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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 ...


Notes from a Town & Country Editor and Writer

Feb 14, 2018 - Michael Bedford, TEC Freelance Blogger

  Having worked as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Grey County, and now the Hamilton area, I've had the opportunity to learn about...


5 Tips for Writing Engaging Nonfiction

Feb 01, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

I'm open to reading almost anything ­– fiction, nonfiction – as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I w...


Ask the Editor: Editing with Nervous First-Time Writers

Jan 10, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It’s been a while since I’ve written an “Ask the Editor” blog post! This time, I’m going to talk about how to make the e...


A New Holiday Tradition: Reading Great Holiday Books

Dec 20, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As the holiday season moves into full swing, you probably have holiday traditions that you enjoy with your family and friends, or even some traditions...


The Essential Gift Guide for Editors: 2017

Nov 30, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It can be difficult to choose gifts for editors (or writers!) – choosing a book is often too risky or nerve-wracking, but if not a book, then&he...


Man! Unbiased Language Can Be Confusing

Nov 23, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

A while back, we at TEC were chatting over lunch about Word On The Street, and I mentioned that I had once manned a booth at the event. The reaction w...


10 Amazing Things about TEC Turning 10!

Nov 16, 2017 - Beth McAuley

In September, The Editing Company began its 10th year of business. We have been celebrating our anniversary by offering 10% discounts, 10 complementar...


Zero to What? How to Treat Numbers in Different Editing Styles: A Cheat Sheet

Nov 09, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Here at TEC, it’s our job to provide our clients with the best guidance and advice in the editing and flow of their documents. Recently, we had ...


Take a Break, Editors!

Nov 01, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Editing is hard work, and sometimes it's nice to take a break from editing a particularly difficult piece of text and have a bit of fun. I've collecte...


Ask the Editor: How Do I Prepare for My First Meeting with An Editor?

Oct 12, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Did you know that for TEC's tenth anniversary, we are running a promotion where you can get a free consultation with our Senior Editor, Beth, to discu...


How to Improve Informal Writing in Business Emails

Sep 28, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

    Chances are, you have had a lot of experience or contact with business writing: compiling expense or business reports, writing up cont...


Subject-Verb Agreement

Sep 21, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

  It's pretty simple, right? A singular subject takes a singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. The dog is barking. The dogs ar...


Hot Off the Press! The Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition

Aug 24, 2017 - Beth McAuley

In celebration of the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (both hard copy and digital editions) we thought it would be appropriate t...


Segues: Another Technique for Writing Transitions

Aug 17, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Segues are an important part of writing in any genre, and knowing how to use segues well can be the difference between a successful or not-so-successf...


Two Men and a Printing Press: Keeping Alive the Art of Typography

Aug 03, 2017 - Anne Fullerton

    We're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but like it or not, when shopping around a bookstore with nothing particular in min...


The Affected Effects of Impact

Jul 27, 2017 - Michael Bedford

Language and the way we use it is undeniably fluid. One doesn't have to look far to find idioms and words that have changed their wording and subseque...


Less Is Not More: How to Write Longer Sentences (if you really have to)

Jul 20, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

  Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is a classic, a compendium of pithy advice for writers who want to get their ideas across clearly and...


Put the Brakes on Bad Breaks!

Jul 13, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Do you know the appropriate place to break a word like "friendship" or "disenfranchised"? Word breaks aren't something many peopl...


Stumped by the Subjunctive

Jul 06, 2017 - Beth McAuley

I recently subscribed to the Globe and Mail for the Friday and Saturday editions. Friday's paper includes the Report on Business the last Friday of ea...


An Insider’s Tale of the Canadian Opera Scene: A Review of Dr. Bartolo’s Umbrella

Jun 29, 2017 - Anne Fullerton

Dr. Bartolo's Umbrella and Other Tales from My Surprising Operatic Life By Christopher Cameron Published by Seraphim Editions, 2017   Form...