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.

Jun 6
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Below is a press release from an awe­some com­pany I copy­edit for! (Unfor­tu­nately, the for­mat­ting gets a lit­tle glitched when I place it in Word­Press.) They held an Annual Meet­ing at the end of April, and I would have LOVED to be able to attend, but it wasn’t fea­si­ble. The video clips and pho­tos, how­ever, show how much fun they had together, and give you a taste of what great peo­ple I get to work with — albeit remotely!(Oh, and I copy­edited this press release, too!)

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May 20
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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 »

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