When your magic eight-ball isn’t handy, follow these steps to figure out what is wanted when you’re asked to “look this over”: proofread, copyedit, line edit, or something more substantive.
The Art of the Author Memo
Summarize next steps for the manuscript and get the writer to do their part, with an author memo.
25 Project Red Flags
Learn to see the bad clients coming.
How to Build a Waiting List
Everyone wants you at once. Can you get someone to move a deadline so you don’t have to turn down work? Today, in my How To column
Sample Queries for Topics You’re Clueless About
Have you put your foot in your editorial mouth simply because the subject was so foreign? How to query without showing your clueless or insulting the
Tricks to Get Your House Style Used
In my final conversation with Carol Harrison in my How To column at Copyediting.com, we talk about how she went about getting FRAS staff to actually use
Foundations of House Style
I continue my conversation today with Carol Harrison, about her experience creating and implementing a house style guide at Financial Reporting & Assurance Standards (FRAS) Canada—the
How & Why to Create a House Style
There are over 1570 pages of style points combined between CMOS, AP, and APA.* And there are at least a half-dozen other well-respected and much
Your Plan for Earning Credibility
How to earn a longer leash at work—republished Jan 1, 2019 at ACES (originally in my How To column at Copyediting.com).
Find & Boost Your Most Productive Time
If you’re freelancing, you don’t have to try to shoe-horn your way into 9 to 5 productivity. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, I give