Oct 31

LOTW Oct 25–31

This week’s roundup of scary internet stuff for publications people and science types (lots of science this time):   invention of the equals sign — someone had to the difficulty in catching your own typos the future of the book why ebooks don’t cost less (7 on that one!) suggestions for outlining what you want …

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Oct 30

Tips for Word’s Reviewing Pane and Comments

Two tech tips for you today, for working with Word’s tracked changes. One relating to comment balloons, and the other for simplifying the reviewing pane to reduce your stress level while simultaneously boosting your confidence.     And here is something you can do to relieve the stress of seeing just how many changes are …

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Oct 29

Essential Tech for the Editor’s Office

A shopping list of essential technology for the modern editor’s office, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. This expands on last week’s post about “essential” stationery.       Photo by Paul Inkles used under CC BY-2.0 license. 

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Oct 28

Best Practices for the Structure of Social Media Posts

Place the Five Ws Above the Fold Where does the social media post get cut off by a “read more” tag? You want the what, when, where, who, and why to appear above that point — in that order. This is no place for witty introductory text. Your online audience is skimming these social media feeds at …

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Oct 27

7 Ways to Get Style Sheet Buy-in

Seven tactics you can use to get buy-in for house style, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com. How do you get buy-in? Does it even matter? What are your negotiable style points and which will you defend to the top of the mountain?       Photo by John Morgan used under CC …

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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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