Sunday, November 19, 2017

Editing Tip: 99% Perfect Writing

September 11, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Editing, Publishing, Self publishing

A guest blog post by editor Sofia Voloch
Here’s a mistake I’ve noticed some writers making: using a statistic like “99%” to mean “the overwhelming majority, in my subjective experience.” Statistics like percentages and averages are viewed as facts by most readers because they seem scientific, leading readers to assume that they’re independently verifiable — that, [...]

Brown Babies, Pink Parents

Today, my delightful client Amy Ford received the proof copy of her self-published book on transracial adoption, Brown Babies, Pink Parents, and it looks fabulous! Amy came by my house this afternoon to show me the sample of the 125-page book that I worked with her to edit during June. Her good friend, graphic designer [...]

Trailing Vines

September 2, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Editing, Publishing, Self publishing

I have been editing sample pages of a memoir by Lita, a woman in the Continuing OWL writing circle that I have facilitated once a month since 2003. From force of habit, I pick up my red pen and mark the words and punctuation I would change. By the time I am done, the page [...]

Fix Those Typos!

A well-proofread piece of text is not a sign of moral superiority. But most readers will judge a piece of text by the number (and egregiousness) of the typos. This is especially true of those readers with a well-developed English-teacher persona and a timid poet. So if you’re writing for a well-educated readership, fix those [...]

The Editor As Poet

August 12, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Editing, Proofreading, Publishing, Self publishing

In the mind and psyche of everyone who loves the written word live two beings, two personas—the poet and the English teacher. Among those of us who call ourselves editor or publisher, the poet and the English teacher live in an uneasy marriage, and guess which one wears the trousers.
We editors are more confident in [...]