Apr 23

Writing off finder’s fees & 2 extra months to file tax returns — freelancing tax tips

Finder’s fees count as an advertising expense, and a June 30 filing deadline for Canadian freelancers’ income tax returns. This, in the Canadian, Eh? column on today’s Copyediting.com.  

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Apr 21

How to column on Copyediting.com (keyboard shortcuts for selecting text)

Today I start writing another weekly column at Copyediting.com. It covers tech tips to make your editing more efficient, effective, and (ultimately) profitable, and (occasionally) some interpersonal stuff for dealing with, you know, the humans. The How To posts appear Mondays at noon, eastern. Keyboard shortcuts for selecting text in Word are today’s topic. This …

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Apr 16

Write Off Conference Costs—Tax Tip for Canadian Freelancers

It’s tax season in Canada, and if there is one thing I’ve learned from talking to other freelancers, it’s that we do not take full advantage of the income tax write offs we are entitled to. This week on the Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I look at writing off conference costs. Photo by Theodore …

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Apr 11

On-screen productivity tips—Best links for editors this week

This here very podcast was included in this week’s roundup from the Proofreader’s Parlour. Always a great source of content. I’m proud to be in their company, and to have Louise as a fan.   A roundup of some of my favourite shortcuts and productivity advice for editing on-screen. I hadn’t realized Carol had written …

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Apr 10

5 tips for editing your own work

5 tips for refreshing your editing eyes are covered in this episode, an adaptation of Adrienne’s post on copyediting.com. While originally written for editors, these tips can help writers editing their own writing too; they are ways to trick your eyes into seeing what is actually there rather than what your mind thinks should be there. …

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Apr 09

Simperial volume

Simperial volume, today, on the Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. This is the second half of last week’s podcast, in print version. Perhaps this will be the last post in my series about converting measurements for a Canadian audience, because we use a mixture of metric (a.k.a. SI units) and imperial measures here in Canada but …

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Apr 04

Grammar tweets, other links

Grammar Tweets from Queen’s U Get grammar tips from the Principal of Queen’s University, via Twitter. Also, he is one of those people breaking all the rules. Meaning, his posts are not related to his “brand” as you might think of it; they’re about grammar! And, his posts span several tweets. It’s not unusual for his …

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Apr 02

Simperial Spring Cupcakes

I think some Canadians hold tight to Fahrenheit temperatures because it lets them say it’s been above zero for a month now. Converting temperature measures for Canadians, and when not to; it’s simperial — over on the Copyediting.com blog today. It’s also the topic of today’s podcast. That and cooking measures. Press play below or subscribe to have …

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Mar 28

Awarding collegial generosity, picking your POV, tackling dialect, & how long it takes to make a living editing

Some weeks have more than their share of great content. This week, I’ve got two links for writers and two for editors.   POV: omniscience or head-hopping? This post helps you tell the difference between head-hopping and truly omniscient point of view in your writing. Certain POV are favoured in certain genres. It’s good to know …

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Mar 26

Simperial weights — converting units of measure in Canada

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Though I’d much rather announce “I weigh 70 kg,” metric hasn’t entirely stuck in Canada. We use a simperial system that I’ve been writing about lately. An editor adapting a text needs to know when pounds should be used instead of kilograms. Converting weights, today on the Copyediting.com blog. And yes, I do weigh more than the …

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