Business, Copyediting, Editors, Freelancing

“Pay me. Up front. At least half. Then I start work.” —Best Write Communications @ptboeditors #freelancelife #copyediting

“There are two individuals who I will do work for without payments in advance. That’s because if they don’t pay, it means flying pigs are crashing into the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Otherwise, I just can’t afford to bear … Continue reading →

Source: Pay me. Up front. At least half. Then I start work. – Best Write Communications

Copyediting, Writing

The Canadian spelling of grey jay/whisky jack is ruffling some feathers @ptboeditors #copyediting

The copyeditor frequently has to explain her spelling or style choices. In this case, it was prompted by the confusion between Canadian and US spelling.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s choice of the grey jay, also called the whisky jack, as Canada’s new national bird has ruffled some feathers — and the correct spelling of the bird’s name has provoked confused and angry comments from CBC readers.

Source: CBC’s spelling of grey jay/whisky jack is not for the birds

Copyediting, Editors

A copyeditor is more than just a comma pro! #copyediting #ptboeditors

This sums up my thoughts about life as a copyeditor — effectively polishing and perfecting someone’s writing draws on that vast knowledge of trivia I have accumulated over the years, as well as my expertise with commas and semicolons!

“One of the things I like about my job is that it draws on the entire person: not just your knowledge of grammar and punctuation and usage and foreign languages and literature but also your experience of travel, gardening, shipping, singing, plumbing, Catholicism, Midwesternism, mozzarella, the A train, New Jersey. And in turn it feeds you more experience. The popular image of the copy editor is of someone who favors rigid consistency. I don’t usually think of myself that way. But, when pressed, I do find I have strong views about commas.”

via Confessions of a Comma Queen – The New Yorker.