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New Shirts, New Old Posts

Good news, everyone! I have a new T-shirt design inspired by that one movie featuring the popular interlocking brick system.

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Head over to the Arrant Pedantry Store to take a look.

I’ve also moved a couple of posts over here from a now-defunct site. When I finished grad school a couple of years ago, my wife and I launched a new site for our freelance editing endeavors, and shortly thereafter I got a full-time job. Though the site is gone, I wanted to keep our blog posts (all two of them) online, so you can now find them here.

Why You Need an Editor (by me)

Accepting and Rejecting Changes in Microsoft Word (by my wife, Ruth)

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Why You Need an Editor

Every writer needs a good editor. It doesn’t matter how good you are, how many years of experience you have, or how meticulous you are; you simply can’t see all of your own mistakes. We all have a blind spot for our own typos and for the weaknesses in our arguments, because we know how the text should read.

Last year I started writing for Copyediting newsletter, and I’ve really appreciated having professional editors review my writing before it’s published. I’d gotten so used to blogging that it was a bit of a shock at first to see things come back covered with marks, but I quickly realized the value in having another pair or two of eyes to look things over. A good editor catches not only typos and other infelicities, but structural problems like poor transitions, unclear arguments, and weak conclusions. My pieces for the newsletter have been stronger for having been edited.

You may already be a great writer. You may even know your style manual of choice forwards and backwards. Or you could be someone with great ideas who needs some extra help translating those ideas into words. Whatever your level of expertise, you can still benefit from having a professional edit your writing. That’s what we’re here for.

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