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No one will take care of you like you. Today’s News Roundup offers advice on productivity and desk setups.
- “How Can You Increase Your Productivity When Working Freelance?”: Three big things you can do to be a more productive freelancer. (CareerFoundry)
- “Schedule Productivity Around Your Ebb and Flow”: We might like to always be productive, but that’s not how we’re wired. Learn to work with your natural rhythm instead of against it. (99U)
- “Why I’m (Finally) Using a Standing Desk”: And why sitting down once in a while is good, too. (Dr. Freelance)
Quotation marks are rightly used to signal spoken or quoted words. They can also be used to signal the ironic use of terms, sayings, slang or significant words or phrases, according to Editing Canadian English. [ECE, 5.27] In writing, such quotation marks are sometimes called “scare quotes.” Air quotes (that obnoxious hand signal) are what you would do to signify this when speaking to a friend.
However: if you’re getting carpal tunnel when acting out the quote marks, there may be too many of them. ...Read More »
Ah, the carefree, creative life of the freelancer! While others are working in cubicle farms, driving through rush-hour traffic, and sitting through interminable meetings, freelancers are setting their own hours, working in their pajamas, and choosing their projects. What’s not to love?
I’ve been working as a freelance editor and writer for the better part of the past 20 years, and yes, there’s a great deal in it to love. And a great deal in it to hate. Just like, I suspect, every other job in the world.
So I’m going to join you every week and talk about freelancing: the good, the bad, the difficult, and the wonderful. I’ll give you some pointers on starting or developing your own freelance business, answer any questions you have about freelancing, and share experiences,...Read More »
I’m currently reading Essays of E. B. White. In “Letter from the East,” written in 1975, I found this:
Then, in a sentence that followed along naturally, he used the phrase “viable alternative,” and I marveled at how quickly he had learned the language of government. Longley likes the word “input” and on taking office accepted a $15,000 input to his salary.
Naturally I recognized viable alternative and input as jargon words, in both politics and business. What stopped me was that White was complaining about them in 1975. Surely the terms were more recent than that?
Linguist Arnold Zwicky has a term...Read More »
In today’s News Roundup, we study the language of others to improve our own.
- “It’s Not Bad. (Emphasizing with Negatives in English)”: Whether in the manuscript or in your queries, litotes can soften the blow. (About Words)
- “Folks, It’s Torture”: How the president downplayed torture while admitting to it. (Lingua Franca)
- “Does ‘Novel’ Now Mean Any Book?”: The answer might depend on your age. ()
Scholastic is seeking a copy editor to join its trade publishing team in New York City. Scholastic’s trade publishing division publishes about 600 books a year for readers under 18. Popular series and lines published by Scholastic include Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Lego, the Magic School Bus, and Star Wars.
The copy editor will copyedit and proofread short manuscripts, book cover copy, marketing copy, reprint corrections, and more; assist with editing rewritten novels; help maintain and enforce house style; and help manage the department’s list of freelancers.
This full-time, in-house position requires 2 years of copyediting experience,...Read More »
Now, now, let’s not go throwing around words like plagiarism. There could be a very innocent (or cultural) explanation of why you’ve spotted text in the manuscript that was copied from a source. I get it a lot in curriculum correlations and teacher guides because the ministry of education wording was copied from their PDF to make sure the wording was exact and the workflow was efficient.
But, BUT, even if you want to keep the verbatim text, identifying the pasted copy can alert you to the need to strip pesky formatting and background code from the selection. And, sometimes, these telltales will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions....Read More »
I long ago professed love and appreciation for the semicolon. It might not be the most useful punctuation mark, and it’s certainly not the most emphatic. But it is the most optional, and that makes it interesting.
Roy Peter Clark, the rock star of writing from the Poynter Institute, made a case for the semicolon last week in a blog post, saying he prefers the funny little mark to the tiresome dash, which seems to show up every time a writer feels a punctuation mark is needed but isn’t quite sure why.
Clark quotes his own ...Read More »
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)