It is truly “The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers.”
It’s interesting how “news” that’s several years old pops up on Twitter, and folks mindlessly re-Tweet it.
I guess that means they’re not reading it because it has dates if you bother to look.
The date is usually the first thing I check in an online article to see how fresh it is, or if it’s digitally wrapped some virtual fish ‘n chips.
Proud that Editors Canada supports NYT copy editors, at least in spirit!
Dear copy editors of The New York Times:
The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) wishes to express our support for you as The New York Times plans to drastically reduce its copy editing staff.
As your colleagues north of the border, we appreciate your efforts to bring much-needed attention to the importance of the profession of copy editor. As editing professionals, we know that the copy editor’s role is crucial. Without the copy editor, a huge range of errors can all too easily slip into print—not only spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, but factual errors, biased language, unclear passages and other problems, all of which can seriously undermine the credibility and effectiveness of a piece of writing. The result is not only unprofessional, but could lead to legal action against the publisher. While copy editors tend to be invisible, their work is indispensable.
We wish you well as you continue to speak out about the value of the copy editor in the publishing process, and we hope for a positive outcome for your current situation.
Anne Louise Mahoney
Certified Professional Editor
President, Editors Canada
In my latest post for the Editors’ Weekly blog I review basic computer terms that are key to asking questions about hardware or software issues.
My latest blog post for The Editors’ Weekly, the official blog of Editors Canada.
Blam! Blam! Black Sombrero fired his Colt .45 at the shadow in the barn, then spun and snapped three shots at the posse approaching across the coral. . .
My latest blog post for The Editors’ Weekly on why factual accuracy and plausibility are important even in fiction.
UPDATE: Aug. 26 — and this is why the world needs editors, lots of them! I don’t know how many sets of eyes went through this without noticing that “coral” should be “corral.” Blushing. . .
Hi folks, here a few tips for effectively sharing information, or reporting on things that concern you, be it via social media, email, phone, snailmail, etc.
Learn and remember the journalist’s question prompts of 5WH.
Answer those questions as best you can before you start sharing information, before you start writing, calling, Tweeting, posting to Facebook or blogs, emailing… and you’ll be miles ahead in clarity, conciseness, accuracy, and so on.
This applies to streamkeepers reporting spills or fish kills, to citizens reporting crime, to folks contacting their local papers, to students posting on blogs, to. . .
Updated my professional photo for LinkedIn and other uses. Truth in advertising, eh? : -) The last one was about fifteen years old, and showed me out in the field in GoreTex doing some streamkeeping activity. This one is intended to look more corporate communicator, editor, writer…
I’m rejiggering my volunteer time. Pulling back a bit from some of the fishy/enviro stuff, and shifting over to more work-related volunteering.
First step, meet the new Program Chair for the Editors Canada BC Branch :-).
I really enjoyed meeting lots of folks and renewing many acquaintances at the Editors Canada BC Branch Annual General Meeting tonight.
Thank you for your confidence in accepting me into the executive fold, and here’s to having more great programs for 2016-17 starting next autumn! And thanks to Kyra and Marianne for also joining the program committee.
I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m happy that everyone is happy to help.
Had a fun time at the three-day Creative Ink Festival in Burnaby the last three days. Lots of good, inspirational speakers, who really got into the nuts and bolts of the writing life. While I’m more of an editor than a writer, I found all the sessions that I attended valuable.
Let’s refresh that daily word count target, and get writing!