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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 8:46am
Jeannette de Be...
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So last week I approached the hard part of deciding to start a freelance business: the mindset. Oh, there will be challenges galore in the weeks and months (and years) to come, sans doute: but the real work is in your head.

And today I’d like to talk about the flip side to that mindset, the positives. Believe me, there are many.

Let’s start by talking time, because it’s one of the greatest gifts of freelancing. If I need to get my hair cut on a Wednesday afternoon, I can do that. If I’m walking on the beach in the morning—my favorite way to start the day—and I decide to stay a little longer, I can do that. If the grocery store is crowded beyond belief on the weekend, I can do my shopping Monday instead.

Of course, that’s because I don’t “...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Cascading Decisions: When One Edit Leads to Another

When we copyeditors learn to edit, we tend to tackle one rule or one set of rules at a time. We practice reducing repetition in one exercise and fixing comma errors in another. But when we get to real-world editing, we’re trying to fix all the errors in one or two passes. We’re no longer editing in a vacuum, and one edit often leads to another.

Last week’s Tip, “Spelling Nightmares: Can’t We All Use the Same Rules?” brought up several questions with readers, the answers to which can affect how the rest of a document is edited.

Hyphenation Confusion

One reader suggested that consulting...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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08/19/14 News Roundup: Freelance Editing

As a freelancer, you’re responsible for everything, from finding the clients to collecting money due. Today’s News Roundup is packed with tips to help you run a better business.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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There’s a mistake in my copy!

So, you broke that number one rule: never open a finished book. Or worse: your client is upset about a lingering error. Relax. Take a breath. No one is perfect. A .950 save percentage is about the best any individual editor could ever hope for. Perfection is not the realm of humans. (Read about the scientific studies that support this.)

Editors, keep your perfectionism and obsessive tendencies in check. To err is human. For most materials, the goal of perfection is a perfect waste of time. The audience will understand it despite the possible annoyance of the occasional minor error.

Good enough will do just fine. There are other things that need your attention. Like chocolate, wine, and purring kittens. Those are...

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:12am
Mark Allen
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Lack of Dictionary Raises Questions of Linguistic Identity

In the same week Oxford Dictionaries announced the inclusion of amazeballs, binge-watch, clickbait and many other new words into its online edition, the Toronto Globe and Mail asked a compelling question: Who is speaking up for Canadian English?

The article notes that Sunday is the 10-year anniversary of the last publication of the widely used Oxford Canadian Dictionary. The Oxford Canadian was created and published in 1998 and updated in 2004, but there is...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:55am
Mark Allen
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Can't We Say Good-Bye to that Hyphen?

We’ve gotten the phrase “God be with you” down to three letters over the years, with bye retaining the b from be and ye, the old plural pronoun. It’s unclear when we took the God out of goodbye, but we’ve been saying bye for at least 300 years.

It’s unclear to me why we persist in saying good-bye with a hyphen in the middle. There is no one-word goodbye in the citations in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it is the first spelling given in the New Oxford American and Oxford Dictionaries online.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged online offers good-bye and good-by as a variant. Merriam-Webster’s newer Advanced...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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08/14/14 News Roundup: Zombie Rules and Usage Advice

Zombie rules are on the loose! Zombie rules are on the loose! In today’s News Roundup, some of our friends attempt to bury a few zombies for good. Help them out, won’t you?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
Jeannette de Be...
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Most articles on launching freelance businesses talk about office space, and marketing plans, and networking for new clients. Don’t worry: we’ll get to all that. But before you put out your shingle, there are some issues that you have to deal with, and they’re not from a profit-and-loss sheet. They’re about who you are. How you deal with stress. What keeps you awake at night. Why you’re considering going freelance.

Because if you don’t have a firm grip on how your way of coping with the world will help or hinder your business, you’re going into this new adventure blind— never a good way to start.

Let’s begin with talking about regular employment:

  • When you have a job, you can plan. You know how much money you’ll make this year. You know when you’ll be able to...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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EAC Hands out 6 Honorary Certifications

The thing about being on the team that sets up a certification system is that you can probably never take the certification exams yourself, because of some sort of conflict of interest. This is why it makes sense that the Editors’ Association of Canada recently handed out six honorary certificates to recognize the foundational work members did in developing the association's professional certification program.

There are four areas of certification in this program; qualify for all four and you get the designation of Certified Professional Editor (CPE). That’s what was handed to these editors at the association’s conference in June:

  • ...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Jeannette de Be...
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Most articles on launching freelance businesses talk about office space, and marketing plans, and networking for new clients. Don’t worry: we’ll get to all that. But before you put out your shingle, there are some issues that you have to deal with, and they’re not from a profit-and-loss sheet. They’re about who you are. How you deal with stress. What keeps you awake at night. Why you’re considering going freelance.

Because if you don’t have a firm grip on how your way of coping with the world will help or hinder your business, you’re going into this new adventure blind— never a good way to start.

Let’s begin with talking about regular employment:

  • When you have a job, you can plan. You know how much money you’ll make this year. You know when you’ll be able to...
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