Oct 01

Learning from Americans (reflections on CCC)

Learnings from the short journey south of the border for professional development at the Communication Central Conference in Rochester, NY. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Also see my two roundups of tips and resources posted on this here blog.   Photo by Susanne Nilsson used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Sep 30

Conference report: Communication Central 2014

Two roundups from the Communication Central conference. Several print and tech resources for writers and editors, as well as efficiency and business tips. These are my “take away” from #commcen2014. General Notes & Tips Resources & Efficiency Tips About the tiaras They’re editing tiaras. Don’t you have one? They turned into a silly theme which at …

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Sep 29

Stop Wasting Time on Estimates

Are you spending hours developing accurate estimates specific to a project only to hear the client say “That’s ten times what I thought I’d have to spend”? Stop it. Stop it now. Find out how, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. How do you screen clients to make sure you’re in the same ballpark? Leave …

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Sep 26

LOTW, Sept 20–26

Here’s this week’s interweb awesomeness for editors, plus some shit I just know I’m going to want to find again later. Remember when we used to use “bookmarks” to preserve such links? Back when the WWW was only a couple hundred pages?

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Sep 24

“Try this punctuation test,” she exclaimed!

A simple test for the most exciting punctuation, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. This is a retake on my previous post, in honour of the US National Punctuation Day.   Photo by Peter MacKinnon used under CC BY-2.0 license. 

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Sep 22

The Art of the Upsell

How to put “Would you like fries with that?” to work in your business without feeling like a fast-food clerk. Three-tier pricing, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   Me? I’m thinking of adding kick-in-the-pants service to my developmental and copy editing clients, since I don’t do project management. Offering developmental edits to my copy …

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Sep 21

Sidewalk-sized Spirograph

photo of sidewalk sized spirograph in action

I made a sidewalk-sized spirograph. It’s pretty off-topic as far as this site goes, but so many people asked me for the template (via Haha Bird) that I decided to post the storyline here so they could find it. So. Much. Fun. Well worth the 30 hrs work, and some more tweaking over the winter. …

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Sep 20

Archive of 2013 Copyediting posts

In honour of my 200th blog post here, I’m posting an archive of the other 29 that didn’t make on this blog yet. With this one, that means the count is up to 230 now. As for podcasts, I’ve done 27 episodes and have two more drafted — they’re part of this blog count. There …

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Sep 19

LOTW, Sept 13–19

Seems it was a slow week on the interwebs. Probably, like my authors, their noses are to the grindstone and they’re not ready to return the file to the editor. #twiddlethumbs. Still we’ve got a plagiarism identification flowchart, a chart naming all the colours, and how to write double-duty headlines (for both appeal and SEO) …

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Sep 17

Capital Style in Canada

Anarchy! Aesthetics, tradition, and readership all cited as legitimate factors in capitalization style. Have the Canadians lost it? Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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