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. Editor’s Office Supply Essentials — October 22, 2014
  2. How to Pick the Right Editor for Your Project, a Printable Checklist — October 21, 2014
  3. 2 Ways to Boost Confidence in Your Editing Skills — October 20, 2014
  4. LOTW Oct 11–17 — October 17, 2014
  5. How to Manage Too Much Work — Surviving Crazy-Busy — October 16, 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. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

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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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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

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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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Oct 14

Even Wordsmiths Need a Stylus

What is a stylus mouse

Wacom stylus and touch mouse padYou probably know you can use a stylus on your iPad or touchscreen phone. There are stylus that work like a mouse for your computer, too. To make a stylus interact with your computer, usually you have to use it on a special mouse pad — the tablet part of the pair.

Artists are the most common users of stylus mice, as they use the fine tip and pressure sensitivity to draw and manipulate images.

Why use a stylus for your computer

  • To avoid repetitive strain injury — they need a lighter touch and no finger clicking.
  • To make precise marks such as proofreaders marks on a PDF.
  • To sketch art samples for the designer, for your art manuscript.
  • To avoid wasting your life finding then hauling the pointer around, because the surface is mapped to match you screen. No more where’s-the-mouse, drag-the-mouse-where-you-need-it, now click it, nonsense. Just touch the mouse pad at the corresponding spot and do your thing.

When my stylus was dead for that one week before I replaced it, I can’t tell you how frustrating I found the slide-slide-slide-slide-click process. Hours of my life, I tell you: gone!

Options

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  • Genius pen mouse — This wireless optical mouse had great appeal because it could be used on any surface and cost only $50 with shipping. Sadly it is PC only and was so leggy on my Mac (with no driver support) that I started looking for ways to use my keyboard more.
  • Wacom pen+tablet+touch pad — Several varieties: from the small-surfaced utilitarian Bamboo at $70, to the huge screen-surfaced, makes-you-coffee-afterward Cintiq at $3756.
    The multi-touch gestures on this pad mean that you have, in effect, a dozen gestural shortcuts built in and about 15 customizable actions too. (video demo)
  • And a bunch of others I’ve never heard of.

What I use

desk setup of dual screens and touch/stylus pad on standing desk arrangemetnHaving just replaced my ten-year-old Wacom Intuos 3 stylus-tablet with 11 programmable buttons and 8×5” writing surface, I can tell you that I couldn’t be happier with the Wacom medium stylus+touch tablet. Now I don’t have to pick up the pen for every move; I can just tap my finger. I feel like a super hero. (If only the touch were mapped too. But it has gestures! With about 15 customizable actions! So I’ll deal.)

This new tablet cost half as much as the old one ($200). It still has 7 programmable buttons (or clickable things). It’s maybe a little too precise for me, or else I need to smooth out my writing more. The only place I write these days is on screen. My penmanship has basically gone all doctor.

 

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Oct 10

LOTW Oct 4–10

Awesomeness for editors from the interwebs this week:

  • A pop music video about books,
  • an extensive roundup of marketing advice for freelancers,
  • proper nouns for baby animals,
  • understanding the deep web (and how it’s unstoppable),
  • tips for editing web content,
  • how to be a social media superstar,
  • the case in favour of democratizing language, even homogenization, and
  • detecting fake videos with science, bitch!

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Oct 08

Why Editing Matters in Self-Publishing

Cover of Clare Marshall’s YA novel _Dreams in Her Head_, that is shortlisted for a Canadian self-publishing award.Today, for my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I spoke with award nominee Clare Marshall about self-publishing her shortlisted YA scifi title Dreams in Her Head. Read the rest of this entry »

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