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What Does a Copy Editor Do?

The first thing a copy editor does is prevent sentences like this from being published: “Even though her husband is the chef, Melissa says she enjoys cooking herself.” or this: “Music is one thing the women share in common with … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Count on Spellchecker

No doubt about it – English is a difficult language, especially when it comes to spelling. I admire those who learn English as a second language – especially those who speak in languages like Spanish, where the pronunciation of vowels and … Continue reading

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How to Cut Your Article Down to Size

One of my favorite copyediting assignments is the e-mail that begins, “This is way too long, but….” I get the same kind of satisfaction from paring down articles that others get from cleaning a cluttered closet or deleting half the … Continue reading

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