An American Editor

July 2, 2015

Worth Noting: Fowler’s 4th Is Here

I know that many of my colleagues swear by Fowler’s Modern English Usage, 3rd edition. Although I own it and occasionally use it, the number 1 usage book for American English is Garner’s Modern American Usage, Third Edition.

But, as of this past June 1, Garner’s has some new competition — the updated fourth edition of Fowler: Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage edited by Jeremy Butterfield, or Fowler’s 4th.

I received my copy yesterday, so I am not yet ready to give an opinion, but I plan to use it each time I use my Garner’s 3rd. One of the things I like about Garner’s, which is lacking in Fowler’s 4th, is the “Language-Change Index,” which gives me a clue as to how usage is trending.

Both books are published by Oxford, so I suspect a new edition of Garner’s may be in process.

For those of you who are like me and “collect” usage guides, it is interesting not only to compare entries in current versions of the guides, but also to look at past editions and see how usage has evolved.

In any event, it is important for professional editors to remember that these are guides. Their opinion should weigh in your decision-making process, but should not dictate your decision. See, for example, “Editors & “Professional” Resources: A Questionable Reliance” and “The Makings of an Unprofessional Editor” for additional discussion.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

June 30, 2015

The Countdown Ends: Today’s the Final Day

Today is the last day to take advantage of the AAE special discount for the upcoming Be a Better Freelancer™ — Take It to the 10th! conference; the special discount ends at the stroke of 12:01 a.m. July 1 (EST).

For more information about the conference, see “Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer – The 2015 Must-Do Conference.”

If you have already decided to attend but still need to register, go to the special registration page for An American Editor subscribers now and lock in your AAE rate! (Remember to use the password: 4AAEonly.)

I hope to see you at the conference.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

June 26, 2015

The Countdown Continues: Just 5 Days to Go

Just 5 days remain to take advantage of the AAE discount for the upcoming Be a Better Freelancer™ — Take It to the 10th! conference. For more information see “Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer – The 2015 Must-Do Conference.”

If you have already decided to attend but still need to register, go to the special registration page for An American Editor subscribers now and lock in your AAE rate! (Remember to use the password: 4AAEonly.)

The AAE special discount ends June 30. I hope to see you at the conference.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

June 19, 2015

The Countdown Continues: 12 Days Left

Only 12 days left to take advantage of the AAE discount for the upcoming Be a Better Freelancer™ — Take It to the 10th! conference. For more information about the conference, see “Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer – The 2015 Must-Do Conference.”

If you have already decided to attend but still need to register, go to the special registration page for An American Editor subscribers now and lock in your AAE rate! (Remember to use the password: 4AAEonly.)

The AAE special discount ends June 30. I hope to see you at the conference.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

Worth Reading: Onscreen Proofreading Tips: Reorganizing Your Stamps Palette in PDF-Xchange

If you proofread or edit on PDF, you should know about Louise Harnby’s free PDF proofreading stamps. In her latest essay on The Proofreader’s Parlour blog, Harnby describes how you can reorder the PDF stamps palette so that it better reflects your needs. Harnby’s article focuses on how to reorder the stamps palette in PDF-XChange (Acrobat doesn’t offer the same flexibility currently).

If you don’t already use her stamps, get them — they are free. If you do use them, reorganize them because, as Harnby writes,

Every second you spend scrolling to find the stamp you want adds up. Seconds become minutes, and minutes become hours. If you’re being paid per hour, and your client doesn’t have a top-line budget, it may not matter how long it takes you to do a job, nor that you’re working inefficiently. However, many clients do have a top line, and many editorial professionals are working for fixed fees. Efficiency matters. Furthermore, some of us need to attend to the way in which we use our hands, wrists and arms repetitively when working onscreen.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

June 12, 2015

The Countdown: 19 Days Left

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The final countdown has begun. There are 19 days left to register for the upcoming Be a Better Freelancer™ — Take It to the 10th! conference at the special An American Editor discount. For more information about the conference, see “Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer – The 2015 Must-Do Conference.”

If you have already decided to attend but still need to register, go to the special registration page for An American Editor subscribers now and lock in your AAE rate! (Remember to use the password: 4AAEonly.)

The AAE special discount ends June 30. I hope to see you at the conference.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

June 7, 2015

Worth Noting: Signing Emails & Politics

I came across two things worth noting. The first is No Way to Say Goodbye: You’re Ending Your E-mails Wrong by Rebecca Greenfield. The Bloomberg BusinessWeek columnist has an interesting take on the matter. Here is the video version:

No Way to Say Goodbye

The second item deals with politics and the relationship between your profession and whether you are likely to be a Democrat (liberal) or Republican (conservative). Scroll down to the bottom to find editors.

The Link Between Political Affiliation and Profession

Richard Adin, An American Editor

May 25, 2015

Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer – The 2015 Must-Do Conference

Be a Better Freelancer™ — Take It to the 10th!

AAE Subscribers Get the Best Deal
on Conference Registration!

by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

“Be a Better Freelancer™–Take It to the 10th!” arrives September 25–26, 2015 in Rochester, NY, and celebrates Communication Central’s 10th annual Build Your Communications Business conference, with both new presenters and familiar faces, all offering new takes and topics aimed at helping participants be more productive, efficient, effective, and successful. And because Rich Adin, An American Editor, has been such a huge help over the years in various aspects of the Communication Central conference for freelancers, An American Editor subscribers are being offered the best rate for this year’s event.

