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Aug 11

When Lives Depend on the Words

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

 

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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

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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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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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Jul 28

How to Edit the VIP and Keep Your Job

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How to edit the VIP and keep your job. (Tweet this) Tips for treading lightly, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

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Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

Screen Shot of Word 11's reveal character formatting Mac

 

Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

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Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Jul 14

How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word

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This week in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.

 

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Jul 07

How to See and Insert Non-Printing Characters in Word

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Reveal and insert non-printing characters to control and troubleshoot formatting in MS Word. Do you know what these symbols mean?

non-breaking space character from Word Mac 11¶ · o ? ¬ ¤

 

Find out today — and learn how to make them, too — in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Jun 30

How to have your vacation and clients too

Earth beach ball exploding up from water, with overlay of titleIt’s vacation season. How do you manage clients’ expectations that you’ll be available whenever they want you? Six ideas today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

“With Canadians taking Monday and Tuesday off and US workers taking Friday off, it hardly seems worth making the effort for Wednesday and Thursday. What say we just call it and all start our summers with a full week of relaxing. Ok? Okay.”

A final point of procedure

Clients don’t need to know what you’re up to unless you are particularly chummy or looking for that kind of relationship. You are simply “out of the office.” Unless you are going to a skill-building conference and want to show that off. Then definitely tell clients why you’re being so selfish with your time.
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Jun 23

How to Insert Symbols in Word

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Word probably converts your (C) to a © automatically, but what about the other symbols? Learn how to access them today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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screen shot of Word's Symbol browser showing categories.

Word’s Symbol browser showing categories.


 

 

screen capture of Word's Symbol browser showing pi symbol

Word’s Symbol browser showing keyboard shortcut for lower case pi symbol.

 

 

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Jun 19

State Your Rate with Confidence (podcast)

Superhero costumed kid in front of telephone boothTo state your fee with confidence, you need to practice, pose, and use project fees. The scientific evidence behind this “fake it ’til you make it” principle is covered in this episode, an expansion of Adrienne’s post on the Copyeditng.com blog. — Now, with more science!

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How do you cope with confidence and stating your rate? Leave your comments below, or join the discussion over on the Dameditors Facebook page.

 

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Original post: Three Steps to Stating Your Rate with Confidence

 

 

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