Communications, Copy Writing, Editors, Writing

New Dictionary of Canadianisms — who knew?! – The Globe and Mail @ptboeditors #copyediting

“Marshall McLuhan once said Canada is the world’s only country that knows how to live without an identity. What more is needed to bind us together than a dictionary with a 4,833-word entry for “eh” and an account of the profound nationalist meaning of “all-dressed” in both official languages?”

Source: Dictionary of Canadianisms is ‘tabled’ and ‘all-dressed’ – The Globe and Mail

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

Books, Editors, Publishing

The life of an extraordinary editor: a delightful interview with Judith Jones #ptboeditors #copyediting

So interesting to read the thoughts of a legendary editor on editing and the process of acquiring books. Judith Jones was the editor who discovered Julia Child, Camus, Anne Frank, and many more. Her words: “The most important thing an editor can do is be a diplomat. It’s not your book, but you can subtly try, and it usually ends up that the writers express themselves so much more clearly.”

Judith Jones by Landon Nordeman

via Judith Jones, In Her Own Words – Eater.

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.