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. Writing off finder’s fees & 2 extra months to file tax returns — freelancing tax tips — April 23, 2014
  2. How to column on Copyediting.com (keyboard shortcuts for selecting text) — April 21, 2014
  3. Write Off Conference Costs—Tax Tip for Canadian Freelancers — April 16, 2014
  4. On-screen productivity tips—Best links for editors this week — April 11, 2014
  5. 5 tips for editing your own work — April 10, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. How to Find Freelance Editing Work — 10 comments
  3. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 11 comments
  4. Thinking of a Career in Editing? — 8 comments
  5. Things I wish I had known when I started freelancing — 7 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 23

Writing off finder’s fees & 2 extra months to file tax returns — freelancing tax tips

Child counting jelly beans

Finder’s fees count as an advertising expense, and a June 30 filing deadline for Canadian freelancers’ income tax returns. This, in the Canadian, Eh? column on today’s Copyediting.com.

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

 

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Apr 21

How to column on Copyediting.com (keyboard shortcuts for selecting text)

Baby with a laptop by Paul Inkles used under CC BY-2.0 license.Today I start writing another weekly column at Copyediting.com. It covers tech tips to make your editing more efficient, effective, and (ultimately) profitable, and (occasionally) some interpersonal stuff for dealing with, you know, the humans. The How To posts appear Mondays at noon, eastern.

Keyboard shortcuts for selecting text in Word are today’s topic. This is a common enough question, as editors wonder aloud why there isn’t an easier way to do it. There is. Here are 5 faster and more precise alternatives to dragging the mouse. You might also find this earlier post useful: keyboard shortcuts you didn’t know you needed.

Bonus tip

Use any of those methods without holding the shift key and you can navigate the cursor to wherever you want it without taking your fingers off the keyboard.

 

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

 

 

Photo by Paul Inkles used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Apr 16

Write Off Conference Costs—Tax Tip for Canadian Freelancers

Child counting jelly beansIt’s tax season in Canada, and if there is one thing I’ve learned from talking to other freelancers, it’s that we do not take full advantage of the income tax write offs we are entitled to.

Important!

Number one tip from my accountant: keep all the receipts. Let him decide what’s not a write off.

This week on the Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I look at writing off conference costs.

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

Photo by Theodore Lee used under CC BY 2.0 license.

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Apr 11

On-screen productivity tips—Best links for editors this week

This here very podcast was included in this week’s roundup from the Proofreader’s Parlour. Always a great source of content. I’m proud to be in their company, and to have Louise as a fan.

 

A roundup of some of my favourite shortcuts and productivity advice for editing on-screen. I hadn’t realized Carol had written about all these, but I agree with each one. H/T Louise Harnby’s roundup

 

And a primer in how to use the colon.

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Apr 10

5 tips for editing your own work

photo of magnified eye5 tips for refreshing your editing eyes are covered in this episode, an adaptation of Adrienne’s post on copyediting.com. While originally written for editors, these tips can help writers editing their own writing too; they are ways to trick your eyes into seeing what is actually there rather than what your mind thinks should be there.

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What do you do to see the words anew? Leave your comments below, or join the discussion over on the Dameditors Facebook page.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Original post: 5 Ways to Refocus Your Editing Eye

First and second episodes: Error Rates in Editing: What’s Your Save Percentage? and How many errors trigger a book reprint? (Spoilers: data shows 95% is the best humanly possible and, secondly, precious few.)

 

 

 

 

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

The image for this episode is by chrisbb, used under CC BY 2.0 license.

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Apr 09

Simperial volume

colourful measuring cups Simperial volume, today, on the Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. This is the second half of last week’s podcast, in print version. Perhaps this will be the last post in my series about converting measurements for a Canadian audience, because we use a mixture of metric (a.k.a. SI units) and imperial measures here in Canada but I think I’ve about covered it now.

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Apr 04

Grammar tweets, other links

Grammar Tweets from Queen’s U

Click to see a 9-tweet grammar tip from Daniel this week.

