New Websites for The Editors’ Weekly
With the launch of Editors Canada’s new website comes a refreshed look for The Editors’ Weekly! Take some time to look around and explore! One of the biggest changes for the blog is the creation of a dedicated site for French content. While The Editors’ Weekly currently operates in English, we do get occasional posts […]
An Update on the ODE
I apologize for the long break in what was supposed to be a series of monthly posts (Ode to the ODE). Part of the problem has been Life. I’ve had a busy year professionally and an even busier year personally: six weeks of travelling, my second move in a year and a beautiful new grandson. […]
How (And Why) I Developed a Digital Tool for My Freelance Clients — And Then Gave It Away for Free
This past June, I launched a new digital tool for academic writers — my preferred clients — at writingwellishard.com. This tool enables academics to compare features of their own writing with the features of a writing sample of their choice. For instance, users could see whether they write sentences that are, on average, longer or […]
Ode to the ODE: Is a Listing in the Online Directory of Editors Worthwhile?
I’ve been a member of Editors Canada for, well, a minute or two. Over those minutes — okay, years — there have been times when I’ve had an Online Directory of Editors (ODE) listing and times when I haven’t. My rationale has varied. Sometimes I’ve had a listing because things were going well, and I […]
The Ethics of Online Portfolios: How Should Editors Showcase their Skills and Experience?
Editors work in quiet confidence: our job is to help writers to speak with clarity, accuracy and sometimes even flair. In so doing, our own voices are silent, and our perspectives unheard. The best copy edits are the ones a reader can’t see. Because of the editor’s invisibility, I’ve had folks tell me that online […]
Usability Testing From an Editor’s Perspective
This post is part of a new series of case studies by and for in-house editors. The focus of this series is on the personal experiences and various roles of in-house editors. A post will appear on the Editors’ Weekly every other month. If you’re interested in writing a post for this series, please email the Member Services Committee. […]
Winning Contracts With the Government of Canada
The federal government spends between $15 billion and $20 billion annually on goods and services, including editing and writing. Communication skills are in high demand. The government’s massive web renewal project faces much work ahead in streamlining 1,500 websites into one overarching website, Canada.ca. Small businesses across Canada, including solopreneurs, can contract directly to this […]
Don’t Tick People Off, and Other Tips for Writing and Editing Web Copy
If you’re writing or editing copy destined for the web, know this: People don’t read. They don’t even finish what they’re not reading. Instead, they scan for answers and, with any luck, take action based on what they find. It’s less about the journey, more about the destination. Your mission, then, is to pave and […]