Style guides are great, but even when they cover tons of subjects and scenarios, there will be questions. The editorial staff at the University of Chicago answer such questions on The Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A. But Can I… Read More »University of Chicago Press’s But Can I Start a Sentence With “But”?
In part 1 of this case study, we determined that what initially appears as spelling inconsistency in This Is How You Lose The Time War is actually a pattern. Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar employ different spellings depending on point… Read More »Spelling Variation in This Is How You Lose the Time War (Part 2)
Ensuring an author has been consistent with their spelling is a big part of copy editing. We editors are usually told to follow a particular dictionary or a particular style guide’s word list. And, when faced with a word with… Read More »Spelling Variation in This Is How You Lose the Time War (Part 1)
Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers is exactly what it says it is—a guide. It’s for those who feel compelled to share their travel experiences, and it features tips, exercises, and information to help them do so. Overview Title: Writing… Read More »Peter Chilson & Joanne B. Mulcahy’s Writing Abroad
Who said it? In most cases, your readers will want to know. In fact, when you fail to keep your dialogue clear, you risk your readers getting lost, distracted, or even annoyed. This post will explain how to specify who’s… Read More »How To Write Dialogue: Keeping Your Speakers Clear
A writer writes. True enough. But a writer does much more than writing. A writer observes. A writer listens. A writer reads. A writer imagines, and thinks, and feels. A writer lives. So if, in this crisis—or in any crisis—you… Read More »Input Mode: Why You Don’t Need To Be Writing Now
What does editing cost and what’s a typical editor’s rate? Unfortunately, there’s no cut and dry answer. Rates vary wildly between editors, but by understanding what factors influence rates you’ll be able to make informed decisions about this step in… Read More »Editing Rates: How Much Does Editing Cost?
Any good writer knows editing is an indispensable part of the writing process. You can certainly do some editing yourself—and you definitely should—but it’s difficult to get the critical distance from your own work to edit effectively. That’s where trained… Read More »Are You Ready For An Editor?