Oct 24

LOTW, Oct 18–24

It was a crazy week for most of us, it seems: too much work, many snafus, and no time to share what’s awesome. So, there’s just two publication-related links this week: using trademarked terms in your writing, and design principles (with TED talk). But there’s also winning the internets via book reviews (of a title consisting …

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Oct 23

Music to Edit By

Music can help or hinder your editing, get genre and source recommendations in my extra post on Copyediting.com today. Plus, you won’t believe what I listen to.       Photo by Fe Ilya used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Oct 23

Simple Hack to Paste New Images Into a PDF

Need to show the designer what the new image will be and where it should go? This quick demo shows you how to get a screen shot into a PDF using the stamp feature in the free Adobe Reader XI software. This process works in the paid Standard or Pro versions as well. I’ve used …

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Oct 22

Editor’s Office Supply Essentials

Get a printable, annotated shopping list of copy editing essentials in my Canadian, Eh? post today on Copyediting.com. Take it to the office manager to prove that you really do need those off-the-approved-list pens. Or, send her this handy Amazon list and she can just click “buy.”   Go, close your office door, and take …

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Oct 21

How to Pick the Right Editor for Your Project, a Printable Checklist

Why Editorial Fit is Very Important Not only is writing personal, so it’s important that your editor gets you and you’ll enjoy working closely with her for the next several weeks (or months), but the right editor understands your goal, knows what the audience needs, has the credentials and experience, is compatible with you, and can do the …

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Oct 20

2 Ways to Boost Confidence in Your Editing Skills

Sometimes the thing standing between you and your dream gig is the confidence to go for it. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I give two ways to check your own skills to become more confident in them.

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Oct 17

LOTW Oct 11–17

Awesomeness for editors from the (very busy) interwebs this week: pricing strategies and psyching out clients editorial services selection flowchart proofreader’s marks around the world book with no pictures, for kids, for the win 10,000 hours: why it’s a myth and why it hurts ghostwriting costs magazine self-publishing’s superstar falls on its sword best book …

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Oct 16

How to Manage Too Much Work — Surviving Crazy-Busy

How to manage too much work: strategies for surviving times of crazy-busy, as all feast-or-famine freelancers must, eventually. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. As a bonus for my blog readers, here are some of my suggestions for each strategy:

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Oct 16

Project Checklist & Timeline for Non-Publishers

Use this printable checklist, scheduler, and glossary to plan your publishing project and keep in on track. Includes information on how long the various stages take: manuscript development, copy editing, securing visuals, getting permissions, layout and proofreading (and more) what is done at each stage links to instant calculators and more detailed descriptions/ standards

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Oct 15

Proofreader’s Marks

Proofreaders mark up printers’ proofs with symbols to indicate corrections that need to be made. The are by no means standard. A look at what Canadians use, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.  

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