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Online content is best created offline and then copied onto a web-publishing program. Smart content publishers include a copyeditor in the process. But plenty of content is produced right in WordPress or Blogger or on a social media platform
To add a layer of protection for content producers, the Associated Press Stylebook has introduced a plug-in for popular Web browsers that will check online work for AP Style and scan for other errors. It’s available in beta, and the full release should come in a few weeks.
AP Lingofy will allow users to have a second pair of eyes looking over “anything you write in a Web-based environment,” said Colleen Newvine, product manager for the...Read More »
Featured Topic: Style Tips
In today’s News Roundup, we look at more suggestions for rules The Associated Press Stylebook can drop, get answers to questions about The Chicago Manual of Style, and take a quiz on the AMA Manual of Style.
- “Hey, Associated Press Stylebook, Some Friendly Advice: Compare to/Compare With”: Here’s a distinction you can safely dispense with. (You Don’t Say)
- “New Questions and Answers”: What are a copyeditor’s responsibilities regarding citations? (The Chicago Manual of Style)
- “Quiz Bowl: Electronic...
Melissa Stein has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. She is an editor, a writer, and a teacher of editing and writing. She will be our instructor for Microsoft Word for the Wise on Thursday, November 14.
How did you get into publishing and how did it lead to your current position, Melissa?
Right out of college, I got an internship at Running Press Book Publishers in Philadelphia. They offered me an editorial position, and I stayed there for three years, learning the ropes. After that was grad school, then an editor job for a couple years at a San Francisco think tank, and I’ve been...Read More »
Sensual started out as a neutral word meaning related to the senses, but it soon became associated with negative behavior. Today, it is difficult to use the word without implying something sexual, according to all my dictionaries and a Google search best not performed at work.
Dictionaries say the preferred word for simply relating to the senses is sensuous, although that is hardly a neutral term in practice. Sensory, which was used in a scientific or medical sense in the 18th century, seems to be the best choice for an effect on the senses, but not necessarily a positive one. Think sensory overload.
The root word sense covers the means by which we perceive things and also our understanding of a thing. Sensual is first...Read More »
Featured Topic: Freelancing
In today’s News Roundup, we look at a different approach to freelancing, how to increase your profits, and how to ask for business advice from another pro.
- “What Is New Mutualism?”: There’s another way to approach freelancing besides sitting alone in your home office. (Freelancers Union)
- “How to Make More Money in Your Freelance Business”: Offer specialized services, and three other ways to increase your business’s bottom line. (LibroEditing)
- “Five Tips for Asking for Editorial Business Advice Over the Phone”: When you’ve asked another pro...
In her acceptance speech for the 2013 Giller Prize, Lynn Coady called the honour “shocking and overwhelming.” The Canadian literary award was given to Lynn’s short story collection Hellgoing published by House of Anansi Press. Rather than being a tidy collection of stories about comfortable feelings, Alex Good’s review in Quill and Quire commented that “Coady makes us feel every bit of her characters’ confusion and discomfort. Coady deliberately leaves the human...Read More »
This might be turning into a hobby for news-watchers: When breaking news happens, head first to Twitter and check out the misinformation. Another gunman opened fire last week, this time at Los Angeles International Airport, and an incredible story followed: The former head of the National Security Agency was dead in the shooting.
Michael Hayden is alive, and the tweet that inspired the story was a hoax, created by someone behind an account deliberately created to deceive.
Toronto’s Globe and Mail gave its stamp of authenticity to the report, publishing it both in a tweet and on its website. It was duped by a Twitter account featuring the logo and look...Read More »
Featured Topic: Editorial Methods
How do you do that thing that you do? Here are three approaches to three common editing problems.
- “Editing Tip of the Week: Strategies for Splitting Long Sentences”: Three methods for wrestling long sentences down to size. (Expert Edge)
- “Business of Editing: One Pass, Two Pass(es)”: You’ve copyedited the manuscript once. Do you edit it a second time? A third? (An American Editor)
- “Zeroes and Ones, Part Two”: A real-life lesson in how to fact-check numbers. (10 Minutes Past Deadline)
For Who the Bell Tolls is a new grammar and style guide by David Marsh, production editor of Britain’s Guardian newspaper and coauthor of the paper’s publicly available style guide. Clearly the book comes out of Marsh’s work at The Guardian, reflecting many of the rules in the paper’s style guide.
This isn’t the snobby or stilted approach you might find associated with some other newspaper styles. Marsh’s advice helps craft writing that sounds natural and is clear and concise.
The first chapter, “Wages in Syntax,” lays out the author’s approach to language. He writes that language conservatives have been with us for centuries and “...Read More »
Featured Topic: Usage and Style
Today’s News Roundup covers an outdated style rule, a coming-of-age usage rule, and new court ruling with an uncommon word.
- “Hey, Associated Press Stylebook, Some Friendly Advice: No. 1”: Time to clean out the garage and dump this style rule. (You Don’t Say)
- “They: A Singular Pronoun”: The Usage Panel is coming round to the idea of singular they. (The American Heritage Dictionary)
- “Don’t Tread on Me”: There’s an important distinction between trammel and trample. (Language...