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Bits from the Digital Editor: A Primer for eBook Terminology

EBook Technology & Services

  Welcome to the first post in our series on eBooks: Bits from the Digital Editor. This series is geared towards helping you, the confused reader, become a little more technologically savvy, and understand just what the big deal is with all those eBooks and eReaders you’ve been hearing about.   In this series, we’ll look at issues that are affecting publishers, readers, and authors alike. For our...

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Can’t Wait to Meet You, Neighbour: Spelling and Grammar Are Political

With the first Canadian Target stores opening in Guelph, Milton, and Fergus last month, Canadians no longer have to wait for weekend road trips to Buffalo to get their fill of the telltale red-and-white bullseye. The news was unwelcome to many Canadians, who fear that the intrusion of yet another American big-box chain will hurt indigenous businesses. So when Target began promoting themselves north of the border, they...

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The Waiting Game

Books And Reading

I’m sure this has happened to you, too. You pick up a real page-turner from the bookstore. It’s so good that you can’t put it down until you finish it, not even to eat or sleep. You enjoy reading it so much that you don’t want to finish reading it, because then you won’t get to continue reading it, but you can’t stop. Finally, you reach...

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Creative Women Doing Sixty: Jan Wong’s Out of the Blue: A Review

Book Reviews

Jan Wong has become something of a household name for newspaper reading Torontonians. Her hard-hitting journalistic style being her claim to fame. It also became the reason for her to step aside from the love of her life: her career.   In her memoir, Out of the Blue, Jan Wong shares the most painful aspects of her life, taking us through her work-related distress that led to severe...

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How Storytelling Led Me to an Editing Career & Mentorship

Guest Blogger

I love stories. As part of my first career as an assistant manager at Ten Thousand Villages, I got to tell and listen to a lot of stories. The mission behind Villages is to connect customers with the people who make the products that they buy. So if a customer ever asked “Who made this?” I could tell them about the artisan, the group that they worked...

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Rescue Me, Can’t You See That I’m Lonely? Or, The Parallels between Online Dating and Marketing Analytics

Technology

Before meeting my current partner the traditional way, I spent several years, on and off, navigating the perilous world of online dating. I was reminded of this experience recently when I was given the task of reviving The Editing Company’s monthly eNewsletter (which you can sign up for on our home page).   How is creating an eNewsletter campaign similar to online dating? If you’ve done both, you probably already know....

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Book Clubs: A Three-Act Blog

Book Clubs

Act One – A Booklover’s Quest for Satisfaction Around the time I finished my English degree, I began to realize that unless you’re connected to Twitter or Goodreads every second of the day (I’m not), you might have difficulty finding Real Book Lovers to talk about Book Things with. After all, unless you’re the person who manages Random House’s Facebook page, posting a cover image of your current read as...

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Creative Women Doing Sixty: Jeanne Lamon Takes Home Centre Stage

Creative Women Doing Sixty

Even as she was learning to co-ordinate fine motor skills using her tiny fingers at three years old, Jeanne Lamon knew she was meant to play the violin. It was as if her soul was reflected in the music produced by the instrument. She began studying the violin at the age of seven in her hometown of Queens, New York. She made it a lifelong career choice...

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What's Up @ TEC! February 2013 edition

Office Happenings

Greetings, gentle readers, and happy belated New Year! Here at TEC, we’ve returned from a restful holiday break with enough renewed energy to dig our way out of Toronto’s “worst snowstorm in five years” and get back to work. (Hey, at least no one called in the army this time…)   Here’s a look at what’s been keeping us warm and dry in these opening months of 2013.   eBook Services TEC’s...

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A Love Letter to Anthropology (or: In Defence of an Arts Degree)

Proofreading

“Anthropology!” said a chatty tech support guy who insisted on doing small talk rather than fixing my bank account problem. “That’s, like, about the human body and stuff, right?”   No. Not quite that. Sorry.   Is anthropology such a mystery to the average person? Based on the confused face I get whenever I mention my degree, that might just be the case.   Perhaps people can’t help picturing an explorer...

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Creative Women Doing Sixty: Review of Dear Life by Alice Munro

Creative Women Doing Sixty

It is nothing particularly groundbreaking or controversial to announce that, at eighty-one years old, Alice Munro is still one of the most brilliant writers in Canada. Unlike Margaret Atwood, probably the peer who invites the most comparison, Alice Munro does not experiment freely with form.   Apart from one novel, published in 1971, Munro deals solely in short stories, mostly about women and mostly set in rural areas. There...

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Creative Women Doing Sixty: Old Age Is ...

Guest Blogger

When I turned 40 someone sent me a postcard with Bette Davis holding a pillow stitched with the words Old Age Ain’t No Place For Sissies. It was like a battle cry for me to do something with my life. So, I finished a degree I had started when I was 18, learned to tap dance and drive a car, got married and moved to Canada.   In...

