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. There’s a mistake in my copy! — August 18, 2014
  2. Links OTW, Aug 9–15 — August 15, 2014
  3. 6 New Honorary Certified Professional Editors — August 13, 2014
  4. When Lives Depend on the Words — August 11, 2014
  5. Links OTW, Aug 2–8 — August 8, 2014

Most commented posts

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  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 11 comments
  3. How to Find Freelance Editing Work — 10 comments
  4. Thinking of a Career in Editing? — 8 comments
  5. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 18

There’s a mistake in my copy!

photo of pen correcting typo in the word mistake

Perfection is not the realm of humans. How to help your clients understand this, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

The rest of you: re-flippin-lax. The world will not crumble because you missed that one little mistake. You are human. Now, convincing your client of this is another matter entirely. But I’d start by explaining the scientifically supported limits of human perfection. And perhaps the equation of good, fast, or cheap.

project management triangle showing there is no possible overlap of good, fast, AND cheap

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Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Other posts mentioned in this post:

 

Thanks to my sports-specialist colleague Patricia Morris MacDonald for explaining how to properly phrase a save percentage statistic. I can haz sports analogy.

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Aug 15

Links OTW, Aug 9–15

I had a really long waiting room stay this week, so I caught up on a reading backlog. Lucky you: there’s a lot of great here!

Writing for mobile & analyses of the mediums, why editing costs & what it is, synopsis & dialogue tips, ebook production, and who’s defending Canadian English, 10 years after CanOx laid off everyone (dictionary related)? These, the giant Spirograph I am building, and a fountain that displays messages and images, among my favourite finds from the interwebs this week.

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Aug 13

6 New Honorary Certified Professional Editors

photo of the seal on the editing certification

 

Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I recognize six members of EAC who recently got honorary certification for their work in developing the program. You might think this is just a token, but when criteria such as this win you points in a job competition, it matters. One editor I know was disqualified because he didn’t “have” the certificate which he taught.

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Aug 11

When Lives Depend on the Words

photo of feet on cliff edge

 

How to deal with the emotional and legal risks of working on words that could save, or cost, or even just ruin a life, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

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Aug 08

Links OTW, Aug 2–8

Close-up photo of cable linkThis week I delved into screenwriting and video game narrative. So much so that I made two separate entries for these areas. So, there’s no LOTW per say, but two large collections of stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

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Aug 06

Stop Quotation Mark Abuse with this Simple Test

photo of quotation marks signageToday, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I reprise and expand my advice on scare quotes.
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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

photo of paper clipping taped to computer monitor

Ten telltales that will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions, or at least clean up the formatting. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by the author. Credit for “lifted” text pasted on the screen in the photo: Fare Well Farm, CSA farm share.

 

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Aug 01

Links OTW July 26–Aug 1

The Jetsons as predictors of the future; honesty that spelling and formatting matter, from a journal editor; kill your darlings, no matter how big; the history of pain; and passive voice.  — The stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

 

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Jul 31

Video Game Narrative

photo of handheld video game

 

One of the venues for the most words and storytelling today is video games. They’re prolific — in word count, in product count, in “readership.”

 

I’m trying to learn more about editing words in non-print contexts. This is my collection of resources I like best, building constantly as I embark on this independent study for professional development.

 

You might also want to keep an eye on my collection related to screenplays and scripts as well.

 

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Jul 30

Reflections on Award-worthy Editing

“A good edit can be a writing masterclass,” says Peter Midgley. (Tweet this)

book cover — The Last Temptation of Bond, by Kimmy Beach (The University of Alberta Press)

 

The latest winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence spoke to me about the importance of editing awards and why authors should be proud of them. Read our chat in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Speaking to such prominent colleagues about meaty editorial issues is one of the things I like best about writing for Copyediting. After the accolades and adoration from fans, of course.

If you’re thinking of submitting a project for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Peter has some insights for you here, from both sides of the bench.

You might also want to read his author’s piece about the award, published in EAC’s blog, The Editors’ Weekly, where Kimmy Beach quotes these gems from Midgley:

 

I’ve been told I’m meddlesome.
—PM

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Editing is an intricate relief carving on an eggshell. It’s fragile and paper-thin.
One mistake, and you can crack the whole damn thing.
—PM

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

 

Photo of fountain pen by Nic McPhee used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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