...
May 1 is May Day, an ancient European and North American celebration of, well, quite a lot of things, including flowers, warm weather, and, in some countries, workers and the labor movement. Infoplease has a nice summary of the holidays that are observed on May 1, and Wordnik has an interesting read on May Day–related words.
May Day is different from mayday.
Mayday is an international distress call used since 1923. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it is “apparently an Englished spelling...Read More »
Featured Topic: Usage Problems
You’ve seen reflexive pronouns used as subject or object pronouns; should you stet them? Also in today’s News Roundup, we look at the usage of that vs. which and any more vs. anymore.
- “Reflections on Reflexives”: Perhaps reflexive pronouns can be used as subjects of a sentence. But is it effective? (Caxton)
- “That’s the Law”: Does the which have to have a tail? (Ten Minutes Past Deadline)
- “Any More, Anymore”: Quick guidance on when to use each form. (Sesquiotica)
Perhaps today’s abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, February’s unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, or the many undergraduate hours spent reading European history have skewed my understanding of the word abdication. I was surprised to learn recently that it was not originally associated with royalty or political office.
To abdicate is to renounce, relinquish, or formally and permanently resign an office, position, or responsibility.
Monarchs can abdicate their thrones. Politicians can abdicate their offices. Business owners and nonvoters...Read More »