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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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06/03/14 News Roundup: Publishing Industry Update

Digital tools have disrupted publishing industry. How are academic and news publishing—and their copyeditors—coping? Not well, it seems.

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 2:04pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Featured Job Post: Senior Copy Editor, Remote or In-House, for Prologis

Prologis is seeking a senior editor to join its global team, working remotely or from one of its offices in the United States. Prologis, a member of the S&P 500 with headquarters in San Francisco and Denver, is a commercial real estate company that specializes in global distribution and logistics facilities. It owns around 3000 industrial properties in 21 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

The senior editor will edit, style, and fact-check financial, marketing, news, and research materials distributed to customers and investors around the world.

This full-time, remote position requires a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field; 8 years of editing and proofreading...

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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10 Tips to Fight the Slog

With sunny summer days upon us and the patio calling, we’re about to hit a period when it might be harder to concentrate at your desk. Whether you’re trying to check the same words for the hundredth time or just not feeling it today, there comes a time in every editor’s career when she needs a new strategy to make it to the end of the document. 

1.     Take a break.

Really. Editing is hard, demanding, and often thankless. If you don’t feel the need to attack the day with a style sheet, maybe you should weed the garden or perfect your crème brûlée instead. Maybe build a robot minion.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:35pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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A helpful kitteh points out typos

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with two worthy champions: Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe. It was the first time in more than 50 years that co-champions were declared.

Although the bee was on ESPN, most of the coverage I caught was on social media. The Scripps Facebook page was active, and, on Twitter, @ScrippsBee kept the #SpellingBee hashtag filled with the play-by-play. Merriam-Webster’s @PeterSokolowski provided fun and interesting...

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:50am
Mark Allen
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AP Stylebook Keeps Changing With the Times

The newest edition of the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law came out this week, a cause for celebration among aficionados and a headache for budget-strapped newsrooms whose books are perpetually several editions old.

Those of us who subscribe online are always up to date. It’s like paying for a new edition every year, but at least we don’t have to toss the old ones in the recycling bin.

Cynics point out that changing the rules every year is a good way to sell more books. This is true, but a style guide...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 8:55am
Mark Allen
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Angelou Was A Phenomenal Woman

After author, poet, actor, singer, speaker, educator, activist and editor Maya Angelou died Wednesday at 86, one of the more obvious adjectives used to describe her was phenomenal. One of her many poems was Phenomenal Woman from 1978:

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.  

’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Phenomenal is one of those words like awesome that can be applied broadly and too...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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05/29/14 News Roundup: Freelancing Advice

Freelance editors depend strongly on successfully marketing themselves. Today’s News Roundup collects ideas to try—and some to avoid.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:23am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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When to Use the TM Symbol

Answer: When you are the one who owns the trademark. Full stop. That is the only time the ® or ™ need appear in your work. This is true in both Canada and the US.

The Chicago Manual of Style tells us “there is no legal requirement to use these symbols (® and ™), and they should be omitted wherever possible” (CMOS 8.152).

Capitalizing names that are protected by law is the end of the writer’s obligation (and by extension, the editor’s obligation), according to The Canadian Press Stylebook (CP, 16th Ed., p. 415). (They also advocate dropping creative caps; but that's another story.)

Those who think...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Two Actions That Can Lead to New Clients

No matter how long you’ve been a freelance copyeditor, you always need to be looking for new clients. It’s the nature of the work that clients come and go. Some clients are with you for years, while others last only for one project.

At a recent meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s (EFA’s) Boston chapter, we discussed two important tasks you can do that can lead to new clients: building relationships and creating an online presence. EFA members Randall Warniers and Tanya Gold presented some great information to the...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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05/27/14 News Roundup: Editing Usage Rules

Today’s News Roundup knocks down three firmly held beliefs on language usage.

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