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5 Amazing Resources for Writers: How You Can Get Involved in the Writing Community

Publishing / Writing / Writers Support Group

Writing can be an incredibly rewarding career, but it can also be, at times, a lonely one. If you are like most writers, you probably work from home (or from your local coffee shop/café/library) and don’t go into an office on a regular basis where you can interact with other likeminded individuals.   So, sometimes you have to get creative when it comes to building communities for yourself to participate...

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Why You Should Read Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing

Book Reviews / Books And Reading

March 8 is international Women's Day, and to mark the occasion, we'd like to bring out a blog from our archives: Lesley-Anne's review of Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing, a book all about the women who changed the face of Canada's publishing and literary scene. We hope you enjoy it!   *****   Recently, Beth saw that the University of Toronto Press would be launching a very interesting book in September: Toronto Trailblazers:...

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Leap Years and Years of Confusion: On the Peculiar Origins of Leap Years

Event / Language & Editing

“Thirty days have November, April, June, and September. With 28 there is but one. All the rest have 31,” but not this year. This year, none of the months have but 28. Instead, February has 29 days, so it seems this handy rhyme is in need of some amendment. How about, “All the rest have 31 but in a leap year you will find that...

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7 Tips for Clear and Effective Business Writing

Business / Writing / Writers Support Group / Language & Editing

Chances are good that you will have to do some writing at some point in your business career. And regardless of your field, your writing will have to be clear, correct, and effective. For many of us, this can pose a big challenge. In this blog, we offer seven key tips to help you engage readers and promote your ideas clearly and effectively.     Consider Your Audience   Always write...

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Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript

Publishing

This week, we took a look at some of our popular archived posts and decided to share this one with you one more time! We hope it helps you achieve your publishing goals, and remember, you can always give us a call if you need guidance.   *****   So, you've finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Now, it's time to think about next steps. If your dream is to be traditionally published,...

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Writing an Undergraduate Thesis: Where to Start

Writing / Writers Support Group / Language & Editing

So, you’ve done your years of studying. You’ve written countless essays and papers and exams. You know enough about a specific subject that you could write dozens of pages about it, and now that your next step is to write your thesis, you’ll have to do just that.   At The Editing Company, we edit a wide range of academic writing, including academic theses. By the time we...

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Spring Festival: A Brief History of the Chinese New Year

Event / Language & Editing

On January 25, 2020, the Chinese lunar calendar will turn over once again. In preparation for this year’s Spring Festival, I did some research, and prepared a brief history of this important annual event. The Chinese calendar is a complicated and storied institution with uncertain origins, but key points to remember are that years, months, days, and even hours are associated with animal and elemental symbols. These...

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Author–Publisher Relationships: What to Expect When You’re Publishing

Publishing / Editing & Marketing

As an author, you probably think about the relationship you want to have with your readers. After all, you are writing to appeal to your audience, and that fact will influence many decisions you make along your writing journey. But how often do you stop to consider the relationship you may have with your publisher? What if you submit your manuscript to a traditional publisher (rather than choosing...

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How to Turn Connecting Sentences into Powerful Parts of Your Prose

Writing / Writers Support Group / Usage

There are plenty of different approaches to writing. Some writers like to let the words pour out on the page and clean and shape them later; some outline and structure in detail and then fill in the framework; others might be writing up point-form ideas developed through team work or provided by someone else.   Regardless of style, in non-fiction and argumentative writing a writer needs to take a certain...

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6 Joyful Cocktail Recipes To Get Your Holiday Started!

Event

It’s the holiday season, and nothing gets party guests feeling as festive as a delicious cocktail! In this quick blog, we’ll share some great recipes for you to try.   First up, TEC blogger Michael shares two of his picks for seasonal cocktails, both using ingredients you might not have tried before: advocaat (an eggy Dutch liqueur) and Lillet (a wine-based aperitif).   “Despite Jack Torrance's appreciation of bourbon and advocaat in The...

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TEC Editors Dream Big! Our 6 Ideal Holiday Gifts

Event

The holidays are fast approaching, and recently we started talking about what would be on our “pie in the sky, dreaming big” editorial wish list — what we would ask for if money was no object! Check out what TEC editors are dreaming of this holiday season!     Molly’s Ideal Office Reno If I could ask for anything as an editor, it would be an all-expenses-paid office renovation. I’d have bookcases built into...

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Festivals of Lights: How the Candles and Lights of Winter Holidays Illuminate the Dark

Language & Editing

As the world grows dark and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, cultures across the globe gather to drive away the gloom. There are dozens of holidays celebrated around the world in the darkest months of the year, and almost all of them centre on light, warmth, and community. For this week’s blog, I’m going to step away from editing and focus on candles and light in some of...

