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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 2:39pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Full-time, in-house Copy Editor needed for Scholastic, NYC

Scholastic is seeking a copy editor to join its trade publishing team in New York City. Scholastic’s trade publishing division publishes about 600 books a year for readers under 18. Popular series and lines published by Scholastic include Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Lego, the Magic School Bus, and Star Wars.

The copy editor will copyedit and proofread short manuscripts, book cover copy, marketing copy, reprint corrections, and more; assist with editing rewritten novels; help maintain and enforce house style; and help manage the department’s list of freelancers.

This full-time, in-house position requires 2 years of copyediting experience,...

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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

Now, now, let’s not go throwing around words like plagiarism. There could be a very innocent (or cultural) explanation of why you’ve spotted text in the manuscript that was copied from a source. I get it a lot in curriculum correlations and teacher guides because the ministry of education wording was copied from their PDF to make sure the wording was exact and the workflow was efficient.

But, BUT, even if you want to keep the verbatim text, identifying the pasted copy can alert you to the need to strip pesky formatting and background code from the selection. And, sometimes, these telltales will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:26am
Mark Allen
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Semicolons: Glamorous or Simply Pedantic?

I long ago professed love and appreciation for the semicolon. It might not be the most useful punctuation mark, and it’s certainly not the most emphatic. But it is the most optional, and that makes it interesting. 

Roy Peter Clark, the rock star of writing from the Poynter Institute, made a case for the semicolon last week in a blog post, saying he prefers the funny little mark to the tiresome dash, which seems to show up every time a writer feels a punctuation mark is needed but isn’t quite sure why.

Clark quotes his own ...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 9:31am
Mark Allen
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Jibbing, Not Gibing, is My Goal for Sailing

I recently and unexpectedly acquired a Butterfly, a 12-foot sailing dinghy, and immediately signed up for lessons at a nearby sailing club. I’ve always had an interest, but now I need to learn my sheet from my stay and my bow from my aft.

I figured out port vs. starboard long ago when I realized port and left both have four letters and are similarly formed with one vowel in the second position. On Twitter, Leigh Hogan suggested a more romantic way of remembering, tweeting: “I picture ancient Portuguese mariners sailing south along the west...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/31/14 News Roundup: Freelancing Success
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Reflections on Award-worthy Editing

“Each book you edit teaches a different skill, whether that’s communication with an author or how to handle translation. The important thing is to reflect on the process after each project. In each book, you learn to push your own limits. Erotica and pop-fiction are not my thing, generally. But I knew that, in order to make this book work as it could, I had to extend myself. So I did. It reaffirmed just how important it is for writers and editors to read widely and to read beyond their own comfort zone.”

The Last Temptation of Bond, by Kimmy Beach

That’s what Peter says he learned from editing the award-winning poetry book by Kimmy Beach: ...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:45pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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But wait, there's more! Text Expansion Software, a Tech Tip from Copyediting.com

For years I’ve heard that text expansion software could save me time by reducing the keystrokes needed to type out oft-repeated phrases. And for years I’ve treated that idea like an unworthy hack, the late-night infomercial of productivity ideas. I figured I’d rather cut down on the boring repetition of my phrasing than on the time it takes me to type out that phrasing. I still think I may have had a point there. But text expansion users have a point, too.

If you have ever ...

  • added unwieldy typesetting codes to a long book manuscript,
  • found yourself repeatedly typing “Author: Please add this to the bibliography” or “Author: Please clarify...,” 
  • had a long chain of correspondence that necessitated the repeated use of the "Proper...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Journalism and the Right Word

After a long dry spell of books to review, I now have a stack on my desk wanting my attention. In an effort to review books for you before they hit the remainder bin at your local bookstore, this week’s Tip covers two dictionary-style books: The Right Word and The Oxford Dictionary of Journalism.

The Right Word

The Right Word: Correcting Commonly Confused, Misspelled, and Misused Words by Elizabeth Morrison is designed for student writers and business professionals wanting to improve their writing skills. Morrison, a writing teacher and journalist,...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/29/14 News Roundup: Vocabulary and Its Usage

Can you be combulated while working at your standing desk? That would be so fun! Find out in today’s News Roundup.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Job opening: News Editor for WSJ.com Greater New York section

Dow Jones is seeking a news editor to join its Wall Street Journal Greater New York team. WSJ has 36 million monthly online viewers and a thriving Greater New York section that includes the real-time reporting and news blog Metropolis.

The news editor will manage the daily online news coverage of the WSJ Greater New York section, including assigning and editing news and features, writing Metropolis posts, and engaging in interactive projects and social media.

This full-time position requires advanced copyediting skills, mastery of AP style...

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