Adrienne (scieditor)

Author's details

Name: Adrienne (scieditor)
Date registered: May 25, 2011
URL: http://www.catchthesun.net

Biography

An editor of words, mostly those in instructional materials — and mostly on technical subjects such as science.

Latest posts

  1. LOTW 13, 2015 — ACES conference edition — March 27, 2015
  2. Editing in a Digital Environment — ACES2015 — March 26, 2015
  3. How to Use a Coach for Professional Development — March 23, 2015
  4. LOTW 12, 2015 — March 20, 2015
  5. Punctuating Requests and Indirect Questions — March 18, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 16 comments
  3. How to Find Freelance Editing Work — 10 comments
  4. Thinking of a Career in Editing? — 9 comments
  5. Things I wish I had known when I started freelancing — 7 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 27

LOTW 13, 2015 — ACES conference edition

This week’s focus has been usurped by ACES, where I am presenting two sessions and meeting up with my Copyediting colleagues for the first time. So the links below are related to that, word nerds.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/lotw-13-2015-aces-conference-edition/

Mar 26

Editing in a Digital Environment — ACES2015

cover slide from digital process aces 2015

Slide Set

**To Come**

DIGITAL = PROCESS and PRODUCT

Digital: any use of computer technology

Workflow: the sequence of processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion

Digital Environment: computers are not just a tool to help with workflow, but the platform upon which all processes occur—and the product itself

What to do with an edited Word file

or… how to clean up an edited Word file for transmittal to the designer/ production

How to Mark Up Corrections on a PDF

Instructional series starting with the basics.

 

“Don’t ditch the system when things get tight.”
—Steve Dunham, Editors’ Companion

Best Practices

  • Understand what can’t vary in the workflow (e.g., no proofreading before layout)
  • Start with the end in mind (i.e., medium, user, and purpose)
  • Digital first
  • Open the files
  • Know when to stop tinkering — set limits
  • Set up file management systems — manual or automatic (including naming protocols)
  • Address/ mitigate pitfalls of “synced” files like Dropbox
  • Backup redundantly
  • Educate and orient the team to the tools, your workflow and expected processes (each time)
    • define roles and tasks, stages
  • Communicate changes with compositor’s needs in mind
    • how will they input changes and verify accuracy?
    • video recordings and chat may increase understanding
    • visual specialists may communicate better with visuals (e.g., PDF markup)
    • feedback grids/ lists of changes may be best when editing database-driven content
    • provide coaching re markup (e.g., proofreader’s symbols, how to use Track Changes)
  • Rethink the forest vs. trees (be alert to system-wide problems and limitations)
  • Adhere to systems and processes (deviating opens potholes such as getting the wrong cover on a book)
  • Use the right software for the job (especially layout and coding: InDesign, XML editors)
  • Use the mark-up and commenting tools (not in-line comments and jury-rigged methods)
  • QC in the final output medium (such as the courseware, printed page, or video game)
  • Software and computer up to date and secure from viruses

 

Presented at the ACES conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 26, 2015. With Rachel Stuckey @RachelStuckey

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/aces2015/

Mar 23

How to Use a Coach for Professional Development

Tweet this post.Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I talk about coaching as a PD option. Coaching is like mentoring, with more structure and accountability; and a coach doesn’t need to know publishing to help an editor move her skills and her career forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/how-to-use-a-coach-for-professional-development/

Mar 20

LOTW 12, 2015

Picks from the interwebs this week for my word-nerd peeps.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/lotw-12-2015/

Mar 18

Punctuating Requests and Indirect Questions

Tweet this quote.Question marks can be optional, eh? The Canadian Style (guide) shows us that sometimes questioning words are actually forming a command, request, or indirect question, contraindicating the use of a question mark. Today, in my regularly scheduled Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/punctuating-requests-and-indirect-questions/

Mar 17

Interview with a TV (Copy) Editor

Tweet this post.Today, in my extra post at Copyediting.com, I speak with Duncan McKenzie who edits words in TV and puzzles. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/interview-tv-copyeditor/

Mar 13

LOTW 11, 2015

Picks from the interwebs this week for my word-nerd peeps.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/lotw-11-2015/

Mar 11

Interview with a Custom eNewsletter Editor

Tweet this post.Cranking out 25 custom e-newsletters is the weekly job of Canadian editor Katherine Radin (pictured) over at MultiView Canada. Today, she tells me about that work for my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/interview-with-a-custom-enewsletter-editor/

Mar 09

Find a Mentor to Boost Your Career Beyond Mid- or Sr Editor

Tweet this post.Models of mentoring that will help you learn and develop your editing career from new- or mid- or even senior-level. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/find-a-mentor-to-boost-your-career-beyond-mid-or-sr-editor/

Mar 06

LOTW 10, 2015

Picks from the interwebs this week for my word-nerd peeps. The interwebs seem to have slowed down because of the heavy-snow deep freeze.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/03/lotw-10-2015/

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