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Featured Topic: Style Changes
If the Gray Lady can accept email, can the AP accept over for use with numerals? Plus, the Canadian Press Stylebook gets an update.
- “Hey, Associated Press Stylebook, Some Friendly Advice: Over/More Than”: Will AP finally get rid of this zombie rule? (You Don’t Say)
- “From E-mail to Email: Dropping Hyphens Like They’re Hot”: The Gray Lady accepting email is only the latest example. (Time)
- “Q&A: James McCarten on the New Canadian Press Stylebook”: The...
I’ve never thought of myself as a Halloween enthusiast. A quick look at the posts I’ve written for Copyediting over the last couple of years, however, reveals the truth. I’m a sucker for fantasy, phantasmagoria, and even a good old-fashioned frightening now and then. The proof:
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Until you’ve explored several usage guides and dictionaries, it can be hard to appreciate how a simple word can have many nuanced meanings over its lifetime.
The word appreciate, as used above, means be aware of. It can mean value or be grateful for. With an object, it means to increase in value. We’d like a word to have a meaning and stick to it, but that’s not always the way our language works.
The root is the Latin pretium, or price. The earliest use of the word, recorded in the sixteenth century, meant to set a price on something, the same as appraise. In the seventeenth century, appreciate was used to suggest recognition that a thing had value, and in the eighteenth century it meant...Read More »
“Do vampires wear snow suits?” I wonder as I suit my kid up for some door-to-door trick-or-treating.
“If the author decides that vampires are virtually indestructible, we shouldn't see one wearing a parka,” responds Vanessa Ricci-Thode, a freelance editor and author who specializes in genre fiction. “Unless the vampire is dressing the part to fit in,” she adds.
Fantasy and horror present special challenges to the copyeditor. With made up worlds, made up rules of order, and well-known cultural allusions and intertextual references, a copyeditor has to work extra hard to keep it all consistent. We don’t want readers jarred out of the story by factors that don’t...Read More »
Featured Topic: Scary Words
When your authors hand you their favorite stories about Halloween-related words today, don’t be scared. Check them against the articles in today’s News Roundup. Happy Halloween!
- “12 Style Tips for Halloween”: Goose bumps or goosebumps? Halloween or Hallwe’en? It might depend on which dictionary you follow. (American Copy Editors Society Blog)
- “Our Favorite Witchy Words”: Do you know the connections badmouth and fly-by-night have to Halloween? (The Week)
- “The Jack-O’-Lantern and the Will-O’-...
If you say “Grenada” and I say “Granada,” we had better check to make sure we’re talking about the same place.Read More »
Featured Topic: The Editing Life
Today’s News Roundup tells you how to stand before people with more confidence, how to quit gracefully, and how to specialize your business.
- “The 4 Ways You Can Use Body Language To Influence Success”: Don’t be the editor who hides behind a screen or a book. Be more confident when you speak. (99u)
- “How to Quit Gracefully: 4 Tips for the Consummate Professional”: Once you’ve given your notice, work even harder until you leave. Plus three more tips for not burning bridges. (oDesk)
- “The Most Lucrative Ways to Specialize”: Seven ideas for...
Last week I received an email asking me to bid on a copyediting project. The author had self-published three novels previously and just wasn’t happy with the editing. English is her second language, and the previous copyeditor had failed to make her sound like a native speaker.
The author said she’d found my profile on a reputable directory website. Her website is written in a similar voice to her email and puts her books front and center. The books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and the snippets do reveal books that could have been edited better.
At first glance, the opportunity sounded good. But copyeditors in business for themselves shouldn’t stop at first glances. A couple things made me pause. First, I don’t have a profile on the website the author...Read More »
Featured Topic: Social Media Tips
Whether you’re using social media to find a new job or new client, you need to approach the project with a plan. Today’s News Roundup helps you create that plan.
- “LinkedIn: Best Practices Guide for Serious Lead Seekers”: When you’re looking for work or clients on LinkedIn, use these 10 ideas for building a better network. (Social Media Today)
- “20+ Tips to Ensure You Never Run Out of Interesting Facebook Content Ideas”: Put one of these ideas to work today to engage your followers. (Search Engine Journal)
- “Goodbye SEO, Hello SMO (Social...
Education Development Center (EDC) is looking for a senior writer/editor/researcher to join its information services team at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in the Boston area. Founded in 1958, EDC now employees around 1700 people worldwide. It is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission: to improve lives by providing learning opportunities. EDC focuses on education, health, and international development, and has programs in 30 countries and all 50 states. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), in EDC’s health and human development division, provides materials, training, and technical assistance for organizations and professionals working in suicide prevention. SPRC...Read More »