Category Archives: Editing

Yes, I’m an editor, but . . .

I don’t think it’s a big deal if someone who isn’t a journalist/author makes a grammar error when commenting on FB or Twitter. Most people probably post in a hurry and hit enter before looking at their text. However, when … Continue reading

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Editor/beta reader taking a break

I was employed as an editor at nonprofit organization for many years. Now I’m a freelance editor, currently on hiatus for personal reasons. If I return to editing, I have decided that I will edit only very short projects, at least for a … Continue reading

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Trying to rework old work

I’m figuratively dusting off some essays I wrote between the early sixties and the mid-nineties. I’m editing them to make the stories flow more smoothly; they were a bit stilted in the original versions. I confess I’m using pseudonyms to protect the, … Continue reading

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Gotta stop being so picky

I often look at my published blog posts and think about what I could have done to make them better. For example: Is my topic too broad or too trite? Would the second paragraph have worked better as the first … Continue reading

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Some guidelines from your prospective editor

Several years ago I agreed to do a sample edit of a memoir. The author claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of a minor celebrity. Some parts of her story just seemed off, so I did a little research. I … Continue reading

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I rewrote this post three times

I don’t leave comments online often, but when I do, I try my best to ensure that my observations are tactful, coherent, and grammatically correct. As a non-traditional college student in the late 90s, I received an English department certificate … Continue reading

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I am Not a ghostwriter

Recently, I’ve noticed what seems like scads of online ads posted by people offering to ghostwrite college students’ academic papers. That is so unethical. If students get caught submitting someone else’s work, they will receive a failing grade for the project. … Continue reading

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