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19 Surprising Rules Copyeditors Used to Enforce →

1. Don’t use “beat” for “defeat”
2. Don’t use “call attention” for “direct attention”
3. Don’t use “conclusion” for “close” or “end”
4. Don’t use “decade” for “ten years”
5. Don’t use “donate” at all
6. Don’t use “collided” at all (it’s now acceptable to use “collided,” but only if both objects are in motion)
7. Don’t use “fall” for “autumn”
8. Don’t use “graduates” for “is graduated”
9. Don’t use “hardly” for “scarcely”
10. Don’t use “issue” for “question” or “subject”
11. Don’t use “leniency” for “lenity”
12. Don’t use “notice” for “observe”
13. Don’t use “pants” for “pantaloons”
14. Don’t use “prior to” for “before”
15. Don’t use “progress” for “advance”
16. Don’t use “reliable” for “trustworthy”
17. Don’t use “retire” as an active verb
18. Don’t use “sensation” for “noteworthy event”
19. Don’t use “taboo” at all

— 5 months ago with 136 notes
#Lit  #English  #editing  #writing  #literary trivia 
Eliminate these wordy phrases from your manuscript.
The editors at The Isis Group put together this list of phrases that they believe should automatically be eliminated from every manuscript or grant they edit.  

Eliminate these wordy phrases from your manuscript.

The editors at The Isis Group put together this list of phrases that they believe should automatically be eliminated from every manuscript or grant they edit.  

— 11 months ago with 354 notes
#Writing Advice  #Editing  #Search and Destroy  #Writing Tips 
Light Bulb Jokes for Writers
Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: I can’t tell whether you mean ‘change a light bulb’ or ‘have sex in a light bulb.’ Can we reword it to remove the ambiguity?
Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Only one. But first they have to rewire the entire building.
Q: How many managing editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!
Q: How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Does it HAVE to be a light bulb?
Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: The last time this question was asked, it involved art directors. Is the difference intentional? Should one or the other instance be changed? It seems inconsistent.
Q: How many marketing directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: It isn’t too late to make this neon instead, is it?
Q: How many proofreaders does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Proofreaders aren’t supposed to change light bulbs. They should just query them.
Q: How many writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: But why do we have to CHANGE it?
Q: How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Three. One to screw it in, and two to hold down the author.
Q: How many booksellers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Only one, and they’ll be glad to do it too, except no one shipped them any.
Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: You’ve already screwed in too many light bulbs. Repetition!
Q: How many writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: One, and they like to give it a good twist at the end.
Q: How many writers does it take to change a light bulb?A: Just one, but the light bulb has to endure a series of conflicts and challenges before it finally changes.
Q: How many reviewers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: None. They just stand back and critique while you do it.
Q: How many netgilantes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?A: Did he use an English word? Must be a writer! Let’s lynch him!!!!
Q: How many reviewers does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Only one, but first they have to tell you why they didn’t like how you did it.
Q: How many Kindleboards authors does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: One, followed by a 12-page, passionately-argued thread about how much the light bulb should cost.
Q: How many forum users does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: One, but in the following ten-page discussion, someone will invoke a comparison to Nazis.
Q: How many authors does it take to change a light bulb?A: Only one but you also need an editor, proof reader, cover artist, and an agent to be there at the same time.
Originally reblogged from Tyson Adams
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Light Bulb Jokes for Writers

Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I can’t tell whether you mean ‘change a light bulb’ or ‘have sex in a light bulb.’ Can we reword it to remove the ambiguity?

Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one. But first they have to rewire the entire building.

Q: How many managing editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!

Q: How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Does it HAVE to be a light bulb?

Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: The last time this question was asked, it involved art directors. Is the difference intentional? Should one or the other instance be changed? It seems inconsistent.

Q: How many marketing directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: It isn’t too late to make this neon instead, is it?

Q: How many proofreaders does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Proofreaders aren’t supposed to change light bulbs. They should just query them.

Q: How many writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: But why do we have to CHANGE it?

Q: How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Three. One to screw it in, and two to hold down the author.

Q: How many booksellers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one, and they’ll be glad to do it too, except no one shipped them any.

Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: You’ve already screwed in too many light bulbs. Repetition!

Q: How many writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One, and they like to give it a good twist at the end.

