What Matter Who’s Speaking (or Editing)?

Several years ago, when I was working in India, I compiled some thoughts on the impact of cultural differences on copyediting, which you can read here. This is a topic I have continued to think about over the years: does where you are located or where you are from shape your editorial decisions? So muchContinue reading “What Matter Who’s Speaking (or Editing)?”

Why Hire a Copy Editor?

Many years ago, when I was a graduate student working toward a PhD in English, I experienced a rude awakening in my very first semester, when the professor awarded me a C+ on a term paper I wrote on Matthew Arnold. There were a lot of “firsts” for me that semester: it was the firstContinue reading “Why Hire a Copy Editor?”

Rules of Style

Copy editors are voracious consumers of style manuals, and there’s no shortage of those. Different professions and academic disciplines have their own style guides and style preferences. In the humanities, MLA style and Chicago style are the most widely used; journalists and magazine writers often follow their publication’s house style, which is most likely looselyContinue reading “Rules of Style”

Writers and Editors

Copy editors focus on the mechanics, intricacies, and nuances of editorial style, punctuation, grammar, and editorial decision-making. I am always learning from the wealth of information I have been able to glean from my more experienced colleagues. But the writer and writing teacher in me often shakes her head at some of the copyediting debatesContinue reading “Writers and Editors”