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. 10 Ways to Word a Sensitive Query — May 24, 2016
  2. Why We “Maggie” a Doc(x) to Rescue It — May 16, 2016
  3. How to Query Plagiarism — May 9, 2016
  4. The Do-Over Edit — May 2, 2016
  5. Customize Page Numbers on a PDF using Acrobat DC — April 28, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 18 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

May 24

10 Ways to Word a Sensitive Query

“Really, again?”

“How is this even possible?”

“Huh?”

Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, we look at wording editors can use to soften their exasperation and phrase a query with the respect the writer needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/05/10-ways-to-word-a-sensitive-query/

May 16

Why We “Maggie” a Doc(x) to Rescue It

“Is that you?” Maggie Secara often gets asked. “Yeah, that’s me,” she says. “What can I say? I’ve never been a verb before.”

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Find out why you might Maggie a document, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/05/why-we-maggie-a-docx-to-rescue-it/

May 09

How to Query Plagiarism

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When an editor spots words that her writer didn’t write, she needs to flag them so that they get attributed to the right writer, and possibly seek permission to use the words. Today in my How To column on the Copyediting blog, I look at how to write those queries.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/05/how-to-query-plagiarism/

May 02

The Do-Over Edit

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Editors are in the solution business. When the boss or client complains that there are errors in the manuscript, how can an editor turn failure into success? Today, in my How To post on the Copyediting blog, I look at defining the errors and remedying the situation without being a mind reader or losing your mind over differences of opinion.

 

failure + success crossroads signs

 

Image by Chris Potter at Stockmonkeys.com, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/05/the-do-over-edit/

Apr 28

Customize Page Numbers on a PDF using Acrobat DC

When your file doesn’t start on page 1, it is helpful to have the PDF show you the absolute page numbering, not the relative page number in that file. Such customization is particularly helpful for indexing and other page-number-sensitive markup that editors do. If the PDF is the final product (such as an ebook), renumbering is also a service to readers.

Here’s one way to do it (in pictures):

  1. Open the pages panel on the left side. Right click a page to open the menu shown, then click Page Labels.thumbnails menu, Acrobat DC
  2. Enter the page number you want it to start at in the last field (shown). Note that you can renumber all pages, from the start, or just a few pages. Pages can also be numbered in Roman or Arabic numerals, or labelled alphabetically. You can even add a chapter prefix.renumbering pages dialog, Acrobat DC
  3. See the renumbered pages in the bar across the top of the window, and in the numbering below the thumbnails.

renumbered PDF pages example, Acrobat DC

 

*You need the full Acrobat program to customize the page numbering on a PDF. The Reader version does not have this function.

See this earlier post for instructions on using Acrobat 9, X, or XI to customize PDF page numbers.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/04/customize-page-numbers-on-a-pdf-using-acrobat-dc/

Apr 25

Correct Facts without Insult

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There’s a factual flub in the copy. Today, find tips on how to query factual errors without insulting the writer, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/04/correct-facts-without-insult/

Apr 18

Defending Your Edits

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Having to answer to an untrained critic is one of the most ire-inducing things an editor can be asked to do. Today, in my column at Copyediting.com, I talk about how to not defend your edits.


Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

boxer with fighting face

 

Photo by Gabriel Delgado, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/04/defending-your-edits/

Apr 11

Increase Productivity with Multiple Views

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Open multiple views into a single document. I show you how today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Works in Word, Excel, Acrobat, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/04/increase-productivity-with-multiple-views/

Apr 05

How to Handle (Stage) Print Fright

Print fright is a sister to both imposter syndrome and stage fright. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com I look at the symptoms and treatment of this most common publishing ailment.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/04/how-to-handle-stage-print-fright/

Mar 29

How to Fit Copy After Layout

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Sometimes the words just don’t fit. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at some easier ways to cut words after layout. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/03/how-to-fit-copy-after-layout/

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