Editing and More

Can I Trust Word’s Grammar Checker?

Although I use Word’s spelling checker regularly (see my 2015 post about my affinity for the squiggly red line), I have never found much use for Word’s grammar checker. It’s wrong so often that I generally just turn it off. But Word 2016 has added a little feature called “frequently confused words” to its spellchecker. […]

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How Do I Remove My Name from Word 2016 Documents?

My recent update to from Microsoft Word 2011 to to 2016 (for Mac) continues to offer many chances to learn something new. So What I Learned This Week in Editing again is about a changed feature in Word 2016. How Do I Remove Personal Information from a File? When a number of people are working […]

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Add Track Changes Toggle to Bottom of Page in Word 2016

A friend moved his family to Germany a few years ago, and he started posting regular updates on Facebook called “What I Learned This Week in Germany.” The posts are filled with witty observations about the differences of life in Germany and the U.S. or very practical tips about how to accomplish some task in […]

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Looking Forward to 2018–and Year Eight!

Seven years ago this week, I officially unveiled this website, complete with my first Editing and More blog post. A few days later I walked out of my office job for the last time and officially started my life as a small business owner. In the past seven years, I have worked with about 90 different […]

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Two Opportunities for Ventura County Writers

Two opportunities for Ventura County writers to learn more about the craft and the world of publishing are coming up in the next couple of weeks. In the first, editor Dennis Mathis will discuss his working relationship with author Sandra Cisneros. Mathis will speak at an October 27 dinner/lecture co-hosted by the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network […]

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Want To Be an Academic Editor?

Freelance editors can find many opportunities to work with academic writers and publications. But if you don’t have multiple advanced degrees, you may wonder if you have anything to offer a scholarly writer. Or you may be reluctant to tackle academic projects because you find the writing exasperating and mystifying. If you’ve been passing up academic job listings for those reasons, I […]

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Talking Shop with Write Now Editing

I admire writers and editors who diligently update their blogs and keep adding fresh material. I know how hard regular posts can be, which is why I’ve not been nearly as active on this site as I planned to be when I launched it a few years back. Karin Beery at Write Now Editing maintains the […]

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An Editor at a Writers Conference

I was fortunate to get a chance to hang out for a few hours on Saturday at the 2016 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AWP is like Disneyland for writers and writing professors and writing students. I spent most of my time there extolling the […]

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My Annual Review Chat

Business owners are commonly told that they should set aside time at least once a year to review their business, to take a look at where they have been and set a course for where they want to go. Following this good advice, however, is often harder than it should be. Who has time to […]

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Looking for a Perfect Match

  Wherever two or more writers are gathered—from local critique groups to large national conferences to digital group hangouts—the topic of editors is bound to come up eventually. Almost all writers and publishing professionals say a good editor can make or break a book (see my post about Harper Lee’s Watchman vs. Mockingbird). But where […]

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