Apr 22

Editing Multi-contributor Collections

When editing writing compiled from dozens of people, an editor needs to play the role of choir conductor, bringing the voices together for a consistent sound. Dimitra Chronopoulos gives us some tips in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com today. Why don’t I call them writers or authors? Because that doesn’t seem a fitting title for those sending …

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Apr 21

Editing Visual Components

Visuals aren’t just those pretty things that push the words aside. Graphs, charts, diagrams, photos, and other illustrations help readers make sense of complex ideas. They help the reader orient to the text, and address visual and spacial learners that might be left behind by words alone. Editors at various stages of manuscript development and …

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Apr 20

Edit Disturbing Stories Without Trauma

“Sometimes you have to edit disturbing topics, and they can get to you.” Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com I share tips journalists use to mitigate these effects, from the advice of Gavin Reese in the Verification Handbook. #emjo “Pay attention to your reactions. You may not even know that a subject will disturb you until …

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Apr 17

LOTW 16, 2015

My pick of the web for the week ending April 17, 2015. [View the story “LOTW 16, 2015″ on Storify]

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Apr 15

Writers to Honour Canadian Editors

Best Editor is an award given annually by the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada. Learn more in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com today. Nominations close April 27th and are open to non-PWAC members.

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Apr 13

How to Ask a Client to Fill in for Delays

Today I talk about squeezing more work from a delayed client without sounding whiny, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Thanks to Amy Schneider — freelance editor at www.featherschneider.com — who provided the sage script.

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Apr 09

Rites of Canadian Spring (Vocabulary)

I explain a few rites of Canadian spring vocabulary today, in my special vocabulary post at Copyediting.com.

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Apr 08

Canadian Punctuation with Periods, Eh?

Full stop, point, period, dot, or not—using punctuation the Canadian way. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Apr 06

How to Recover from an Editing Mistake

I have talked before about how to overcome the worry of not being good enough (and here) and I have talked extensively about the verifiable fact that we are only human. Today I’m talking about how to recover from a mistake, keep the client happy, and regain your confidence, in my How To column at …

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Apr 01

(When) You Need Permission

You need to ask permission—almost always—to use pictures or words that are not your own creation. It doesn’t matter what the use is unless you are a reporter, making a parody, or critiquing the material. Just ask, and stop arguing. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I mention a very few exceptions to the …

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