Category Archives: Substantive editing

The value of edit summaries

After you complete an edit, do you take the time to review your edits as a whole and write an edit summary for the author? Or, is this (or some part of this) just part of your email that you … Continue reading

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Editors should focus on the content, not the grammar

Yes, you read that title correctly. Editors should not focus on the grammar. A copyeditor for The Daily Californian takes a hard look at copyediting and grammar’s role in the editing process. From the title of his article, I think … Continue reading

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Editing is expensive, but worth it!

While I have never worked as a freelance editor, I follow several people and businesses that offer freelance editing services. An article “Why is Editing So Expensive?” by Sophie Playle was recently posted by @LouiseHarnby, whom I follow on Twitter, … Continue reading

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Tips for being a better development editor

I love lists. Lists of tips are awesome too. My twitter feed served up this tweet by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (@TheSfEP): Five tips from the secret world of editing http://t.co/Y6DuaMnVk6 — SfEP Official (@TheSfEP) January 30, 2015 … Continue reading

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Specialist or generalist?

Rosemary Shipton posted an interesting discussion question, What Should an Editor Be? (a generalist or a specialist), to The Editors’ Weekly, the official blog of the Editors’ Association of Canada. This question might very well have different answers for freelance … Continue reading

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An editor writing about editing needs an editor, right?

I received some kind words about my most recent blog post the other day, which definitely spurs me to want to write more blog posts. However, I recalled that with my most recent blog post I really had wanted to … Continue reading

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Technical editing is more than…

The name of this blog, Technical Editors: Arbiters of Quality, reflects my strong belief that technical editing is a whole lot more than just marking up sentences for grammar and punctuation as per an agreed upon style guide.  That is … Continue reading

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