Q: How many writers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one, but the light bulb has to endure a series of conflicts and challenges before it finally changes.

Q: How many reviewers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They just stand back and critique while you do it.

Q: How many netgilantes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Did he use an English word? Must be a writer! Let’s lynch him!!!!

Q: How many reviewers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one, but first they have to tell you why they didn’t like how you did it.

Q: How many Kindleboards authors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One, followed by a 12-page, passionately-argued thread about how much the light bulb should cost.

Q: How many forum users does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One, but in the following ten-page discussion, someone will invoke a comparison to Nazis.

Q: How many authors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one but you also need an editor, proof reader, cover artist, and an agent to be there at the same time.

Originally reblogged from Tyson Adams

Source for Image

Posted on Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 107 notes
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Four Types of Book Editing
1. Developmental Editing
Any or all of the following:
Working with the client and, usually, the author of a book or other document to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination of the three) through any number of subsequent drafts
making suggestions about content, organization, and presentation, based on analysis of competing works, comments of expert reviewers, the client’s market analysis, and other appropriate references
rewriting, writing, and researching, as needed, and sometimes suggesting topics or providing information about topics for consideration of authors and client.
2. Substantive Editing
Improving a manuscript in any or all of the following ways:
identifying and solving problems of overall clarity or accuracy
reorganizing paragraphs, sections, or chapters to improve the order in which the text is presented
writing or rewriting segments of text to improve readability and flow of information
revising any or all aspects of the text to improve its presentation
consulting with others about issues of concern
incorporating responses to queries and suggestions creating a new draft of the document
3. Copy Editing (sometimes called line editing).
Any or all of the following:
correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
checking for or imposing a consistent style and format
preparing a style sheet that documents style and format
reading for overall clarity and sense on behalf of the prospective audience
querying the appropriate party about apparent errors or inconsistencies
noting permissions needed to publish copyrighted material 
preparing a manuscript for the next stage of the publication process
cross-checking references, art, figures, tables, equations, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text
4. Proofreading. Comparing the latest stage of text with the preceding stage, marking discrepancies in text, and, when appropriate, checking for problems in page makeup, layout, color separation, or type.
Proofreading may also include one or more of the following:
checking proof against typesetting specifications
querying or correcting errors or inconsistencies that may have escaped an editor or writer
reading for typographical errors or for sense without reading against copy
Definitions from Freelance Editorial Association
From Writers Write

Four Types of Book Editing

1. Developmental Editing

Any or all of the following:

  • Working with the client and, usually, the author of a book or other document to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination of the three) through any number of subsequent drafts
  • making suggestions about content, organization, and presentation, based on analysis of competing works, comments of expert reviewers, the client’s market analysis, and other appropriate references
  • rewriting, writing, and researching, as needed, and sometimes suggesting topics or providing information about topics for consideration of authors and client.

2. Substantive Editing

Improving a manuscript in any or all of the following ways:

  • identifying and solving problems of overall clarity or accuracy
  • reorganizing paragraphs, sections, or chapters to improve the order in which the text is presented
  • writing or rewriting segments of text to improve readability and flow of information
  • revising any or all aspects of the text to improve its presentation
  • consulting with others about issues of concern
  • incorporating responses to queries and suggestions creating a new draft of the document

3. Copy Editing (sometimes called line editing).

Any or all of the following:

  • correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
  • checking for or imposing a consistent style and format
  • preparing a style sheet that documents style and format
  • reading for overall clarity and sense on behalf of the prospective audience
  • querying the appropriate party about apparent errors or inconsistencies
  • noting permissions needed to publish copyrighted material 
  • preparing a manuscript for the next stage of the publication process
  • cross-checking references, art, figures, tables, equations, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text

4. Proofreading. Comparing the latest stage of text with the preceding stage, marking discrepancies in text, and, when appropriate, checking for problems in page makeup, layout, color separation, or type.

Proofreading may also include one or more of the following:

  • checking proof against typesetting specifications
  • querying or correcting errors or inconsistencies that may have escaped an editor or writer
  • reading for typographical errors or for sense without reading against copy

Definitions from Freelance Editorial Association

From Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 2002 notes
#Editing  #Writers Write  #Four Types of Book Editing 
"You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it."
Voltaire
— 1 year ago with 176 notes
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