An American Editor

December 13, 2017

An AAE Announcement: Change Is Coming

Filed under: Breaking News,Uncategorized — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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As some of you know, I have semi-retired. I say “semi” because I am still accepting the occasional job from select clients, but my days of full-time editing are morphing into a couple of projects a year and lots of time with the grandchildren (with another coming in January).

I originally thought I would turn my attention to An American Editor, but I have found that I am increasingly being distracted by other things, not least of which are tackling my ever-growing To-be-Read pile of books (I did a rough count last week and the pile has grown to more than 200 books) and working on EditTools and a new book on the business of editing.

Because I think An American Editor is a valuable blog, I have decided that rather than end it, I would pass on editorial responsibilities to someone I think will do an outstanding job of continuing the traditions I have established for AAE over the nearly eight years (the first essay was on January 4, 2010) of its existence and more than 1,000 published essays. The new editor-in-chief of AAE is our own

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

who has authored the On the Basics essays for AAE.

Ruth will be assuming her duties as of January 1, 2018. I will still be around and an occasional contributor to AAE, kind of like the not-seen publisher. Ruth will be in charge, so any questions — including about becoming a contributor to AAE — should be directed to her at

I hope you all will join me in wishing Ruth congratulations and wishing her a long and successful association with AAE.

Richard Adin, An American Editor


  1. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and thoughts all these years, Richard. You will be missed, and I’m a little envious that you’re getting to ‘live my dream’ – semi-retirement, tackling the reading pile and enjoying grandchildren, that is. Congratulations to Ruth for taking over – clearly, we’re still in great hands.

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    Comment by fullproofreading — December 13, 2017 @ 4:08 am | Reply

  2. Congratulations, Ruth!


    Comment by Rachel Daven Skinner — December 13, 2017 @ 4:11 am | Reply

  3. Congratulations! I admire you for making this decision, and will be supportive of Ruth E. Thaler-Carter.


    Comment by Jude ODell — December 13, 2017 @ 4:17 am | Reply

  4. Thank you, Richard, for all you have done. It is wonderful that Ruth is prepared to take over An American Editor. I look forward to many more years of advice and opinion from contributors.

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    Comment by Joan Gladwyn — December 13, 2017 @ 4:20 am | Reply

  5. Thank you for the great, inspired service, Richard. I only do editing of colleague documents as requested, but that editing has been strengthened by knowledge gained through my reading of posts at americaneditor. A fine contribution on your part!


    Comment by Wayne Tapio — December 13, 2017 @ 4:59 am | Reply

  6. Rich, so sad but so thrilled that AAE will continue in Ruth’s more than capable hands. Enjoy your reading, and thanks for allowing us to continue our reading here on the blog!

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    Comment by Louise Harnby | Proofreader & Copyeditor — December 13, 2017 @ 6:30 am | Reply

  7. Best wishes on your continuing semi-retirement, Rich, and hearty congratulations to you, Ruth!

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    Comment by grammargeddonangel — December 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  8. Oh no! I’ve only recently discovered your blog, and I’ve learned so much from you already! Thank you, thank you, thank you. And welcome, Ruth!


    Comment by marym500 — December 13, 2017 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  9. You’ll be missed, Rich, but Ruth is the perfect person to carry the torch. Congratulations to you both!

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    Comment by Change It Up Editing — December 13, 2017 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  10. Rich, congrats of your (semi) retirement! Congrats to Ruth on taking over the reins of AAE. Looking forward to many more great posts from you both.


    Comment by Teresa Nolan Barensfeld — December 13, 2017 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  11. I am blushing mightily – see that glow on the horizon? – at both Rich’s post and all of your lovely comments. I’ll do my best to live up to the “rich” history of An American Editor and the high quality of our wonderful contributing posters.

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    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — December 13, 2017 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  12. Thank you to Rich and congrats to Ruth!


    Comment by Reel Words — December 13, 2017 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  13. Congratulations to Rich for pursuing other wonderful activities and to Ruth (a true pro!) for carrying on An American Editor.


    Comment by Judith Shenouda — December 13, 2017 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  14. Congratulations, Ruth!


    Comment by Tanis Nessler — December 13, 2017 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  15. Richard, Thank you for all your terrific columns and the assistance you have given to editors over the years! Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement!

    There’s not a finer replacement for you than Ruth Thayer-Carter and I look forward to reading all she has to say. Through illness I became disabled and have stopped my editing career when I’d only been working at it a few years! But at 75 I think it’s ok to stop working anyway!😊

    I appreciate the years of enjoyment both you and Ruth have given me through your writings, and I’ll continue to follow you as possible.

    I am in the process of moving from Naples, FL to Los Angeles into senior living to be closer to my children. While travel isn’t easy, I may be able to attend any meetings you have in my area.

    Please keep me on any mailing lists!! Best wishes to you both in your new endeavors! All the best, Pam Etheridge

    Sent from my iPhone Pamela Etheridge PamelaNaples@ 239-269-4614

    **New address: Kingsley Manor 1055 North Kingsley Dr. LosAngeles, CA 90029



    Comment by pamelanaples — December 13, 2017 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  16. Congratulations, Ruth! I’ll look forward to the start of your editing columns in January. Richard, I’ve enjoyed reading your columns over the years. I’m a grandmother and great-grandmother so understand your sentiments wanting to spend more time with family. Enjoy every new activities in your semi-retired life. Christine


    Comment by C.E.Robinson — December 13, 2017 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  17. Rich, you will be missed; however, I understand your reasons for stepping down. On the other hand you picked wisely as Ruth is a great choice. Congratulations Ruth, I look forward to reading what you write as I have enjoyed many of your writings in the past.


    Comment by Jacqueline (Jacqui) Frances Brownstein — December 13, 2017 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  18. Thanks for all your helpful posts! Looking forward to the new year with Ruth.


    Comment by MV — December 14, 2017 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  19. Congrats to you two! I hope you both enjoy this shift in your lives.


    Comment by Camille DeSalme — December 14, 2017 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  20. Dear Rich,I’m sorry to learn that you are stepping back from American Editor,but certainly want to thank you and wish you well in all your futureholds. Your blog/column has been so instructive, helpful, and as the Brits say, “spot on” in so many ways on so many topics. I’ve pointed other editorsand writers to it frequently. It’s a marvelous resource. Thank you! I have a hefty archive of American Editor which I know I’ll be adding tounder Ruth’s leadership also. Regardless of how one feels or thinks about the Bible, I think this is oneverse those of us who are wordsmiths (or word triage/ER sometimes!)can relate to: “Of the making of many books there is no end” (!) (Ecclesiastes12:12). Since this seems to be reality, I for one am very grateful to knowthat there are knowledgeable folks, passionate about writing, the craft,the business and all editing entails, to help us ensure that these “many books”are top-notch products, good reads, grammatically correct, and a joy towork with and publish! Thank you for helping so many of us so well!Godspeed! Pat Morrison  Patricia Lynn Morrison Editorial Director ICS Publications (937) 648-1283 E-mails: | americaneditor posted: “As some of you know, I have semi-retired. I say “semi” because I am still accepting the occasional job from select clients, but my days of full-time editing are morphing into a couple of projects a year and lots of time with the grandchildren (with anothe” | |


    Comment by Patricia Morrison — December 18, 2017 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  21. Congratulations, Ruth. I look forward to reading your posts.

    Rich, your insightful wisdom will be missed, but I’m sure Ruth will do you and the blog proud. If your blog hadn’t existed, how else would I have met you? 🙂


    Comment by Vicki Tyley — December 18, 2017 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

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