Get grammar tips from the Principal of Queen’s University, via Twitter. Also, he is one of those people breaking all the rules. Meaning, his posts are not related to his “brand” as you might think of it; they’re about grammar! And, his posts span several tweets. It’s not unusual for his tips to consume 7 tweets. PLUS, he posts them in order, which means they are backward in the twitter feed.

Rule breakers, I love them.

 

 

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Apr 02

Simperial Spring Cupcakes

Spring cupcake photo by Ken's Oven, used under CC BY-2.0 license https://www.flickr.com/photos/35323150I think some Canadians hold tight to Fahrenheit temperatures because it lets them say it’s been above zero for a month now. Converting temperature measures for Canadians, and when not to; it’s simperial — over on the Copyediting.com blog today.

It’s also the topic of today’s podcast. That and cooking measures.

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Is your everyday life simperial? What units of measure do you use? Leave your comments below, or join the discussion over on the Dameditors Facebook page.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

The whole simperial series on Copyediting.com.

Previous podcast on simperial measures: weights and hard vs. soft conversions.

 

 

Spring cupcake photo by Ken’s Oven, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Mar 28

Awarding collegial generosity, picking your POV, tackling dialect, & how long it takes to make a living editing

Some weeks have more than their share of great content. This week, I’ve got two links for writers and two for editors.

 

POV: omniscience or head-hopping?

This post helps you tell the difference between head-hopping and truly omniscient point of view in your writing. Certain POV are favoured in certain genres. It’s good to know the current favourite in your genre.

How to pick the POV for your novel looks like another excellent resource. Thanks to Arlene Prunkl for pointing out this site.

woodleywonderworks_flickr:photos:wwworks:5243047628:Here are thoughts from Writer’s Digest on the pros and cons of the present tense.

 

 

The Art of Dialect

As I try to read Uncle Remus Tales to my son, I find myself simultaneous translating every single word from dialect to something his ear will understand and editing out the disrespectful racial slurs. Then there’s A Clockwork Orange, that takes a great effort to understand the cockney. Frankly, I don’t.

But some get it right, like the hilariously funny Donna Morrissey who conveys the Newfie accent in her books. She spoke (at the EAC conference in Halifax) about achieving the balance of conveying the flavour of the language without over-taxing the reader. This week, Arlene Prunkl wrote advice about just how to achieve that. She also touches on the importance of conveying flavour without disrespecting your characters; like the disrespect I feel when I read Uncle Remus, a product of its time. I wonder if some characters warrant disrespect, because we want them to be disrespected for the sake of the plot. But that’s another discussion entirely.

 

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Answering the unanswerable re freelancing success

“I want to be an editor – when will I start earning $?” and other unanswerable questions, answered by Louise Harnby. SPOILER: “It’ll take you seven months, twenty-three days, five hours and nine minutes exactly” to become a viable freelancer.

 

Honouring Excellence and Generosity

Katharine O’Moore-Klopf has won the ACES Robinson prize. Can’t think of someone who better “represents excellence and generosity in the field of copy editing;” so now I look forward to learning about the past winners.

The idea of honouring this kind of professionalism and generosity is wonderful. The EAC has an award for excellent editing, which I also really appreciate. I wish we had the resources (volunteers) to administer something like the Robinson prize too. There would be no shortage of honourees.

Congratulations, Katharine, and thanks for your generosity. The whole idea of this award leaves me with warm fuzzies.

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Mar 26

Simperial weights — converting units of measure in Canada

bathroom scale

62 kg or 62,369 g

Though I’d much rather announce “I weigh 70 kg,” metric hasn’t entirely stuck in Canada. We use a simperial system that I’ve been writing about lately. An editor adapting a text needs to know when pounds should be used instead of kilograms. Converting weights, today on the Copyediting.com blog.

And yes, I do weigh more than the guy who took this photo, Daniel Oines, used under CC BY 2.0 license.

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