How to Make an Editorial Style Guide That’s Freelancer-Friendly (With Templates for Google Slides, PowerPoint and PDFs)
Have you made an editorial style guide that’s easy for employees and freelancers to follow? Use our free Slides template to showcase the most useful info.
A Harsh Edit Is a Freelancer’s Worst Nightmare — Here’s How to Recover
Maybe you knew it wasn’t your best work or you honestly thought you nailed it. Whatever the case, here’s how to handle it (and maintain your self-confidence) when a client asks for a complete rewrite or kills the piece completely.
3 Outdated Grammar Rules That No Longer Apply
Do grammar rules ever become outdated? Of course, they do. Here are three examples of common “errors” that actually no longer matter.
A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)
Adverbs. Love ’em or hate ’em, they can be the gateway to bad writing if you don’t use them appropriately. Take a little refresher on this oft-maligned part of speech.
Don’t Edit Your Own Work (But Double-Check These 9 Things Before You Press Send)
It’s the rule: Don’t edit your own work. This doesn’t get your out of the responsibility of being both the first and last eyes on your piece though. Catch the fly balls, so your editor can worry about the trickier plays. Double-check these nine things before you click submit.
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Managing Tips for Managing Editors
As an editor, you’re putting in hours of writing, editing, emailing, and organizing prior to publication. Here are tips to stay on track (or to forward to an editor who might be way off track).
How to Write a Lead: 10 Do’s, 10 Don’ts, 10 Good Examples
Good lead. Good read. Sharpen your hooks to grab readers’ attention from the get-go, with examples of great and not-so-great leads.
Understanding Different Types of Editing: What Kind of Freelance Editor Do I Need?
Developmental editor or managing editor? Copy editor or proofreader? Just like writers, not all editors are the same. Read a pro’s savvy rundown on the types of editing and find the best kind of editor for your particular content.
A Crossword to Avoid Editorial Disgruntlement [PDF]
In honor of Crossword Puzzle Day, which today marks the 105th birthday of the first crossword, we created one of our own for disgruntled editors everywhere.
Yes, Good Grammar Is (Still) Important, and Here’s Why
Is a focus on grammar worth your time? Yes, it is. Dear Megan gives us three good reasons why you should care about grammar, the good kind.
17 ‘Word Crimes’ That Make Your Editor Cry (With a Little Fun Finger-Shaming From Weird Al)
It’s four years later and we still can’t get enough of Weird Al’s “Word Crimes.” It’s such a compact, word-nerdy review of the basic writing mistakes that we’ve indexed 17 key points to help you recap.
After Copy Editing: 4 Fool-Proof Tips for Proofreaders
Proofing and copy editing are different tasks, but in a field where people are expected to wear many hats, the two terms are conflated. Think of copy editing as the step before proofing, but follow these four key tips to be a better proofreader.
What Does an Editor DO, Anyway? Why Your Brand Needs an Editor #ForSure
Everyone needs an editor, right? Right. But gone are the days when an editor simply cleaned up copy. Oh, they still do that — and a whole lot more, too.
Guide to the Rules of Attribution: How to Avoid the ‘P’ Word & Other Problems
Don’t find yourself on the receiving end of a DMCA takedown notice (or worse). Sara Parker explains how to properly cite your sources and avoid copyright issues.
Copy Editing Tips for Teams Without Word Nerds
You don’t always have a copy editor around when you need one, right? Danielle Antosz discusses top copy editing challenges for the non-word nerd and the tips and tools to remedy them.