don’t believe what you read

Consider what is being read, why it was written, and whether it makes sense. Critical thinking, generally defined as thoughtful evaluation, is a crucial editorial skill. Beyond being detail oriented, line or copy editors can and should apply some measure of objective analysis to stay mindful of facts that may be incorrect, statements that shouldContinue reading “don’t believe what you read”

unfavorite words #1

This is the first installment of what could be a series, or an abandoned idea, about unfavorite words. Unfavorite words are those “regarded with special disfavor or dislike” (Merriam-Webster). Words and terms are not good or bad in and of themselves, of course, but unfavorite words are those used poorly or incorrectly or much tooContinue reading “unfavorite words #1”

tech terms

It’s no news that in the last two decades, technology has become ubiquitous. When copyediting, whether fiction or nonfiction, I am constantly coming across terms of technology for which some authors and readers aren’t quite sure of spelling or capitalization. Variations are found online, and although the terms have been added to style manuals, rulesContinue reading “tech terms”

transitions

Transitions can be exciting but also terrifying! However, most of what terrifies us is not necessarily scary, just unknown. Several months ago, I began the transition from being a full-time editorial project manager for a large corporation–a post I held for 18 long years–to becoming a self-employed editorial services provider. I had previously freelanced aContinue reading “transitions”