(To take advantage of this offer, go to the registration website and use this password: 4AAEonly. The countdown begins; in 37 days this offer expires.)

The “AAE Special”

The “AAE Special” is twofold: Not only do An American Editor subscribers get a break on the conference cost, but you also get an opportunity to pick Rich’s brain in person in first-ever one-on-one business coaching sessions for free! If there is enough interest, Rich will make himself available in 45-minute segments for up-close and personal insights into making your freelance business better — an ideal accompaniment to the overall conference offerings, all aimed at helping you Be a Better Freelancer. You decide the topics you want to discuss with Rich; there are no set topics — the session is intended to help you with your specific business-related problems.

Special Rate Ends in 37 Days

The “AAE Special” ends in 37 days, on June 30, so be sure to move fast — especially if you want to be schedule a one-on-one private coaching session with Rich Adin! To register for the conference and the coaching session, go to the registration website and use this password: 4AAEonly.

Why Attend?

Why attend this event? Because you won’t find a better environment for getting to know and learn from colleagues in a variety of freelancing areas. Unlike other events, the Communication Central conference affords you an opportunity to enjoy a level of quality time with presenters and attendees that you won’t experience elsewhere.

Today’s e-mail and online interaction is invaluable, but meeting colleagues in person can’t be beat. You won’t just learn about ways to improve your freelancing skills and overall business; you will make connections that are likely to lead to new projects with the people you meet at the event — just ask past attendees (many of whom come year after year to this conference because of the valuable information they gain and connections they make).

Location

This year’s conference will be held at the downtown Hyatt Hotel in Rochester, NY. Reservation information is included in the conference registration form.

Once you decide to attend, I suggest making your hotel reservation quickly. The conference weekend coincides with the end of a local film festival and rooms are likely to be at a premium as we get closer to September. (Should the conference hotel rooms get snapped up, there are three other properties within a block away: a new Hilton Gardens Inn, a Radisson, and the former Rochester Plaza, now a Crowne Plaza. It also might be possible to bunk with local colleagues or share hotel rooms with other conference-goers. Let me know if you’d like to try one of those options.)

For Information About the Conference

For more information about conference session topics and presenters, go to the Communication Central website.

To take advantage of the AAE Special, go to the special registration page for An American Editor subscribers now and lock in your AAE rate! (Remember to use the password: 4AAEonly.)

Have a question? Either ask it here at An American Editor or contact me directly.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, proofreader, desktop publisher, and speaker whose motto is “I can write about anything!”® She is also the owner of Communication Central, author of the Freelance Basics blog for the Society for Technical Communication, and a regular contributor to An American Editor.

Note and Disclaimer from An American Editor

I have no financial interest in the conference. In exchange for my offering the one-on-one sessions, my room, board, and travel costs will be reimbursed. Otherwise, I receive absolutely no compensation from this conference. I promote the conference and allow its promotion because I consider it a very valuable resource for colleagues, based on my own attendance over the years. I receive no compensation for permitting this conference promotion on AAE or for any promotion I do of the conference.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

April 3, 2015

Worth Noting: Editing Canadian English

I received the following announcement from the Editor’s Association of Canada and thought it worth passing on. I have not personally reviewed Editing Canadian English, but I am thinking of buying a print copy when it is available to add to my resource library. The following is reprinted as provided by the Editor’s Association of Canada:

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Editing Canadian English—a style guide, reference manual, judgment-call coach, and much more—is an indispensable tool for writing and editing in “Canadian.” Written by expert editors from Editors Canada and beyond, it presents a flexible but systematic approach to creating workable Canadian styles.

Some of the common questions addressed by the third edition of Editing Canadian English include these:

  • What are the differences between proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, and structural editing, and how do I know which role is required?
  • When is it appropriate to adapt Canadian words that an international audience might stumble over?
  • What are the biases common in Canada and how do I correct for them?
  • How do I settle on a Canadian spelling when even our dictionaries can’t agree?
  • What punctuation issues are specific to Canada?
  • How do I reconcile the metric versus imperial mix that characterizes Canadian usage?
  • How do I work with French text in English documents?

The online edition of Editing Canadian English is available as an annual subscription for $35 ($25 for Editors Canada members and affiliates). Visit EditingCanadianEnglish.ca for more information about pricing and features, or to sign up for a free 30-day trial. Editors Canada will publish a print edition in June 2015 (price TBD).

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Richard Adin, An American Editor

March 3, 2015

Worth Noting: Meet New Authors at Smashwords Sale

Through March 7, Smashwords, the publisher/distributor of indie authors, is having a Read an eBook Week sale. Through this sale, you can buy ebooks for as little as “free” (using the RW100 coupon). This is the time to do some indie author shopping. I’ve already picked up 15 ebooks and plan to look for more.

To access the sale, on Smashwords’ homepage, click the Read an eBook Week title in the left column. To go directly to the sale, click this link:

Read an eBook Week

You can narrow your search based on how much of a discount you want and the approximate minimum length of book you like to read. I suggest only those narrowing terms, but you can also narrow by category.

Remember that when you click to buy the book, you also have to enter the discount coupon code and click apply coupon. When you do, the price will change to reflect the discounted price.

Enjoy new authors and find new favorites — visit the Read an eBook Week sale at Smashwords.

Richard Adin, An American Editor

(Disclaimer: I have no interest of any kind, except as a purchaser/reader of books, in Smashwords or in any book published or distributed by Smashwords.)

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