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You know it happens. The deadline is looming, peering overhead and the thought of it swooshing by might scare you. However, you are too savvy to let that page stay blank for long. You look around the room for inspiration. You might seek out social media to see if your peers have posted anything to stir the creativity.
Prompts (cost $4.99)
This newer app was just released February 2014. The idea behind this app is simple and some might wonder why they were not the ones to come up with such an easy concept. The idea is to randomly show sentences to start the creative juices.
Story Dice (cost $1.99)
As a novelist, you might be stuck in the middle of your story. Wondering where the character should go next. Story Dice helps with plot, setting, and character. The...Read More »
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is seeking a senior editor to join its team in Westchester, Illinois. Established in 1946, HFMA is a nonprofit association identifying trends and addressing challenges for healthcare financial managers. It offers its 40,000 members education, information, certification, and networking opportunities.
The senior editor will oversee the editorial development and production of HFM magazine and one of the HFMA newsletters. Tasks will include planning, scheduling, soliciting, writing, editing, and proofreading features...Read More »
AP Stylebook’s more than, over entry now reads:
Acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value. Salaries went up more than $20 a week. Salaries went up over $20 a week.
The announcement came on the first day of the...Read More »
Yesterday, at the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference, AP Stylebook’s David Minhorn and Darrell Christian revealed some of the latest changes in AP style. Although they said they didn’t have any bombs to drop, one went off anyway.
Over is now “acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value.” More than can still be used to mean the same, but that didn’t stop some attendees from tweeting items like:
@violindan: Over a few people are upset.
@MikeShor: More than my dead body!
Despite the reaction, over has long meant “more than,” and some editors recognized that:
@nickjungman: “Over” has pretty much always meant...Read More »
With 12 brave participants, 40 observers, over 130 words, and almost three dozen thrilling rounds of spelling under pressure, the American Copy Editors Society spelling bee was a fun kickoff to the ACES conference in Vegas Wednesday night.
The final contestants, Lisa McLendon and Amy Goldstein, went back and forth for almost 20 rounds before former Scripps National Spelling Bee participant Goldstein correctly spelled mountebank and insouciance for the win.
The event raised money for the ACES Education Fund. And, as contestants asked for...Read More »
Happiness: The state of being happy
International Day of happiness might sound cheesy at first. A day set aside to be happy? It’s true. This day was established on June 28, 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.
Today is a terrific day to reflect on what makes you happy. Here are a few apps to help with your happiness.
Happy Habits: Choose Happiness (Free)
This app includes an assessment test that focus on 14 factors that affect happiness. The results will give tips on how to increase your opportunity for happiness.
Happiness Quotes (Free)
Quotes to scroll through to keep...Read More »
Metric is the official system of measure in Canada, but with the largest segment of our population (baby boomers) having grown up with imperial measure, and our most influential neighbours to the south using imperial, what you find practised in Canada is a mysterious combination of metric (SI units) and imperial: simperial.
In everyday use, we mix our systems of measure. Ounces of alcohol are poured into millilitres of pop, mileage is measured in litres per hundred kilometres (kilometerage never caught on), and you can pound ten square metres of siding onto your house with three-quarter-inch nails.* Simperial was probably coined by Wayne Grady, who used it in his humorous 1999 essay on the phenomenon for Saturday Night magazine: “The Metric System (...Read More »
As digital products take over the publishing field, copyeditors and other publishing pros will find that adding some basic HTML and XML skills to their toolkit puts them in demand. In the April edition of the Copyediting Newsletter, my “Technically Speaking” column focuses on familiarizing yourself with this in-demand coding language.
Here are five ways you can start learning HTML or XML.
1. Take a course in person or online.
A course aimed at copy editors and e-book production will target the skills you need more than one aimed at website designers. Local colleges and public libraries are a good place to start your search. Watch for training here, because the coordinator is working on it.
Online...Read More »
Copyeditors don’t know everything, even if they often appear to. Many copyeditors I have known have the ability to recite the spelling of most any word you can throw at them; others need to see a printed page to spot the error and a dictionary to confirm the spelling. Either method gets the job done.
A group of brave change trackers will put their spelling abilities on display this evening at the ACES Education Fund Spelling Bee at the American Copy Editors Society conference in Las Vegas. The contest costs $10 to watch and $25 to spell. (Come to think of it, perhaps the fee structure should be the other way around.)
One way copyeditors catch spelling goofs, other than the red squiggly underlines supplied by Microsoft, is by knowing the...Read More »
- “Do Only ‘Go-Getters’ Succeed? Freelancing for Introverts”: No. And these five tell you how introverts can succeed, too. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “12 Tips to Overcome Freelance Clients’ Cost Objections”: These tips work for copyeditors, too. (Make a Living Writing)
- “Why a Sample Edit Should Be Cheap or Free”: Before you charge for doing a sample edit, read this. (The POP Newsletter)
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