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Web Citations: Headache Extraordinaire?

Sep 26, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

  Citing sources from the internet is something most academic writers do all the time; papers can be written without consulting a single sheet o...


Inclusive Writing: It’s Not About Political Correctness

Sep 18, 2018 - Michael Bedford

Inclusive writing is often confused with politically correct writing, but political correctness isn’t an author’s main goal when writing inclusively. ...


Move Over TIFF! 4 September Literary Events for Booklovers in Toronto

Sep 11, 2018 - Jean Mathew

    The summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are over! For booklovers out there, you’ll be ...


“Don’t Comb the Giraffe”: A Review of Watch Your Tongue by Mark Abley

Aug 29, 2018 - the TEC Team

Have you heard of any strange or amusing idioms, or perhaps have one you like to use? At TEC, we’re always interested in wordplay, so we were ex...


An Editor’s Place in Ebook Development: What We’ve Learned

Aug 21, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Recently, Beth and I were able to partake in a webinar put on by Editors Canada, entitled “The Editor’s Place in Ebook Development.”...


Confounding Confusables, Part III

Aug 14, 2018 - Michael Bedford

    For centuries, questions of proper usage have provided editorial professionals fodder for debate. Although publishers’ styles ...


Talking about Pictures: Describing and Citing Artwork

Aug 08, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

  The publishing world has well-developed rules and guidelines for describing and citing work that exists as printed text. Things can be less cl...


4 Twitter Tips from TEC's Social Media Coordinator

Aug 01, 2018 - Jean Mathew

Being good at social media is important for everyone. And I mean everyone. From Starbucks to The Editing Company to your own personal account—recogniz...


The Nuts and Bolts of Strong Prose: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes

Jul 25, 2018 - Laura Cameron

    Punctuation marks are the signposts of prose. They indicate what’s important and where to pause. They add rhythm to your sentenc...


Summertime Theatre Roundup!

Jul 18, 2018 - Michael Bedford

If you're looking for an intimate one-person show, a Mirvish-level musical, or a production somewhere between the two, Toronto is a great place to cat...


Ask the Editor: How Do I Get an Agent?

Jul 05, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  So, you’re moving into the finishing stages of writing your book and you’re beginning to think about acquiring an agent. At TE...


Commas: Curiosity and Concern

Jun 21, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

Commas, for any copy editor—or, for that matter, any copy writer—are a most familiar tool, as well as a potential source of frustration. C...


Subject-Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns: Take 2

Jun 14, 2018 - Michael Bedford

Back in September 2017, The Editing Company's own Barbara Kamienski wrote a great blog post about the linguistic challenges presented by subject-ver...


A Post- Post

Jun 06, 2018 - Laura Cameron

      The postgraduate student researching the rise of postmodernism in the postwar period found herself with post-traumatic stress ...


4 Tips for Using the Em-dash and En-dash and Finding Them on Your Keyboard

May 31, 2018 - Barbara Kamienski

As a keen-eyed reader, you have no doubt noticed that those little horizontal lines between words and numbers come in varying lengths. As a keen-eyed ...


Editors Shouldn't Text

May 23, 2018 - Nina Hoeschele

We loved this blog when Nina first created it back in 2011. We are reposting it this month in honour of this month's TEC theme of comics! Check out la...


Super Women: Creative Heroines of the Comic Book Industry

May 16, 2018 - Michael Bedford

      The American comic book industry has historically been a male-dominated enterprise. The names of famous male artists, writers,...


What’s the Matter with ibid.?

May 09, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

The Latin word ibidem, better known these days by its short form ibid., is one of the technical tools of academic writing and editing. Literally meani...


3 Things I Learned about the Art of Editing a Comic

May 02, 2018 - Jean Mathew

Behind every delicious comic is a very sharp-eyed editor. Or at least I'd like to think so! I'm mostly a comic writer/illustrator, but over time I lea...


3 (More) Ways to Avoid Repetition in Writing

Apr 25, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  One of our more popular blogs is 3 Ways to Avoid Repetition in Writing, in which I discus how repetition in writing can disengage your reade...


On Dramaturgy, Substantive Editing’s Theatrical Cousin

Apr 16, 2018 - Michael Bedord, TEC Freelance Blogger

dramaturgy n. 1 the art of theatrical production; the theory of dramatics. 2 the application of this. dramaturgical adj.   ~Paperback Oxfo...


Book Review: Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples

Apr 11, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

      It feels appropriate that my first post for the TEC blog is a review of a style guide. In the two months since I've started ...


A Review of Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation by Ammon Shea

Mar 15, 2018 - Michael Bedford, TEC Freelance Blogger

    Ammon Shea's Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation (Penguin, 2014) is a usage guide of sorts, but far from being a prescrip...


100 Invoices: How I Grew My Position at TEC

Mar 01, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Recently at TEC, I celebrated something of a milestone – my 100th invoice to the company! Maybe it doesn’t seem like that much of a big de...


To Err is Human: Take Book Covers, for Example

Feb 22, 2018 - Barbara Kamienski

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Really? While the saying may be metaphorically true, in a literal sense, as any book publishing ...