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Aug 18

There’s a mistake in my copy!

Perfection is not the realm of humans. How to help your clients understand this, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   The rest of you: re-flippin-lax. The world will not crumble because you missed that one little mistake. You are human. Now, convincing your client of this is another matter entirely. But I’d start by …

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Aug 15

Links OTW, Aug 9–15

I had a really long waiting room stay this week, so I caught up on a reading backlog. Lucky you: there’s a lot of great here! Writing for mobile & analyses of the mediums, why editing costs & what it is, synopsis & dialogue tips, ebook production, and who’s defending Canadian English, 10 years after …

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Aug 13

6 New Honorary Certified Professional Editors

  Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I recognize six members of EAC who recently got honorary certification for their work in developing the program. You might think this is just a token, but when criteria such as this win you points in a job competition, it matters. One editor I know was disqualified …

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Aug 11

When Lives Depend on the Words

  How to deal with the emotional and legal risks of working on words that could save, or cost, or even just ruin a life, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. (Tweet this)   Photo by epSos.de used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Aug 08

Links OTW, Aug 2–8

Resources I find that relate to copy editing scripts and screenplays for film, TV, video, podcast and all spoken words. There’s another post devoted to video games.

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Aug 06

Stop Quotation Mark Abuse with this Simple Test

Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I reprise and expand my advice on scare quotes. (Tweet this post by @scieditor)   Photo by Quinn Dombrowski used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

Ten telltales that will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions, or at least clean up the formatting. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   (Tweet these telltale signs by @scieditor)   Photo by the author. Credit for “lifted” text pasted on the …

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Aug 01

Links OTW July 26–Aug 1

The Jetsons as predictors of the future; honesty that spelling and formatting matter, from a journal editor; kill your darlings, no matter how big; the history of pain; and passive voice.  — The stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.   [View the story "Links OTW, July 26–Aug 1" on Storify]

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Jul 31

Video Game Narrative

photo of handheld video game

  One of the venues for the most words and storytelling today is video games. They’re prolific — in word count, in product count, in “readership.”   I’m trying to learn more about editing words in non-print contexts. This is my collection of resources I like best, building constantly as I embark on this independent study for …

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