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. French Editing Proficiency Certification — May 28, 2015
  2. Gender-Inclusive, Canadian Style — May 20, 2015
  3. How to Manage Conflicting National Schedules — May 18, 2015
  4. Links of the Month, w20—2015 — May 15, 2015
  5. Short List for 2014 Canadian Editing Award — May 13, 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. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

Author's posts listings

May 28

French Editing Proficiency Certification

Proving your editing abilities is one of those challenges every editor faces. French language editors now have this opportunity to have some sort of credential that will convince potential clients of their ability to do the job, thanks to a new offering from the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC). Learn more in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/french-editing-proficiency-certification/

May 20

Gender-Inclusive, Canadian Style

Tweet this post.Outside of issues of biology, there is just about always a good argument for using terms that include everyone. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column atCopyediting.com, I survey Canadian style guides for advice on gender inclusive language. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/gender-inclusive-canadian-style/

May 18

How to Manage Conflicting National Schedules

Happy Victoria Day. What do you do when your schedule and your clients’ schedule don’t line up? Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. I wrote about today’s holiday earlier: Victoria Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/how-to-manage-conflicting-national-schedules/

May 15

Links of the Month, w20—2015

It’s been slow around the interwebs, so it’s been weeks since a really good roundup. Here I present a collection for week 20, 2015.

 

  • capitalization rules, automated
  • thesaurus of simpler words (for plain language and reading level adjustment)
  • public service style guides (for Canada and Ontario)
  • fair use and moral rights re images
  • freelancers’ copyrights
  • regional language variations
  • corpus of contemporary American English
  • rate calculators for freelancers

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/links-of-the-month-w20-2015/

May 13

Short List for 2014 Canadian Editing Award

Today we look at this year’s short list for the Tom Fairley Award, the Editors’ Association of Canada award for editorial excellence in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/short-list-for-2014-canadian-editing-award/

May 11

How to Preserve Voice (and Recognize it, Too)

Tweet this quote.“Preserve the author’s voice,” editors are commonly told. But what IS voice? How to recognize the author’s voice and preserve it when style guidelines allow. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/how-to-preserve-voice-and-recognize-it-too/

May 08

Editing World News: updated software

The editing community is atwitter with news of the latest release of PerfectIt — a Word add-in many editors (and non-editors) use to automate mechanical consistency checks in manuscripts. Earlier this week I posted a detailed review on the official blog of the Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors’ Weekly). Today, it made the industry news post at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/editing-world-news-updated-software/

May 06

Public Service Commission Style Guide

Tweet this quote.Take a glimpse at one of the freely available Canadian style guidesToday, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read select points from the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) style guide used together with the PSC Glossary and The Canadian Style (also available free online: The Canadian Style) by departments within the PSC and any of their contractors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/public-service-commission-style-guide/

May 05

Review of tech tool for editors: Perfect It 3

PerfectIt 3 is out, and I put it through its paces. You can read my review on the EAC blog, Editors’ Weekly. It was a tough review, because I’m a big fan of this software and after really testing this new version and digging deeper than ever before, I found myself frustrated. But I have hope.

This relationship might take a bit of work, but I think it’s worth it. It may mean reading help files for the first time in my life; that’s how committed I am.

ribbon interface of Perfect It 3

What is PerfectIt?

It’s a Word add-in that will check a document for consistency or against a set style guide. What it is able to do amazes me. Download the free trial and see for yourself. I even keep an old PC around just to run this program (since it’s not Mac compatible).

Online Versions

There is a free checker you can run from the website, and a tool to use with Google Docs. But these are mere shadows of the full program. Don’t let those fool you.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/review-of-tech-tool-for-editors-perfect-it-3/

May 04

Learn to Assess Visuals

Some resources that will help you learn to assess visuals for their ability to communicate and their suitability to the medium. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, so that you can meet the professional standards of Editors’ Canada: “Recognize when graphic elements must be edited to clearly and effectively convey the intended meaning.”

Get a printable, multi-stage checklist for editing visuals and even more resources to help you learn to assess visuals.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/05/learn-to-assess-visuals/

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