I’m feeling a little drained this week, so I only have a short post today. But, it’s about some of my favourite online resources, so hopefully, it’ll give you some new things to check out (or old things to revisit).
Even though I’m not a paying subscriber (for now), I still find all kinds of useful information through Copyediting.com. They’ve got blog posts on everything from getting started as an editor, to rates, to productivity, to language.
They also have a wealth of training options. I’ve taken a few webinars and even did a session of mentoring with Adrienne Montgomery, which was really helpful as I set up my business.
There’s a lot of people who write about grammar and language (including me!), but Grammar Girl, a.k.a Mignon Fogerty, is one of my favourites. Grammar Girl’s posts are always quick and easy to follow. Plus, she’s got such a vast archive that I can usually find answers to whatever questions I have.
She’s also got a series of interviews called Grammar Quirks, in which authors share their writing preferences and pet peeves that’s worth checking out.
You Don’t Say
I had the pleasure of attending the Editors Canada Conference in 2017 where John McIntyre was the closing keynote speaker. I was charmed by his speech, as I was by his editing workshop earlier in the weekend, and have been following him on Twitter since.
He regularly discusses words, language, and editing in articles and videos on You Don’t Say, the Baltimore Sun’s language blog. These discussions are informative and often fun. They’re also usually relatively short, so they’re easy to digest in passing or when looking for answers to specific questions.
The Radical Copyeditor
I’m a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied woman. My upbringing and education haven’t always exposed me to identities outside of my own. This means I have internal biases and knowledge gaps. As an editor, I have a responsibility to address these biases and gaps so I don’t introduce or permit, without challenge, ignorant or mistaken information and language in the projects I work on. The Radical Copyeditor has some helpful blogs on inclusive language, political terms, and word choice. It’s a helpful place to start when I’m looking for the most responsible and empathetic way to say something.