We all get so caught up in our businesses, working, meeting deadlines, and just getting through all the personal and professional obligations that greet us each day that we don’t take the time to learn something new. It seems to me that learning should be an ongoing process, one that never stops.
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I’ve been tagged by author and friend Michael Stephen Daigle. He answered four questions, and he challenged me to do the same. So here goes:
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As an editor, college writing skills teacher, and avid reader, I am constantly bemoaning the demise of the English language, more specifically correct grammar and spelling. When I teach my college students writing skills, we start with the absolute basics, like parts of speech, and go from there. I’m often shocked and dismayed by what my students don’t remember from prior education, or never knew at all.
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Many authors, especially first-timers, have concerns about working with an editor. These are valid concerns, and they need to be addressed. And they have been, by someone who has said the words I want to say, in a much better way than I could have said them. Read on, authors, and you’ll see exactly what your editor would like you to know before, during, and after the editing process.
You’ve written a book! You’ve spent untold hours doing research, outlining chapters, getting to know your characters, and now, finally, it’s complete and ready to be published. But wait, is it? Have you had it edited?
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Just how important are the finer nuances of written English anyway? Why does it matter if something is capitalized or if there is a comma in a certain spot or not? Who really cares?
As an adjunct professor of writing skills, I often hear these questions from my students. With the explosion of “text writing” and its abbreviations, acronyms and so forth, many have seemed to lose the art of composing a coherent, correct sentence. What’s worse, in my opinion, is that so few people seem to care.
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Today, I welcome bestselling author Lindsay Downs to my blog to talk about the ultimate professional relationship an author has, the one with an editor.
Yes folks, you read the title right. There’s a new union out there which few in the non-publishing world are aware of. I’m talking about the special relationship between authors and their editors.
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Every author needs an editor. And I’m not saying that because I am one (okay, well maybe I am a little bit). But I truly believe that even those writers who are excellent grammarians (and spellers, punctuation people, etc.) still need to have their work edited. Why is that?
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Welcome to my new blog! I’m Sue Toth, owner of Editing By Sue, and I want to help you with all your editorial needs. I want to help you polish your writing, get your manuscript ready to publish, or polish your academic paper so that you’ll ace it.
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