On the Bookshelf

The editing book I am reading right now is Peter Ginna’s What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing. Published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017, What Editors Do is an informative compendium of essays by experienced editors and book publishing experts across the US.Continue reading “On the Bookshelf”

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 thatContinue 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,Continue 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 atContinue reading “Writers and Editors”