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5 Festive Holiday Markets in the Golden Horseshoe to Get Your Season Started!

Event

Days get shorter, nights get longer, and festive winter holiday markets start popping up everywhere. Some holiday markets are understated, and others sprawl down streets, taking over entire city blocks. One doesn’t have to look hard to find holiday markets cropping up. In fact, on November 17th I attended the first one I’ve been to this year.     Christmas Market in the Creek   Christmas Market in the Creek, hosted...

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Midterm Madness: A Primer on How to Format Your APA Academic Paper

Editing / Grammar / Usage / Style / Editor/writer

November has rolled around again, which can only mean one thing (for students, anyway): midterms and papers are coming up and will be due before the winter break!   We’ve had a flurry of formatting projects at TEC in the last few weeks, and a few of them have involved formatting academic papers. Writing the paper is hard enough, but when it comes to proper formatting, depending on the assigned style...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Strong Prose: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes

Usage / Language & Editing

Punctuation marks are the signposts of prose. They indicate what’s important and where to pause. They add rhythm to your sentences. They help your readers follow the twists and turns of your thoughts.   But there are so many different kinds of punctuation marks that it can be tricky to decide which one to choose. Periods and commas are the most common, but trying to write with...

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How to Improve Informal Writing in Business Emails

Business / Language & Editing

Chances are, you have had a lot of experience or contact with business writing: compiling expense or business reports, writing up contracts, and crafting proposals. Whether you work for yourself or for a small or large business, many aspects of your job will involve writing. When most people think about "business writing," they probably think of the type of writing I listed above — more formal, structured types of...

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Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

Business

We have had a few calls recently from clients looking for help with business writing projects, so we thought we would re-post this timeless blog to help others improve their business writing as well!    *****   Good business writing is clear and succinct. There are no unwanted words. The meaning is delivered with precision. The right tone, correct usage, and elimination of jargon strengthen the message. Rene Cappon, former...

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smallbiztrends.com: Helping Small Business Owners Stay Informed

Business

Being a small business owner demands a great deal of dedication and energy. Growing a business has never been easy, and as successful online marketing becomes an increasingly important part of growing a small business, staying informed on the latest business trends becomes similarly important.   There is a wealth of information online for those looking to start or grow a small business so finding websites that curate and consolidate...

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It's your first draft, right?

Writing / Writers Support Group

When a writer shows her/his work to someone and asks them to read it, there is the inevitable dread that she/he might hear those infamous words, “This is your first draft, right?”   This phrase can be said in two distinct ways. If the person reading your work looks at you and grimaces as she says, “It’s your FIRST draft, RIGHT?” what she really saying is, “This is your first draft,...

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Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript

Publishing / Editing & Marketing

This week, we took a look at some of our popular archived posts and decided to share this one with you one more time! We hope it helps you achieve your publishing goals, and remember, you can always give us a call if you need guidance.   *****   So, you've finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Now, it's time to think about next steps. If your dream is to be traditionally published,...

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Why You Should Read Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing

Book Reviews / Books And Reading

Recently, Beth saw that the University of Toronto Press would be launching a very interesting book in September: Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing by Ruth Panofsky. She and I were so intrigued, in fact, that we actually contacted the University of Toronto Press to request a copy for review! I was excited to review this book, which covers a topic that has not gotten much focus or recognition...

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Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: Tips on Using Them Effectively

Editing / Grammar / Usage / Style / Writing

As anyone who edits (or writes) non-fiction knows, few things are as frustratingly difficult to keep straight as acronyms and initialisms. Two weeks ago, TEC editor Ronnie Morris broke down the difference between, and history and uses of, acronyms and initialisms. For anyone who needs a refresher on what those are, read Ronnie’s blog post on acronyms and initialisms, and then check back in here for some tips...

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5 Up-and-Coming Independent Canadian Publishers: Attention New Authors!

Publishing

New Canadian authors working without the benefit of representation are probably familiar with House of Anansi and Douglas & McIntyre as being Canadian publishers that continue to accept unsolicited manuscripts. But if you’ve already received rejections from these two houses, don’t give up: there are many independent Canadian publishers that accept unsolicited work. The following list features five up-and-coming Canadian publishers that publish groundbreaking work in a variety...

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Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: The Almost Impossible Task of Keeping Them Consistent

Editing / Grammar / Usage / Style / Usage

It has been considered a usual style to shorten words in order to save time or space for some time now. Some of us will remember acronyms and initialisms used by bands (XTC, AC/DC, KMFDM, R. E. M. , U2,  the KLF, and the Notorious B. I. G. ), by television shows (M. A. S. ...

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