OK, now that I’ve got your attention.
This is a new blog series born from my recent list of what makes a professional editor or proofreader. In that post, I urged editorial professionals to read something every day. Blog posts, Twitter, forums – it doesn’t matter; mix it up to maximise your opportunities for learning new perspectives, ideas and skills.
So, this series will be an always-arbitrary, strictly eclectic, necessarily selective and sometimes capricious mélange of my reading, showing that it really takes very little time to expand your editorial brain every day of the (working) week.
Monday: For stability and growth as a freelance, set your rates based on a three-day week
Digging back through my Feedly, I found this post from July from The Freelancery. The theory runs roughly like this: (1) set your hourly (or per-1000-word) rates as if you’re only going to be working three days a week; (2) enjoy financial stability and have space for professional growth; (3) become awesome, work five days a week and get paid bucketloads (but also be secure if your work drops off for a while). Life sorted.
Tuesday: I didn’t use(d) to know…
… that the question of whether to employ ‘use’ or ‘used’ in constructions with ‘did’ or ‘didn’t’ (such as ‘I didn’t use(d) to like marmite’) is rather contentious. The ensuing discussion was interesting, if a little heated, but it confirmed that I come down in the ‘didn’t use’ camp. Unnervingly, Word’s grammar checker seems to as well.
Wednesday: Edifix looks well worth a gander
Recently I’ve been noticing the name ‘Edifix’ dotted about; it’s a web-based reference-formatting tool with a pay-per-reference pricing plan. It can currently handle eight styles, including (most useful for me) APA5, APA6 and Chicago. This review by Katharine O’Moore-Klopf confirmed that it looks well worth checking out.
Thursday: How to get away with murder
I’m not a fiction editor but I do like having an occasional nosy around in how my editorial compatriots work. This post by author Maggie James is more of a précis of plot devices, but still with my editing hat on it’s an interesting glimpse into the plot mechanics fiction editors get to juggle.
Friday: Living in a seismologically placid region of the world can limit your vocabulary (a bit)
In the UK we don’t get many earthquakes, and those we do would barely wobble a jelly. Hence the relative paucity of our demand for synonyms for the phenomenon. It’s always fun to learn a new word, and today I learnt ‘temblor’, courtesy of Mark Allen at Copyediting.com.