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The Ethics of Proofreading | Lingocode German to English translation Berlin

The Ethics of Proofreading | Lingocode German to English translation Berlin | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
A discussion of the problem of the over-zealous proofreader and why this often backfires, whereas honesty and fairness pays. This is summarised in a set of ethical guidelines for proofreaders.
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On proofreading translations. Helpful tips on being objective, especially if you're a translator yourself. (I've worked with translators some, and I've seen what a problem it can be when one translator proofreading another's work dishes out unfair criticism.)

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Section 6.119 in the Spotlight

Section 6.119 in the Spotlight | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
Many quotations end with a period or comma:

“He’s gone.” She turned away.
“Indeed,” he said.

Some quotations end with a question mark or exclamation point, in which case there is no need for a period or comma:

She raised her eyebrows. “Murder?”
“I didn’t do it!” he replied.
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Sometimes doubled punctuation marks are necessary.
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The 3 Essential Elements of Author Queries - Copyediting.com

The 3 Essential Elements of Author Queries - Copyediting.com | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
Working with an editor can be a daunting task for many writers, especially if it’s their first time having their work edited by a professional.

You can make the process less intimidating and earn the writer’s trust by letting them know that you’re a coach, not a judge, and that you’ll be working alongside them to make their writing the best it can be.
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Good advice. For more in-depth coverage of the subject, get "The Subversive Copyeditor" (2nd ed.) by Carol Fisher Saller.
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The Business of Editing: The AAE Copyediting Roadmap I

The Business of Editing: The AAE Copyediting Roadmap I | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
Over the years, I have been asked by “young” editors (by which I mean editors new to the profession or who have only a few years of experience) about how I approach an editing project. Also over the years I have discussed with colleagues how they approach a project. What I have learned is that as our experience grows and as we adapt to the types of projects we edit, each editor creates his or her own methodology. But that is an unsatisfactory response to the question. Consequently, with this essay I begin a series of essays that discuss how I approach an editing project — that is, my methodology.
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Advice for new editors
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The rates debate: Looking at the value beyond the fee

The rates debate: Looking at the value beyond the fee | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
My advice to new starters is to be cautious when listening to the rates debate. It’s easy for seasoned professional editorial freelancers to advise against accepting this or that fee simply because they’re in a position to command better fees. In fact, offering advice on what’s an acceptable price is almost impossible unless we understand an individual freelancer’s circumstances, requirements and access points to the industry.

Fees, like any other aspect of a business, need to be considered in the context of an overall business plan, and over a time frame that extends beyond the now.
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Good advice from proofreader Louise Harnby. I've often felt frustrated when veteran editors or proofreaders condemn the low fees newcomers charge, without an understanding of the reasoning behind them. This post provides some balance.
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The Editorial Nuances of Logging On - Copyediting.com

Copyeditors largely agree that when one is accessing a computer system or program that requires credentials, the proper verbs are the two-word phrasal verbs log in or log on. But when these phrases are not verbs, writers and editors are faced with a choice: Should the words be hyphenated or run together?

And is there a difference between logging in and logging on?
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Often you just have to make a decision and be consistent, assuming your author or publisher agrees with it.
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Bullet Journal Your Way to Better Time Management - Copyediting.com

Last month, I attended a now-annual business retreat with my mastermind group (affectionately known as The Quad). It’s a great way to review our businesses and create goals for the coming year.

One item we all struggle with is time management, particularly for large projects or tasks we’ve been avoiding. So one of our first discussions was on managing time better.

We looked to Lori Paximadis in particular for this. Lori is a former project manager, and she excels at figuring out systems to Get Stuff Done. When Lori has a recommendation for staying organized, we listen. And her recommendation for us this time was the bullet journal.
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Time management advice for editors (and all)
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3* Rookie Editing Goofs You Can Stop Making Right Now

3* Rookie Editing Goofs You Can Stop Making Right Now | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
Some lessons are harder to learn than others. Unfortunately for new copyeditors, sometimes the only way to recognize bad habits is to get slammed a few times by writers pushing back or by supervisors writing stet all over the copy.

