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Ask the Editor: What Do I Do When I Disagree with You?

Editing / Editor/writer

If you’re at the stage where you’re working with an editor, congratulations, you’ve made it a long way! You are now one step closer to completing your manuscript.   Working with an editor, whether it be your first, tenth, or fiftieth time, will be a unique experience. All editors bring their own skills and experience, expertise, and personality to the process.   Now that you’re working with an editor, you have...

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Ask the Editor: How Do I Prepare for My First Meeting with My Editor? (Updated!)

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Your first meeting with your editor is important, as it can really set the tone for your working relationship. This is your chance to show that you’ve done your homework—that your manuscript is as prepared as you can make it, that you’ve already begun studying your audience and your readers’ interests, and that you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve from this edit and from...

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Where to Find the Editor You Need

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Editors, much like authors, tend to have specific areas of focus. Even among editors who consider themselves generalists, their literary preferences and specialties tend to define most of their workload. Googling “fiction editors” returns 456 million results, so authors have lots of options indeed, but it can be difficult to determine whether you’re picking the right editor for the job. Here, then, are some pointers for authors...

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4 Tips on Finding an Editor: What You Need to Know

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So, you’re ready to start the editing process and need to find the editor who will be the best fit for you. First of all, congratulations! The time you’ve spent tinkering, drafting, self-editing, and drafting again will be very much appreciated by your editor, and we know how much effort it takes to get to this point.   Second of all…where exactly do you start? How do you know what...

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The Top 5 Cocktails to Beat the Heat This Summer

Editing / Editor/writer / Event / Office Happenings / Social Media & Community

The recent heat wave provided ample opportunity to enjoy a frosty beverage or two either on a patio or within the confines of one’s air-conditioned home. In fact, every year the summer months provide opportunities for, so-called “new” cocktails to appear on the scene, enjoy a burst of popularity, and then fade from the memories of all but a dedicated few. However, I say “so-called” because these tasty...

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Ask the Business Editor: What Is Inclusive Language?

Editing / Usage / Language & Editing

As a human being, language is one of the most influential tools that you have. As with everything in life, language evolves and you need to ensure that you evolve with it, especially if you want to ensure that the language you use is inclusive.   Unintentionally, you carry your own biases and assumptions with you every day, and these preconceptions can affect your oral and written communication.   Inclusive language...

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Ask the Editor: Are Editors and Writers Adversaries? Nonsense!

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When it comes to learning more about how editors and authors work together, you might find that there is a lot of content out there that paints editors and authors as adversaries; two people with opposing goals, each trying to “get their way. ”   If you’re an author who is trying to find an editor, or starting to work with an editor for the first time, I would like you to...

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3 Formatting Basics in Word: Spaces and Tab Indents, Setting Headings, and Adding Reference Notes

Editing / Usage / Editing New Media / Editing & Technologies

Chances are, if you produce written documents on a daily basis—whether professional reports, personal projects, school-related work (such as dissertations/theses)—you work in Microsoft Word. We know that Word can be tricky when it comes to the ins and outs of formatting, and that there are many options to get to know. We know how helpful formatting tips can be and want to share our expertise in a new...

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Formatting A Stage Play in Microsoft Word

Editing / Style / Publishing / Editing New Media

Writing a good play is hard work but by learning a few tricks in Microsoft Word, playwrights can make the process of formatting scripts easier. Like book publishers, publishers of plays don’t all agree on formatting specifics, but by following the guidelines below you’ll be able to submit a polished script that will show your prospective publisher that, if nothing else, you’re serious about the quality of your submission....

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A Little Bit of Editing, A Little Bit of Proofreading, A Little Bit of Formatting: The Final Steps in Polishing Your Dissertation

Editing / Usage / Style

TEC has had a number of dissertations cross our desks over the past few months, and working on these important documents is always a process that requires a lot of attention and an eye for detail. We take editing dissertations (and theses as well) very seriously: when we work on such a document, we know the work we do can have huge impact on our client's life. We...

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7 Helpful Tips for Self-Editing Your Work

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The process of editing your work can be trying, difficult, and frustrating. but it can also be rewarding, enlightening, and satisfying. This month, we’re looking at ways authors can make the most of the self-editing process.     Change the Formatting   Most computers will default to a few standard settings – Times New Roman or Calibri as a font selection, 12-point font size, and 100% zoom. These are great to work...

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TEC Editing Tips of the Year: 6 Dos and Don’ts for Authors

Editing / Editor/writer / Publishing / Writing / Writers Support Group

It’s 2022, and the start of a new year may be enough for you to feel inspired to tick off some of the items on your to-do list. If one of the items on your list is to write or publish something, whether it’s a book, a journal article, or something else entirely, then it’s a good idea to go into the process armed with as much information as...

