Tag: copy editing


Articles / On Editing

Keep it Consistent: Final Thoughts In this series on keeping things straight in the revision process, I’ve given a lot of focus to those things you should do before you ever put pen to paper, and they are an important part of the process. Yes, it’s a lot of upfront work, but it can save you countless hours in the end. That said, even the...

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Articles / On Editing

Divas on Editing: Line Editing When I saw that I was writing an article about line editing, I laughed out loud. And then I panicked. Line editing has been a sort of abstract concept to me, something in the periphery that I never quite understood. For me, editing started out as a very definitive exercise; my first editing experience was beta reading for a friend, and...

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Use the Five C’s of Copy Editing When Writing Articles / On Writing

The Five C’s of Copy Editing—clear, correct, concise, comprehensive, and consistent—is what most editors strive for when editing a manuscript. Authors rely on editors to look for these things and help them see where they can improve. So I asked myself: Why use the Five C’s of Copy Editing when writing? Because these are elements authors can use to improve. Clarity Clichéd, idiomatic, vague and poetic...

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Articles / On Editing

It’s probably crazy that I’m excited to write about copy editing, but there you have it. I am a total editing geek, and I will mentally edit Facebook posts—my own as well as others’—tweets, blogs articles, books I’m reading… you get the point. I take my editing very personally, and I put everything I have into each manuscript I work on. I have been known to...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Write Diva, Jen Matera Since I’ve been doing interviews for this blog, I have talked to graphic artists, public relations gurus,  marketers, authors, and readers to get their personal views on topics ranging from strong women in fiction to how effective social media is to an author. But I left out a vital interview: US! So please welcome to her first Diva interview,...

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Articles

Today the Divas discuss participial phrases, how they function, and how to fix them when something goes wrong. Participles are wonderful. In fact, many authors love them. But as with most things we love, excess can lead to problems. This is especially true with participial phrasing. All things considered, there is a lot of room to go wrong both technically and substantively when using participles,...

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