So let me save you some grief and humiliation! Here are three bad habits I identified the hard way as a young editor.
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Some great advice on editing from Carol Fisher Saller
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Editing the Academic Voice - Copyediting.com

It’s important to let the experts talk their talk. Good use of industry-standard language is important to the author’s credibility. “Every group expects its members to show that they accept its values by adopting its distinctive voice,” writes Joseph Williams’ Style.* But that doesn’t mean the writing has to be unintelligible to everyone else.

WHEN TO ALLOW COMPLEXITY

“Too often, though,” Williams continues, “aspiring professionals think they join the club only when they write in the club’s most complex technical language. It is an exclusionary style that erodes the trust a civil society depends on… A style should be as complex as necessary, but no more.”
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Good advice. Will academics take note?
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It’s OK to Start Your Day with Email - Copyediting.com

Starting your day with email makes sense for editors.

But there’s another reason to start your day with email—one that makes me wonder if productivity experts follow their own advice.

We’ve all been taught that before a workout, we should warm up. Our muscles need to stretch and loosen up before they can perform at their peak.

Your workday is like an extended workout. Our brains need a warm-up activity to prepare for the day ahead. Getting an overview of what’s in your inbox can prepare your mind for your work.

The key is limiting your time with your inbox. You must be disciplined enough to know when to stop.
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Advice on how you can start your day with email and not get sidetracked.
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When It’s All Your Fault: How to Own Up to a Mistake and Break Bad News to a Client - Copyediting.com

Last week, my worst nightmare as an editorial business owner came true. After weeks of copyediting a fiction novel, I was doing final checks and preparing to send it off to the client when I was suddenly overcome with a feeling of impending doom.

I hurriedly did a Compare Documents in Microsoft Word, comparing the rough manuscript to the version the author had sent me to copyedit. As I looked at the red text on the screen, a wave of nausea hit me: I had edited the rough manuscript, which was missing tons of extra scenes and small additions.

I had edited the wrong manuscript.
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Good advice on handling mistakes
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Why can’t a computer index my book?

Why can’t a computer index my book? | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
when it comes to computer sorting. Surprisingly, however, the making of back-of-the-book indexes is almost universally still done manually by human indexers. Although the software used by professional book indexers can help with basic sorting and styling, the brainwork of choosing and organizing index entries cannot (yet) be accomplished perfectly by a computer, since it involves reasoned and prejudicial choices and—most important—flexibility.
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A few of the many good reasons computers can't index books.
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​What did this proofreader learn over the past 12 months?

​What did this proofreader learn over the past 12 months? | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
In 2016, I blogged about freelance editorial pricing, marketing, testing/tracking and terminology. This article is a summary of what I learned along the way ­– how these issues affected my own business – and how I responded.
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A very interesting overview of lessons from 2016 from proofreader Louise Harnby
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The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers

The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
With all the imprints out there, it's sometimes difficult to know which imprint belongs to which of the big five publishers.
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Interesting graphical overview of the Big Five Trade Book publishers
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My New Crush on the Dictionary – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

My New Crush on the Dictionary – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
I’m hooked. Merriam-Webster is the coolest thing on social media. In these dark times, where clickbait generally leads down a long tunnel into dystopia, the Twitter resurgence of a venerable dictionary is something to, well, tweet about.
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Merriam-Webster has fun with words and politics--making a dictionary cool.
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Merriam-Webster's Twitter feed is increasingly, delightfully sassy

Merriam-Webster's Twitter feed is increasingly, delightfully sassy | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the venerable Merriam-Webster dictionary schooled the ACLU on Twitter — "trolled" would be too strong a word.
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Merriam-Webster makes waves, and news. Take heart, word fans.
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13 Unique Online Dictionaries for Every Situation

13 Unique Online Dictionaries for Every Situation | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
No matter what your age, occupation, or education may be, you have likely used a dictionary more than once. The online options are plentiful for basic word lookups and definitions. But if you are in the market for something more specific or tailored to your needs, check out these 13 unique dictionaries
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Going beyond Merriam-Webster.
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Focus on the “silently”

Focus on the “silently” | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
“I am silently correcting your grammar.”