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TEC Roundup: Our 6 Most-Visited Blogs in 2021

Editing / Grammar / Usage / Publishing / Language & Editing

Well, 2021 is coming to an end (where did the year go, exactly?), and as 2022 approaches, it’s hard not to look back on the past year and think about how it went for you—the things that happened, the experiences you had, the things you learned. In that vein, we wanted to know how the content we’ve been creating helped our readers out over the past year. So,...

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5 Tips for Editors on Managing Authors’ Expectations

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Writing fiction and non-fiction presents trade-specific challenges to authors, and editors provide valuable advice that can help turn a manuscript into a book, whether it’s a novel or a home improvement guide. That said, although someone may have a great idea for a book, the onus is on the book’s author to turn that great idea into a piece of writing worth reading.   Editors can only do so much...

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Providing Feedback for Authors: How Editors Can Do It Right

Editing / Editor/writer

As humans, we know that receiving critiques and feedback isn’t always easy to do. No one likes to be told that something you did (or are doing) is wrong, especially when the “thing” you’ve been working on is a manuscript that you’ve poured your heart into for months or years.   As editors, though, we know that constructive criticism is absolutely necessary in the editing process! However, that doesn’t mean...

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Editing as a Conversation with Authors

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In this blog from the archives, we discuss how the exchanges between author and editor become a conversation between the two as a manuscript goes through the editing process, a conversation that benefits both author and editor!    *****   In the world of editing, the exchange between authors and editors is a conversation, not in spoken words but in written words. It takes place through the editing process when a manuscript exchanges...

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Everyday Proofreading and Punctuation Marks: What Do They Mean and How Are They Used?

Editing / Grammar / Usage / Proofreading / Usage

Pretty much everyone uses punctuation marks in their day-to-day life, whether it’s in texts, emails, professional communications, business writing, letters, birthday cards, notes…the list goes on and on! Periods, commas, question marks, exclamation points—these marks are familiar, and their usage is likely firmly cemented in your mind.   However, for some less-common punctuation marks/word treatments that perhaps don’t get used quite as often, it can become easy to mix them up...

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A Brief History of the Pilcrow: A Worldly Mark on Proofreading

Editing / Usage / Proofreading / Usage / Language & Editing

The ways that linguistic conventions change over time are sometimes obvious. New dialects and turns of phrase crop up, and many of them gradually change their meaning. Contextual changes throughout history often drive this kind of linguistic shift, but linguistic conventions also change in a subtler way. For instance, changes to the ways words are spelled tend to favour shortening rather than lengthening, presumably because people prefer...

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Learning to Honour the Writer’s Voice

Editing / Editor/writer

Not too long ago, I was asked about the best piece of editing advice I ever received. I had actually only recently had an epiphany about this, so I replied without hesitation: “Remember, it’s not your book. ” The same might be said about any writing format, but it was this phrase in particular that rang in my head when the penny finally dropped. This week, I thought I...

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Fact-Checking: The “Behind the Scenes” Editing Work

Editing / Usage / Editor/writer / Proofreading

Why Do We Fact-Check?   As The Chicago Manual of Style points out, in publishing, the author is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of a work. And while most publishers do not perform fact-checking in any sort of systematic way or expect it of their editors, obvious errors should always be pointed out to the author, as well as any questionable proper names or other dubious details that might take away...

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3 Things I Learned about the Art of Editing a Comic

Editing / Editor/writer / Editing New Media

In this blog from the archives, our former editor Jean Mathew walks us through her experience of creating and editing her first comic book. The artwork featured above is from that work!   *****   Behind every delicious comic is a very sharp-eyed editor. Or at least I'd like to think so! I'm mostly a comic writer/illustrator, but over time I learned how to be a comic editor as well. As...

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5 Out-of-This-World Tips for Editors of Science Fiction

Editing / Usage / Style / Publishing

The process of working on any manuscript presents a range of concerns specific to the manuscript’s intended genre, so don’t get caught with your space pants down. Have a look at these 5 tips on how to effectively edit science fiction.   Substantive Editing: A Journey to the Centre of the Plot A Timely Topic?   During the substantive edit of a science-fiction manuscript, the editor acts as an informed and interested reader....

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Editing and Proofreading On-screen and Online Content: From Word to Adobe to Pastel!

Editing / Usage / Editing New Media / Technology / Editing & Technologies

The first step in preparing a document for publication is the copyediting of the work. The majority of copyediting tasks today are carried out on-screen using the mark-revision feature (e. g. , track changes) built into the powerful word processing program of your choice (e. g. , Microsoft Word). Need to add in a missing comma? No problem. Correct a misspelling? Easily fixed. Delete a repetition?...

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Starting Your Editing Journey with TEC: Helpful Advice on What to Expect

Editing / Editor/writer / Publishing

As editors, we at TEC are well aware of the ins and outs of working with each of our clients and helping them navigate the editing process.   We also know that as our client, you may not always know what that process will entail, or what things you should expect, or what is expected of you. So, we’ve written up some helpful advice to help you feel more assured...

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