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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...Read More »
- “The Business of Editing: Do You Tell? Ethical Considerations & Subcontracting”: The ethics conversation continues with the question of whether you need to tell clients when you subcontract a job. (An American Editor)
- “3 Things Freelance Pros Do at the End of a Gig”: Double-check that you’ve completed everything in your contract. Plus two more tips. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “Ten Ideas to Help You Find Work as a Proofreader”: Do you network at local business groups or sign up to directories? (SfEP Blog)
“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.”
That’s what Peter says he learned from editing the award-winning poetry book by Kimmy Beach: ...Read More »
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 ...
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- 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...
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,...Read More »
Can you be combulated while working at your standing desk? That would be so fun! Find out in today’s News Roundup.
- “Getting “Discombobulated” on Lexicon Valley”: Do you often wonder if you can be combobulated? Here’s the answer. (Vocabulary.com)
- “Is ‘So Fun’ Ready for Prime Time?”: Is fun a predicate adjective or an attributive adjective? How should copyeditors use it? (The Grammarphobia Blog)
- “New Words - 28 July 2014”: Don’t just stand around: check out new words standing desk, reshoring, and step-in. (About Words)
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...Read More »
Editors are used to phrasing diplomatic queries. Nearly everyone has interacted with an author who sees every suggestion as a personal attack. But it can be even harder to edit some authors’ words: those written by the CEO, the Principal, your boss, or the “foremost authority on X,” for example. How do you tell “the most important person” that their prose need major revision?
Those Very Important People are less likely to be used to criticism. And though their abilities have brought them into a position of great respect and influence, those abilities probably aren’t related to writing. Writing is hard; and it’s a completely different skillset that they may not have cultivated.
Inconsistencies, infelicities, libel, atrocious grammar, racist colloquialisms, and plagiarism...Read More »
by Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS
We freelance editors like to think we can avoid many issues that staff editors must deal with. But two issues we can’t sidestep are the need to document our actions on each project and the need to manage the discussion when we are mistakenly blamed for project problems. Yes, sometimes we are at fault, but that’s a topic for another column.
How You Should Document
If you document everything you do during a project, you can use your records to stay on track as you go. You can also use them later to jog your memory, to determine ways to improve your work processes, and even to defend your reputation if a client incorrectly believes that you are at...Read More »
Farmers markets, garden plots, window boxes -- summer produce is beginning to appear everywhere you look. If you’re among those who have put in the labor to nurse fruits and vegetables into existence or to search out the best of summer’s bounty in the markets and shops, may you be blessed with the best basketfuls of produce. And only as many of your neighbor’s cucumbers and zucchinis as you want.
To correctly solve our bountiful Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: moderate]:Read More »