“How is this even possible?”
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.
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“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.”
Find out why you might Maggie a document, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.
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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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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.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/05/the-do-over-edit/
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by Rita Vanden Heuvel for dameditors. Reposted here with permission and covered under this site’s CC license
Writers of safety communications know that it’s crucial to produce highly readable content to help prevent injuries and save people’s lives. They know that the average reader has a reading level between sixth and eighth grade and that readers are more likely to read content that matches their reading level. Beyond making content readable, writers also consider the length of content. Readers are more likely to read shorter content than longer content, and content that has a clear purpose.
If you want to make your words matter to people, you need to take readability seriously.
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This macro flags problem words in the MS. My favourite part of the Copyediting Newsletter treatment of my latest “Technically Speaking” column is the explanation of the parts of the macro. You can cut and paste this macro into your Word program. The column tells you how to customize it.
What I omitted for delicate readers were all the rude words my own macro flags so that words like pubic and cum don’t make it into the high school textbooks that I work on.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2016/02/flag-problem-words-automatically/
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