Grammar, Real Language, Books, and the Movies: An Editor’s Dilemma

A copy editor’s job is to correct the grammar in a novel. But what if the grammar is wrong, yet authentic? An author whose first language isn’t English caught a mistake in his novel and asked me what the correct grammar was. I told him the translator he hired had used authentic dialogue in theContinue reading “Grammar, Real Language, Books, and the Movies: An Editor’s Dilemma”

3 Quick Tips for Checking Your Own Writing

If you do any amount of writing at your job, then this article is for you. Whether you write emails to clients or reports to document projects, it’s important to do a final check before hitting Send or Print. There is nothing more horrifying than spotting a glaring error right after you have sent offContinue reading “3 Quick Tips for Checking Your Own Writing”

How to Work with an Editor: A Guide

You’ve finished your manuscript and you’re ready to work with an editor for the first time. You’re not sure what to expect; in fact, you’re a little apprehensive. What if the editor thinks your writing is bad and shouldn’t be published? What if the editor reviews your story and you don’t like the feedback? WorkingContinue reading “How to Work with an Editor: A Guide”

How Technology Has Changed How We Communicate

How often have you sent an urgent text and impatiently waited for a reply? Texting etiquette says we should respond within a few hours at most – assuming we didn’t (gasp) forget our phone at home. Technology has changed the way we communicate, from the speed of communication to the quality of communication. Gone areContinue reading “How Technology Has Changed How We Communicate”

Why Is Editing Your Work Important?

If you do any writing for your job or business, you need to read this. Editing is an important step in the writing process, and it’s more than checking for typos. A lot more because of what’s at stake. Editing can prevent the awkward situations that result from typos, and it can prevent confusion fromContinue reading “Why Is Editing Your Work Important?”