Category Archive: copy editing

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.)

 

 

 

 

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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 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.

 

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The whole simperial series on Copyediting.com.

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

 

 

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Mar 26

Simperial weights — converting units of measure in Canada

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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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Mar 14

Grammar comedy, Scrivener, and other links this week

Grammar LOL

Listen to the very funny Craig Fay’s take on the tedious grammatical choice of using former and later.

“I’ll get it but it’s going to take me a while. There is no indication that I had to remember the order in which you presented things until the very last word in the sentence.”

There’s more. You have to listen. Start at 24:10 to hear just this segment.

Roundup of the week’s editing posts

Louise Harnby’s weekly roundup is stellar this week. So many great articles on editing. There’s a post on using Scrivener writing software, and another on Presenting a clean manuscript. Go, there’s 11 more — including my RAPB podcast.

 

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Mar 04

Tackling paralysis with soft edit and Note Stripper

When footnotes are a formatting nightmare, Note Stripper saves the day. End notes too. Also, Adrienne sings “soft edit” to help reduce her panic tackling a paralysing job.

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Soft edit, warm edit, little ball of whir.

Place a colon, move a comma;

purr, purr, purr. 

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Also, the related blog post on Copyediting.com: Wrangle Footnotes into Place with Note Stripper 

 

 

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Mar 04

That With Which I Will Put Up

sword that which Thou shalt smitest those who wouldst alter thine language most sacred. Or, move on to something more consequential; you’re standing on shaky ground.

Let us Canadians show that stereotypical tolerance for differences on this, our southern neighbours’ National Grammar Day.

My special post today, on the Copyediting blog; one of the day’s special set.

 

Haiku contest for grammar day

ACES held a Haiku contest to honour Grammar Day, and I got the honour of being on the panel of judges. Bit overwhelmed by the stature of those on the panel, but the poems were so fun that I almost forgot to be intimidated.

You can see the winning dodge-themed poem over on the ACES website, Copydesk, and read the other entries. Many were clever, insightful, and surprising. Some even included nature, as is the tendency for Haiku.

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Feb 21

Editing the erotic

lip biteThat’s right, I take all the fun out of the naughty stuff by discussing word choice. Contains advice from two experts, and even discusses zombies. It’s pretty PG, but it may still be NSFW.

Mom? Please skip this one.

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Feb 19

Do Quotes Deserve Clean-up?

comma-roach-ready original by Dr Shill used with permissionIn my Canadian, Eh? post this week on Copyediting.com, I argue that we editors should clean up quotes at least as much as we are cleaning up the words of the writer doing the quoting. I consider it a matter of equal respect, and I call on two veterans to support this position.

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