Nov 21

LOTW Nov 15–21

This week’s roundup of internet stuff and things for publications and science types (with some nothing-but-fun thrown in for balance): why dangling modifiers aren’t a problem ACES chat about estimating an edit and red flags (warning signs) ebook publishing options a brief history of (tech) failure Postmodern Jukebox — genre adaptations of pop songs. Fun, …

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Nov 20

QA Trick for File Names

I just discovered something so simple and effective that my jaw literally dropped. To proof file names (or create a list for transmittal):   Open your file browser (Finder or My Documents) Select all files (? + a) Copy using ? + c (ctrl + c for Windows users) Open a blank text file. Word will …

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Nov 19

Multi-platform Publishing Jobs at The Walrus

The Walrus Foundation is hiring a full-time copyeditor and full-time editorial fellows for the multi-platform range of products that come out of their office in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.  

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Nov 18

5 Steps for Effective Outlining in Non-fiction

Not only can outlining help lubricate your writing, it can save you huge time and effort (by avoiding unnecessary writing and by helping you focus) and can get buy-in from key players and users you consult along the way (and who may have ultimate approval of what you write). Follow these steps to get an outline you …

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Nov 17

Editorial Triage for Maximum Effect in Minimum Time

The thing that is hard for some of us (editors) to accept is that some of the things that drive us crazy aren’t noticed by anyone but other editors. Tips for editorial triage: when time (or money) is tight, make the changes that make the biggest difference. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   Photo by …

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Nov 14

LOTW Nov 8–14

This week’s roundup of internet stuff and things for publications and science types: something I copyedited got noticed by the cool kids of the interwebs the language of beauty packaging is in code book launches are old-school marketing you should forget MS Office free for iOS plain language is recommended to help keep us safe when …

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Nov 13

A Colour Hack to Sharpen Your Editing Eyes

Changing the background colour of your document can trick your brain into seeing the words in a whole new way. People with reading disabilities (such as dyslexia) have had great success with this hack. To change the colour, you can use a sheet of coloured acetate coloured glasses background colour of the onscreen doc a …

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Nov 12

Canadian Copyright Primer

Easily digestible chunks and sections on tracking down rights holders make this primer on Canadian copyright law a valuable addition to the editor’s shelf. Read more of my review in today’s Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com.  

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Nov 10

How to Accept Less Than Your Best

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Rolling in a heap of money helps one cope. Consider adding an aggravation fee. Out of time or out of money, just two of the reasons to do less than your best: today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Nov 07

LOTW Nov 1–7

This week’s roundup of internet stuff for gangbangin’ publications playaz and science mofos:   a plea for science communication diagramming sentences 12-steps of editing resources for memoirists feelings wheel for vocabulary selection plagiarism checker reviews dropping feathers and a bowling ball in a vacuum an (animated) transverse journey through the body foshizzleator All About the Base, No …

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