Choosing your editor, be it for your book, thesis or business blog, takes thought. Consider qualificationsIt's been easy for someone to say 'I was good at English at school, I'll be a good editor'. Things have changed since then: common usage, readers' expectations and new ways of communicating over-ride so many of the 'old rules'.Ask … Continue reading Who should edit my book?
My answers to 'You tell me I need to edit my work. But what do I need to check?'
Editing is the final process before sending your writing into the big, wide world. 'But, why? And how?' you ask. Read on for my tips.
'Proofreading, editing or indexing a document isn’t done by a computer program, it’s carried out by an actual human being.'
How words sit on the page is so important in these haven’t-got-time-to-deal-with-hard-to-read-stuff days.
The Feisty Empire copywriter and editor, Paul Hassing, shares his thoughts.
A client asked me to edit a brochure and suggest a format.
Once I saw what the brochure was for (promoting a course to time-poor execs) I suggested ‘DL’ format.
So what the hell is DL? Swim Communications puts it very well.
In short, DL is a third the size of A4 (the size you stick in your printer).
My client, who had imagined an A4 format, asked why I preferred DL.
So I said:
‘DL is easier and cheaper to post to many prospects.
Also, I feel it looks more businesslike.
If you go flat A4, you’ll either have to post it folded anyway, or add cardboard to stop it getting mangled en route.
But if you hit a non-A4 letterbox, it’ll get mangled anyway.
Not a good look for your brand.
Folded DLs are also easier to hand out at events,
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Thanks to some fellow editors who introduced me to Molly McCowan’s blog, I want to share this with you, to encourage you to really consider just how much a good editor can add to your writing.
Enjoy – and remember to leave a comment.
About a year ago, I was at a networking event when I was approached by a middle-aged man wearing a black sport coat over a lightweight periwinkle sweater. He was holding a glass of red wine in one hand, and the word “author” was written in blue Sharpie underneath the neatly printed name on his name tag. My name tag didn’t sport the word “editor,” so for the moment I was free to learn more about him before divulging my career.
We shook hands and exchanged small talk for a moment before I asked him what he was currently writing. He responded, “Oh, I’ve been working on my second novel. It’s part of a fantasy trilogy that I’ve been writing for the last few years.” I asked him about his first book and discovered that he had…
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So beautifully explained by Australian author, Amanda Curtin, this tutorial will help you on your quest for clear, sharp writing.
In manuscripts—and even in print—I frequently see the following:
Let’s go to the Molloy’s house.
Grammatically, this means:
Let’s go to the house of the Molloy.
Now, perhaps there is a big burly guy out there who is referred to as ‘the Molloy’, as in ‘Give that burrito to the Molloy before he chews someone’s arm.’ In that case, the above would be correct. But what the writer usually means is:
Let’s go to the Molloys’ house.
Let’s go to the house of the Molloys. [a couple, or a family, or the three banjo-playing Molloy sisters]
If, on the other hand, the writer is referring to a particular Molloy:
Let’s go to the house of Molloy. [e.g. Joe Molloy]
then it would be:
Let’s go to Molloy’s house. [singular Molloy; no definite article]
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Institute of Professional Editors (Australia) conference, April 2013 Living in Queensland all my life, I'd not been to Fremantle (Western Australia) before this conference. And what a beautiful place it is - definitely a place to revisit and explore. This is the report I wrote for Offpress, the Queensland Society of Editors' newsletter. As I … Continue reading Learning more than editing at an editors conference
Sometimes it's the little words that make all the difference to the clarity of your writing.
Editors give your writing that 'je ne sais quoi' that will have your readers loving and understanding every word.