Oct 4
Share

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.

Sep 24
Share

BOOK REVIEW

I want to tell you about a book so awe­some that I have just read it in the course of a week­end — and I don’t gen­er­ally have time, or make time, to power through some­thing that fast! (By the way, I am get­ting no ben­e­fit by pro­mot­ing this book, since my “dear” state leg­is­la­tors opted last sum­mer not to allow the Ama­zon Asso­ciates affil­i­ate pro­gram to be used in Min­nesota any longer. BOO!!!) Any­way… on to hap­pier things:

Book cover image: "APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur -- How to Publish a Book"

Book cover image: “APE: Author, Pub­lisher, Entre­pre­neur — How to Pub­lish a Book”

The book APE: Author, Pub­lisher, Entre­pre­neur — How to Pub­lish a Book, by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch, con­tains a wealth of infor­ma­tion about just what its title says. Chap­ter by chap­ter, the authors demys­tify the process Read the rest of this entry »

May 20
Share

Way back in the begin­ning of my foray into copy­edit­ing, a writer named Bathsheba Smithen was referred to me. As we worked together on her first book, Who Cares What You Think … So What You Think?, I was tick­led to dis­cover how much we had in com­mon — despite much of her life and work tak­ing place in inner-city, poverty-challenged neigh­bor­hoods, and mine in Mid­west­ern com­mu­ni­tiess, some prac­ti­cally rural; despite the fact that she is black and I am white; despite the fact that she is in her 20s and I am in my 40s. Turns out, we have lots in com­mon! — not least, that we are both mar­ried and each have a child we have adopted as our own and a younger child we gave birth to; that we both hold Master’s degrees; that we both lean on our Chris­t­ian faith, even amid chal­lenges and doubts. Please take a cou­ple min­utes to meet Sheba for yourself:

I went on to help Sheba with more of her writ­ing: Read the rest of this entry »

« Previous Entries

Copyright 2009-2013 Final Touch Proofreading & Editing, LLC