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Creative Women Doing Sixty: Celebrating the Marvellous

Creative Women Doing Sixty

  In 1994, when Gloria Steinem turned sixty, she published a collection of essays entitled Moving Beyond Words. Ms. Steinem is, of course, the founder of Ms. magazine, a founder of New York magazine, an author, and a public lecturer. When she spoke at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto sometime that year, I was in the audience.   At one point in her lecture, she...

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On Organization: Packing, Permissions, and Persistence

Copyright And Permissions

Two big events are happening for me this month. The first is that I’m a dozen items and a handful of loose ends away from completing the gigantic permissions project I’ve been chipping away at since I started my time at TEC. The second is that I’m moving house and having, after years of spontaneous accumulation and haphazard stacking, to not only impose order on my personal library,...

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Working with Words and with WordPress: A Career Path

Technology

When I graduated from university, I didn’t imagine that my career would involve working on websites. However, I’ve found the work to be useful and satisfying.   I also work as an editor and writer, and in many ways, the three things – writing, editing, and web/content management – require the same skills: focus and attention to detail. So how did I get here, and what about my path...

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What's Up @ TEC!

Office Happenings / Social Media & Community

It’s getting cold out there in Toronto. Though the heap of projects on our desks grows ever larger, we TEC editors have still been finding the time to appreciate the small things — from watching the first of winter’s flurries out the window to sneaking snacks from the office’s ever-popular jar of treats.   Here’s a look at what’s been keeping us busy over the past few months.   Academic Manuscripts As...

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How to Lose Your Mind in 72 Hours: The 3-Day Novel Contest

Writing

The Challenge I am a perfectionist.   I realize this might not be the most shocking admission for an editor to make. Still, while it serves me well at work, there are many occasions in life where perfectionism is less an asset than a useless exercise in self-obstruction.   The second-biggest challenge in writing a novel is forcing yourself to make the time and do it. But the very biggest is...

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Survival amidst The Blonde Fury: A Mini-Review of The Blondes by Emily Schultz

Book Reviews

In Emily Schultz’s The Blondes, women’s preoccupation with hair (especially blonde hair) plays a major role. But there is, of course, something deeper going on here. And it is through the protagonist Hazel Hayes that these deeper meanings are explored.   Hazel is a somewhat innocent yet resourceful young woman working on her dissertation in aesthetology, or the study of looking, at New York University when a viral pandemic...

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On Being an Independent Coptic Studies Scholar

Guest Blogger

In her blog of August 12, Beth referred to my publication Marguerite Nakhla: Legacy to Modern Egyptian Art. I first learned about Ms. Nakhla (1908–1977) when I became the Volunteer Curator at St. Mark’s Coptic Museum in Scarborough, Ontario.  While we had six of her biblical scenes we did not have much information about her except a few letters indicating that she was a highly respected artist...

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What's Up @ TEC!

Office Happenings

The gusty winds of October are trimming the trees of their leaves here in Toronto. Hard to believe it is autumn and we are heading into winter. When we last wrote an update, it was still summer. The change of seasons is always inspiring and energizing, as is the array of projects we are working on here in the TEC office.   Academic Manuscripts Our academic projects over the...

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eBooks: What’s the Big Deal?

Technology

Ladies and gentlemen, today The Editing Company is launching their brand new eBook Conversion Services. This means that TEC will now not only edit your book, but we’ll convert it into ePub format for you, too!   In recognition of this event, I have one simple statement to make: Print books are awesome.   Now, don’t get me wrong. I support technological advances as much as every other non-Ludite....

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A Tribute to Robert D. Oke (1943–2012)

TEC Clients

Robert D. Oke looked us up in the Yellow Pages. It was the summer of 2010. He had recently finished writing a manuscript and was wondering if we at The Editing Company might provide a typing service. He had written the manuscript in longhand and needed a typed copy. My immediate response was that we didn’t really offer typing services, but since we were in...

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TEC Attends BookCamp Toronto

Event

Recently, a couple of us from The Editing Co. Team descended on the Communications building at Ryerson University for a one-day conference on all things bookish, entitled BookCampTO. This year’s iteration featured a distinct choose-your-own-adventure format in which attendees were expected to be both presenters and participants. No topics were pre-selected, and none scheduled in advance. The result: a pleasantly unconstrained learning and networking environment that,...

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Book Design for Beginners: A Brief Overview

Book Design

This summer, I rounded out my Ryerson Publishing credentials with my final course in the certificate program: Book Design. A daunting challenge for someone who works mostly with words, but one I was hoping to master. Art-making is familiar to me, but design is quite a separate beast; art can be chaotic and spontaneous, but in design, functionality and effectiveness are paramount.   There are far too many topics...

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