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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Right, Wrong, and Risky: An Unpretentious Usage Guide

I love the serendipity that can happen in a library. Passing by stacks a few weeks ago, I found Right, Wrong, and Risky by Mark Davidson displayed prominently on an endcap. Here was a usage book, that although not new, I hadn’t heard of. The cover looked smart, so I scooped it up, hoping what was inside was just as smart.

Davidson offers three quotes in his front matter:

“The greatest possible merit of style is, of course, to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought.”—Nathanial Hawthorne

“The greatest problem about communication is the illusion that is has been accomplished.”—George Bernard Shaw*

“[Language] is...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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05/20/14 News Roundup: Publishing Trends

Catch up on trends in publishing in today’s News Roundup. We’ll look at questions like: What’s the copyeditor’s role in digital publishing? Should we make use of Creative Commons? How can you best guide your self-publishing authors?

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:40am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Featured Job Post: Manuscript Editor for ‘Arthritis Care & Research’

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is seeking a manuscript editor to join its Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) division in Atlanta, Georgia. ACR represents more than 9,400 professionals who specialize in rheumatology. It offers support via education, research, and advocacy. It’s publications include Arthritis & Rheumatology, The Rheumatologist, and Arthritis Care & Research (published by ARHP).

The manuscript editor will edit and copyedit manuscript, format and size tables and illustrations, and proofread page proofs for ...

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Three Steps to Stating Your Rate with Confidence

“Do others get that feeling, an intense discomfort about talking about money, plus a little voice that says, Surely they won't believe I'm worth that?" That’s what my pal and colleague Jo wants to know.

Picture Jo’s example: “you are having a great discussion with a potential client about a very interesting project. You make a couple of suggestions that they agree with and a couple more that they really like; and they just love your suggestion about showing how you would work. And then comes the pit in your stomach when they ask, What is your hourly rate?”

My advice is: fake it 'til you make it, dear. It took me years to be able to say "my husband" without feeling awkward. The more you say [awkward thing], the easier it gets. I know you are worth your rate. You’...

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:40am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Russell Daily News, May 17, 1954; photos of integration

Just before the turn of the twentieth century, Homer Plessy, a U.S. citizen of white and black ancestry, was arrested for refusing to move from the whites-only car of a Louisiana train. Plessy and his lawyers used the case to challenge segregation laws. The laws were upheld. The decision given in the U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson confirmed that “separate but equal” would be a protected legal doctrine for decades.

Nearly 60 years after Plessy v. Ferguson, a group of parents in Topeka, Kansas, filed a suit that led to the overturn of that ruling. The landmark case that was the...

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 10:40am
Mark Allen
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Partnership Boosts Chances for Professional Development

Just before Canadian copyeditors get together for a national conference in Toronto in a few weeks, two major copyediting professional organizations announced a partnership that will offer their members more chances for training and networking. The American Copy Editors Society and the Editors’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs are allowing members of either organization to attend each other’s national training conferences at the discounted member rate.

That means the 1,000 US-based members of ACES should check to make sure their passports are up to date and head to Toronto on June 6 for the EAC...

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Editing, News
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:52am
Mark Allen
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A Spelling Advisory: Either Way is Fine

I learned in high school that adviser is one who advises and Advisor was the name of the local weekly newspaper.

Reality is less clear. Adviser remains the more common spelling in edited text, but that may have more to do with editors than language. Most authorities say either way is fine, and style guides tend to come down on the side of adviser. The Associated Press Stylebook advises simply: “not advisor.”

I know of one internal style guide that says use adviser for an individual and advisor for a financial advisory firm. I thought that must be the most capricious stylebook entry I’d seen, but there may be some basis for it....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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05/15/14 News Roundup: Freelancing

Today’s News Roundup answers some big questions for copyediting freelancers: How should I charge? Does my website work? What do I need to do to market myself?

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Verifying Canadian Plant Facts

Daffodils are popping up all throughout my neighbourhood. Wait, are those daffodils? They’re a bit small and, boy, are they aromatic! I think they may be narcissus.

Now, of course, Google will probably tell me what they are if I do an image search; it’s rather spectacular at finding the thing that I describe in its search field. There’s also this handy and authoritative tool put out by the Government of Canada: http://www.plantsofcanada.info.gc.ca/.

Fiction editors, journalists, and non-fiction editors can use the Plants of Canada database to verify distribution and biology facts about the flowers, not just their names. Entering “narcissus” into the “common name” search field on the main page told me that the...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 9:42am
Mark Allen
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I'll Make My Own Misteaks, Thank You

I finally reached the point where I’ve turned off Apple’s autocorrect feature. It was sometimes helpful and sometimes at least humorous having my operating system suggest changes to words I misspelled or unusual words I spelled correctly. But the final straw was when an incorrect change to a word in a subject line sent to a copyediting client, something I didn’t notice until the next day.

I usually use Apple’s Pages for writing these blog entries, and every time I write about a common misspelling, the program goes ahead and corrects it for me. Sometimes I have to engage in battle with my word processor to allow an incorrectly spelled word. 

I struggled with my phone the other day when my sister sent me a text with what I took to be a...

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