Many editors own a T-shirt, sticker or button bearing this slogan, marking them as people who care about language, or at least have a sense of humor about it. However, others think it’s not at all funny and is yet another reason for people to think editors are snooty pedants who gleefully scold the less-educated.
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Yes. Caring about language is great, but don't be a jerk.
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Romantic Editing - Copyediting.com

The romance genre is one of the most prolific there is, and more and more authors are self-publishing. We spoke to three editors with experience in the romance genre, to find out what it takes:
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Even if you don't work on romance novels, there are some good proofreading and editing tips here.
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7 Themes & 5 Means for Raising Clients Right - Copyediting.com

Struggling with your resolution to get better editing assignments? Here are three approaches that will net you assignments with better pay, interest, joy, or career advancement. One way to improve the average is to cull your client list. Another way is to resolve to say no to assignments that don’t hit at least two high notes.

What if your roster still isn’t great after taking those steps? What can you do to improve the remainder of your list? Raising your rates addresses one aspect. But even if you work in-house, there are steps you can take to help the people giving you work improve the work they give. Think about the pain points. What about these assignments is causing pain? How can you help clients reduce the pain they cause?
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Raising clients right. Many of the tips are for editors who work for others rather than freelancers, but some can be adapted.
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Study Your Work Habits to Increase Productivity - Copyediting.com

How you start your day often dictates how it continues on—firefighting notwithstanding. Last week I shared my approach to email in the morning, which goes against some productivity experts’ advice. This week I’ll share the rest of my daily routine. As always, productivity tips aren’t one size fits all. Take note of your work habits and see how these tips work for you.

To maximize your own productivity:

Block off time to take care of you.
Warm up your brain before taxing it.
Schedule your toughest tasks for your most productive time.
Reduce distractions by scheduling time for them.
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Helpful productivity tips from editor Erin Brenner
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What you need to know about grammar and usage

What you need to know about grammar and usage | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
Lisa McLendon, linguist, longtime newspaper copy editor, and stalwart of the American Copy Editors Society who runs the Bremner Editing Center at the journalism school of the University of Kansas, has brought out The Perfect English Grammar Workbook (Zephyros Press, 212 pages, $13.99).

She is at pains to explain that the “perfect grammar” we aim to achieve in the dialect called standard English is a moving target, and her advice is accordingly flexible and sensible. And she has arranged this workbook in a way to make achieving a more perfect grammar an approachable task.
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A book recommendation from John McIntyre
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Look for Repeat Work in Academic Editing - Copyediting.com

“University researchers may have funds for editing in their department budgets,” write the authors of the academic editing chapter in Editing Canadian English, 3rd ed., Lenore Heitkamp and Christa Bedwin. “Often [they] will maintain relationships with favorite editors for decades. They will also pass along the names of favorite editors to their colleagues. This is a big market, and it is worth developing these client relationships.”

Repeat work is one of the better aspects of academic editing. Not only does the editor grow her client roster, but there’s enormous efficiency in working with the same journal style repeatedly.
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Gaining and maintaining regular clients can be one of the biggest secrets to success for a freelancer. Do a great job, be likable, and ask for referrals.
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On the Basics: Some Ideas for a Strong Start to the New Year

On the Basics: Some Ideas for a Strong Start to the New Year | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
It’s a new year, so it’s time to stop for a moment and think about everything that we should or could do to start 2017 with fresh perspectives on what we do and how we do it as editorial professionals. Here are a few ideas.
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Part of the life of a freelancer. Some good advice.
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Reluctantly, I judge your book on grammar

Reluctantly, I judge your book on grammar | Editorial tips and tools | Scoop.it
In reviewing books here, I focus on positive comments. After all, I have a backlog of reading that should last me to Methuselah's age, so why spend time on
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John McInytre mentions a type of grammar book he doesn't like. I agree.
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Getting Work in Academic Editing - Copyediting.com

This continues our series about editing academic works. These include articles for academic journals, theses, and monographs. It’s niche work, if you can get it. And you can get it, if you try. Who Hires Academic Editors Individuals and corporations hire editors for academic works. All stages of editing may be hired out to freelancers. …
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Getting work in academic editing. (Beware the citations; they can be murder.)
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