When you sell “correcting” services, it's easy to be seen as judgmental. But editors know they are imperfect too. Come see the lighter side of editors and unburden yourself anonymously.
A new confession site was set up by editors in Canada, inviting anonymous submissions from editors everywhere around the world. Inspired by a popular librarian confessional site, Editor Sins was set up as a place to come clean, reveal your soft underbelly, and laugh with colleagues.
Each post consists of a handwritten confession, photographed so that they obscure the face of the guilty editor. Other than the handwriting and the occasional peeking eye, posts are anonymous.
When your first goal is “do no harm,” knowing your own weaknesses is a head start. The best editors know exactly where they need to check themselves.
Some of the selections already there:
- I mistook vice for vise.
- I can’t stop offering people a sneak peak.
- Sometimes I forget how to spell common words like “their.”
- I made a newbie mistake in a style guide and the client still uses it 14 years later.
Some confessionals we expect to see soon:
- I misspelled “diploma” in a headline of The Globe and Mail. (From today!)
- I reused a jacket template and forgot to change the bar code.
- I let “her long back hair” slip through.
- I confuse lose and loose, chose and choose.
- I misspelled government on the minister’s podium.
- I insisted on a large print run for the “pubic school” program brochure.
- I didn’t know what a skink was, so I changed them all to skunks.
- I don’t understand how to use a semicolon, so I edit them out.
How perfect can an editor be? 95%. Read more about error rates in editing, or listen to the podcast version.