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. Links OTW, Aug 23–29 — August 29, 2014
  2. Checklist for Editing, Canadian Style — August 27, 2014
  3. How to Handle a Crying Author — August 25, 2014
  4. Links OTW, August 16–22 — August 22, 2014
  5. Think of an Editor — August 20, 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? — 8 comments
  5. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 29

Links OTW, Aug 23–29

I don’t know how you all maintain the fabulousness, week after week. But here we are again with yet another roundup. Lots “off topic” this week. And scroll to the bottom to read a post about a real-world, big-business version of planned happenstance.
Costs of editing, fiction editing, flying motorbike, xkcd book of what ifs, DSM-5 music video spoof, and more on diversity (no, you don’t have any non-white friends).

 

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Aug 27

Checklist for Editing, Canadian Style

photo of to do list that says "everything!"

The Canadian Style says a checklist “will help you to cover all pertinent facets of the writing process and to meet your deadlines.” More about their free checklist today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.
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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com 

Photo by John Schultz used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Aug 25

How to Handle a Crying Author

photo of onion slices in a frying pan making a crying face

 

I say, “There is a reader for every writer.”

And it’s true.

That reader might be your mom, but she’ll still read it. (I don’t say that part out loud.)

 

Encouraging words for downtrodden writers, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 
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Aug 22

Links OTW, August 16–22

A plethora of interweb awesome this week: diversity in publishing, how words become real, two spaces (again), street view for underwater sights, colour success in social media, pins to edit a MS, more screenwriting, acting and storytelling in communications, and the off-topic stuff (anxious kids, the science of TP dispensing, a time management (scheduling) app, and EAC (EC) rebranding.

 

 

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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.

Photo by opensourceway used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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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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Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Related post last week: There’s a mistake in my copy!

 

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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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Video game narrative (analysis of) Tweet this collection

 

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