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A Teachable Spirit

A couple-three years ago, I had lunch with an author friend who was in town for a conference. She is a speaker who often counsels beginning writers about craft and process, and that day we were discussing the finer points of teaching/editing grownups. “It’s all about having a teachable spirit,” she said. “You should write […]

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Short Saturday: Track Changes From A to Z

Yes, a while back, I wrote an article with some basics about track changes. We’ve also talked about why you need to use MS Word when you’re working with an editor, not Apple Pages. (Calm down, Mac users; I’ll establish my bona fides. To wit: I bought my first Mac in 1990 and have never, […]

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The Right Tool for the Job

Not long ago I got a frantic email from a writer: I don’t see any corrections! I knew I’d made plenty of corrections. I sent the manuscript again. Have a look at this one, I said. Who knows what happens to the bits and bytes on their way from my computer to yours? I don’t let […]

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A Plague on the House of Apple Pages

You’ve been waiting for me to bust a rant, haven’t you? Good! Because I’ve had it with Pages. I learned to use word-processing software in 1990 at the company I then worked for. It was WordStar, and I was working on a PC, back in the days before Windows when you had to interface with […]

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The Best Stuff Is in the Margin

We’ve just been talking about using track changes to work with your editor. There’s another tool you can use to communicate with your editor—the margin note—and as simple and obvious as it seems to me, I often spend a lot of time explaining how to respond to margin comments. So let’s talk about that. You […]

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“Track Changes” Is Your Friend.
Mine Too.

Recently a friend commented on my post about formatting a manuscript to be edited, asking, “Do you have another tutorial for how the writer should respond to your comments and corrections in track changes?” Here it is. Track changes, you’ll recall, is an editing tool in Microsoft Word; it’s a way for two or more […]

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Formatting Your Manuscript for Your Editor

You’d be surprised how often I get a document from an author with the formatting all over the map. Formatting changes from one page to the next. Sometimes from one paragraph to the next. Margins are moved, a zillion returns take up space, random returns where they don’t belong, and so on. What the heck […]

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If You Want to Run With the Big Dogs …

This has happened to me so many times that when I found myself ranting about it to the Irishman (who is a saint for listening) the other day, I had the thought that I should blog about it. Now that I’ve calmed down (a little bit), I have. :) So here’s the thing. There are […]

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Relax. This Won’t Hurt a Bit.

I love what I do so much that I sometimes forget the person whose publisher just informed him I’ll be his editor may not know what to expect. May be a little apprehensive. (One of “my” authors even blogged about it here.) I forget that while I’m excited about having a new puzzle to solve, […]

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The Parable of the Unchanged Manuscript: How to Demoralize Your Editor in One Easy Lesson

Some weeks ago I got a manuscript back from an author. It was already “late” due to the author’s professional activities, although both the publisher and I, the editor on the project, were aware that we’d be compressing the schedule. Because the manuscript was in such excellent shape when it came to me, I’d gone […]

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