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”