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The National Gallery of Art is looking for a Technical Editor with editorial and managerial experience to their Washington, DC office.
The person is responsible for maintaining the master plan for the publication of approximately eighteen proposed Systematic Catalogues, of which two or three will be active at any one time, in consultation with the editor in chief and the deputy director and chief curator. The Technical Editor will also be responsible for mentoring assistant editors and preparing grant applications and follow-up reports and drafts for fiscal year budgets.
Qualified candidates will have knowledge of art history and have an understanding of various art-historical methodologies gained through an academic degree or through sustained experience in an art museum...Read More »
Now that profanity is starting to find its way into the regular news, how do we as copyeditor’s handle it?
“How do we deal with profanity in the news?” (The Editor’s Desk)
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“Michelle Ward on the Exceptions to the Rules” (One Woman Marketing)
“Using Google Plus to Boost Your Search Rankings” (Freelance Switch)
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Featured Topic: Editing the Gray Area
Copyediting is equal parts art and science. Today we explore the art: when to give in to peevers, whether to use whom, and the value—or not—of nominalizations.
- “Dumbness with No Reward”: A new blog makes a strong argument for giving in to sticklers. (Ten Minutes Past Deadline)
- “To Whom It Deeply Concerns”: While you’re thinking about sticklers, how do they feel about whom? (Macmillan Dictionary Blog)
- “Those Irritating Verbs-as-Nouns”: Transforming verbs into nouns is a natural, useful part of our language, but...
“There goes the baker with his tray, like always
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Ev'ry morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor provincial town” – Beauty and the Beast
Have you heard of the word provincial in your favorite Disney movie and...Read More »
Copyeditors are sometimes asked to do less than a copyedit on a project. We can be asked to proofread a layout instead, whether the manuscript has been copyedited already or not. It’s something we can adapt our skills to when we’re given the right information.
Proofreading comes in after the manuscript has been laid out. Because this is late in the publishing cycle, major changes are frowned upon. Among other things, proofreaders check:
Proofreaders are as concerned with the physical aspects of the document, such as size and layout, as with the text. They will correct for typos, double words, and bad word breaks, as well as for inconsistencies in usage and...Read More »
Featured Topic: Ethical and Legal Concerns
Although copyeditors don’t own the copy they edit, that doesn’t absolve us from ethical and legal concerns.
- “The Business of Editing: The Ethics of Billing”: If you charge by the hour, is it OK to bill for more hours than you worked if it’s within the client’s budget? (An American Editor)
- “Copyright 101: Useful Facts and Tips for Writers”: The copyright symbol is actually not necessary, and seven other copyright tips. (WinePress Publishing)
- “Stealing from Yourself”: The case of self-plagiarism isn’t as simple as it might first...
I was given a file to proofread and noticed it was a .PDF file. These files are not meant to be changed, so I had to find a way to track changes and make comments so the author could tell where my edits could be found within the document. A positive with tracking changes on a PDF is no other program is needed, either paid or free.
Follow these easy instructions to show track changes on a PDF:
- Go to File>Open and select the file
- Select View>Comments>Drawing Markup
- Highlight the part of text where you wish to add a mark.
- Select the tool you wish to use from the right sidebar.
- Be sure to always save your work by going to File>Save
I recommend saving the original separately from a file used to track changes...Read More »
Lessons in Mechanics
Legitimate words, word usage, style points: what lessons will you put to use today?
- “Anyhoo, It’s in the Dictionary Now”: Even lexicographers can be surprised by what they find in the dictionary. Like anyhoo. (A Thing About Words)
- “Historic vs. Historical: A History”: The two terms more similar than you might think. (The Grammarphobia Blog)
- “Questions From Users of the Manual”: Tips on using myalgia, frequently occurring, and more. (AMA Style Insider)
Is wile away a preferred or at least perfectly acceptable variation of while away or is it an error? The answer isn’t exactly simple.
If wile away is an error, it’s one that has now been around long enough to be considered mainstream and, according to the OED, was committed by both Dickens and Scott. It was introduced as early as 1796 as a substitute for while away, which preceded it by about 100 years. The transitive verb form of wile [away the time] appears, with no usage notes or cautions, in the American Heritage Dictionary as “to pass (time) agreeably” and in the...Read More »
Featured Topic: Working Freelance
Freelance editing can be an isolated way to earn a living. Where do you get advice for running your business better? Today’s articles will help you out.
- “Six Often Overlooked Ways to Evolve as a Freelancer”: Keep an eye on the next big thing, try something different, and four more tips for freelancer editors. (Freelance Switch)
- “Six Rules for Maintaining Life Balance While Freelancing”: Flexibility is great, but it has to be managed to work well. (The Freelance Strategist)
- “Why Everyone Should Register a Domain Name”: Freelance and...