Oct 4
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If you ever won­der, “What do edi­tors actu­ally do?”, this video intro­duc­tion to The Chicago Man­ual of Style will give you a quick look. It’s one of the tools I use the most — and one of my favorites!

cmos-coverYou might be sur­prised to dis­cover how many aspects of writ­ing we edi­tors con­stantly watch for, double-check, and cor­rect — all with the aim of mak­ing what­ever piece we’re work­ing on as artic­u­late, cred­i­ble, and pro­fes­sional as possible.

LINK TO VIDEO: Intro­duc­tion to the Chicago Man­ual of Style

If you are an aspir­ing edi­tor or pro­lific author look­ing to pub­lish, this man­ual — con­sid­ered “the gold stan­dard” for main­stream writ­ing — might be a great tool for you.* (If you’re writ­ing for an aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tion or a jour­nal or mag­a­zine, be sure to ask which style guide they prefer.)


*NOTE: I receive no com­pen­sa­tion of any sort should you decide to click through from the end of the video to try CMOS.

Apr 13
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I am so delighted to share with you the promo video for a soon-to-be-released book I’ve had the honor of edit­ing. Author Bathsheba Smithen is only in her mid-20s, but she has wis­dom beyond her years. Watch the video (Bathsheba is the first indi­vid­ual in it)… and then read the book’s Fore­word, below, which she also gave me the priv­i­lege of writing:

Editor’s Fore­word

“All is van­ity and a chas­ing after wind. … So I turned to con­sider wis­dom and mad­ness and folly…” (Eccle­si­astes 1:14 and oth­ers; 2:12, NRSV)

When Bathsheba Smithen first invited me to write this Fore­word, I replied with a laugh, “You want a pasty white girl from small-town Min­nesota to intro­duce a book by an African Amer­i­can from Wash­ing­ton, D.C.?!” Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 14
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The fol­low­ing video pretty much speaks for itself. There are vary­ing view­points about whether an edi­tor should post his/her rates on a blog/website, but some of you have a gen­uine need to know, and your ques­tions gave me a great oppor­tu­nity to try out using video as a way to answer ques­tions. It was fun to do, though the learn­ing curve (at least for me) was a bit steep! Par­don the imper­fec­tions! (I do like, and I hope you will as well, the “inten­tional imper­fec­tions” of the Ani­moto* back­ground I opted to use — I think they make the whole thing artsy and fun!)

Oh, by the way, for those of you who don’t know me very well yet, the fact that my eyes dart back and forth is NOT because I’m speed-reading cue cards! It’s because I have a con­gen­i­tal con­di­tion called nys­tag­mus that affects the mus­cles of my eyes. Sorry it doesn’t look like I’m mak­ing eye con­tact with you!

Please let me know if you have any fur­ther ques­tions about how I might assist you with your writ­ing. And remem­ber: not just books; I’ll be glad to help with ad copy, school papers, resumes, let­ters, and more.

I invite you to view this and other videos on my YouTube chan­nel, “Final­TouchEdit.” If you find some­thing you like there, please click “Like.” I’d also love to hear from you, so please leave a com­ment here and/or on YouTube. And if you know some­one else who might be inter­ested in learn­ing about my ser­vices (or in see­ing the dar­ling cat video on my chan­nel!), please pass the links/URLs along to them. Thanks!

* http://​cmp​.ly/5

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