How do you use a ruler when editing? I list 8 uses for rulers at (not of) the editing desk, today in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.
Photo by Theilr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
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Anything you can take a screen shot of can be marked up as a PDF. Here is a quick demo showing how to mark up corrections to titles (or captions) in a video. It uses the free Adobe Reader XI software.
Steps are written out below.
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This handout is from my presentation at the EAC 2014 conference. Get a printable PDF version here.
Mark up any file you can print to/save as PDF and absolutely anything you can take a screen shot of: website flash menus, apps, PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos, and good old text manuscripts. You can do all of this with the free Adobe Reader XI that works on both Mac and Windows platforms.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/intro-to-advanced-acrobatics/
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2013/11/podcast-error-rates-in-editing/
Enjoy the verbal stumbles, and my talent for voicing others’ comments. New career! 😉
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You may also be interested in hearing a newer podcast about error rates in editing, a post which provides research evidence that a 95% error correction rate is exceptionally high quality.
This is my first foray into the audio realm (thus the flubs and verbal stumbles). I hope to turn more of the posts into audio versions, since I prefer audio consumption myself after a long day of staring at print. I appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2013/10/podcast-how-many-errors-trigger-reprint/
Let me clarify: How many errors can an editor let stand?
Pulled that number out of the air. (Serious numbers below.)
But seriously, I’m human, you’re human… Only [the divine] is perfect. Errors happen, and the more errors that are in a manuscript to begin with, the more errors will remain.
Even teams of editors can’t guarantee a impeccable prose.
You can have good, fast, or cheap; never all three.
— Rosemary Shipton, Canadian Editor
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2013/08/copyediting-error-rate/
This blog now has dozens of posts that will help the new starter. Click the Starter Kit for Editors category to see them all, or start with these essentials:
Before you edit for pay, learn the ropes:
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In fall 2012, I taught teaching 3 classes related to editing:
Below are details people have been asking for about how the online course is run / structured. Links to the other two courses are found on the Training page.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2012/09/on-screen-editing-course-starts-oct-30th-online/
Curious about editing? A conference is a great way to find out about the people who edit, the variety of tasks they do, and the places /clients they work for. There are many conferences.
Most editors come at the profession from other areas of expertise. They find they are good with words and have become the “go to” person at their workplace. Stepping from science (say) into science editing, is a sideways step that can be much less painful than a complete career change. The steps below can help you gain experience and an idea of whether or not editing is for you. Editors make up an incredibly diverse career group. As you navigate the early phases, remember that whatever someone tells you, the exact opposite may also be true.
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