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, Oct 18–24 — October 24, 2014
  2. Music to Edit By — October 23, 2014
  3. Simple Hack to Paste New Images Into a PDF — October 23, 2014
  4. Editor’s Office Supply Essentials — October 22, 2014
  5. How to Pick the Right Editor for Your Project, a Printable Checklist — October 21, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 14 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

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).
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But there’s also winning the internets via book reviews (of a title consisting only of random numbers) and exploding a pumpkin with elastic bands.

I hope those help you laugh and regain some balance. Here’s toasting to Friday!

 

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Oct 23

Music to Edit By

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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.
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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

 

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 this extensively this month as we’ve had to replace nearly every image in a textbook and I’ve had to paste-up the new selections from the photo researcher to communicate clearly.Tweet this quote.

 

Windows Users

If you are using Windows, you’ll have to look up the shortcut for taking a screen shot or snippet (and possibly download software), and you’ll use a different program to turn your screen shot into a PDF. The “creating and placing a stamp” part is the same.Photo drawing of cat hanging from umbrella in the sky

Photo by Parée, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Oct 22

Editor’s Office Supply Essentials

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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 a minute to recharge with this list.

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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 work according to your project schedule and budget.

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Print off this checklist and use it when you’re trying to pick an editor. There are other points to consider, and a place to write notes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 20

2 Ways to Boost Confidence in Your Editing Skills

Tweet this post.photo of girl holding "I'm brave" card in front of her faceSometimes the thing standing between you and your dream gig is the confidence to go for it. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I give two ways to check your own skills to become more confident in them.

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Oct 17

LOTW Oct 11–17

Awesomeness for editors from the (very busy) interwebs this week:

  • pricing strategies and psyching out clients
  • editorial services selection flowchart
  • proofreader’s marks around the world
  • book with no pictures, for kids, for the win
  • 10,000 hours: why it’s a myth and why it hurts
  • ghostwriting costs
  • magazine self-publishing’s superstar falls on its sword
  • best book trailer ever: Thug Kitchen (SNFW)
  • onscreen reading patterns: mobile devices
  • software for clip hoarding (for copy-pasting)
  • plain and clear writing guides for academics
  • A to Z guide of common writing stumbles
  • what we eat: for breakfast, and around the world generally

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Oct 16

How to Manage Too Much Work — Surviving Crazy-Busy

Tweet this quote.crazy busy CE graphicHow to manage too much work: strategies for surviving times of crazy-busy, as all feast-or-famine freelancers must, eventually. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

As a bonus for my blog readers, here are some of my suggestions for each strategy:

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Oct 16

Project Checklist & Timeline for Non-Publishers

Use this printable checklist, scheduler, and glossary to plan your publishing project and keep in on track. Includes information on

  • how long the various stages take:
    • manuscript development, copy editing, securing visuals, getting permissions, layout and proofreading (and more)
  • what is done at each stage
  • links to instant calculators and more detailed descriptions/ standards

screen capture of the checklist header and glossary
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Oct 15

Proofreader’s Marks

headline marked up with some proofreaders' symbols

Tweet this quote.Proofreaders mark up printers’ proofs with symbols to indicate corrections that need to be made. The are by no means standard. A look at what Canadians use, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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