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TEC Editing Tips of the Year: 6 Dos and Don’ts for Authors

Jan 12, 2022 - TEC Editors

It’s 2022, and the start of a new year may be enough for you to feel inspired to tick off some of the items on your to-do list. If one of the items on...


6 Faulty Writing Habits

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Writing  /  Language & editing
Jan 11, 2022 - Lesley-Anne Longo

There’s never a bad time to refresh your writing skills, and now is as good a time as ever (especially if you’re finding yourself with some extra ...


6 Joyful Cocktail Recipes To Get Your Holiday Started!

Dec 21, 2021 - TEC Team

It’s the holiday season, and nothing gets party guests feeling as festive as a delicious cocktail! In this quick blog, we’ll share some great recipes ...


Festivals of Lights: How the Candles and Lights of Winter Holidays Illuminate the Dark

Dec 15, 2021 - Molly Rookwood

As the world grows dark and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, cultures across the globe would normally gather together to drive away the gloom. However...


The Radical History of Book Clubs: Connecting Us through Literature

Dec 08, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

I must admit, before I wrote this blog, I didn’t know much about book clubs. I’ve never been part of one, or had any interest in joining (though I do ...


TEC Treats & Sweets! 5 of Our Editors’ Most-Loved Holiday Recipes

Dec 01, 2021 - TEC Editors

The holidays are here again and, of course, with this special time of year comes memories of holidays past, spent with friends and family. I’m willing...


Avoiding the Supply Chain Naughty List: 5 Ways to Beat the Bottleneck

Nov 24, 2021 - Michael Bedford

With the global pandemic beating what we all hope is a hasty retreat from the news coverage spotlight, global supply-chain problems are now taking up ...


TEC Roundup: Our 6 Most-Visited Blogs in 2021

Nov 17, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Well, 2021 is coming to an end (where did the year go, exactly?), and as 2022 approaches, it’s hard not to look back on the past year and think about ...


5 Tips for Editors on Managing Authors’ Expectations

Nov 10, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Writing fiction and non-fiction presents trade-specific challenges to authors, and editors provide valuable advice that can help turn a manuscript int...


Providing Feedback for Authors: How Editors Can Do It Right

Nov 02, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As humans, we know that receiving critiques and feedback isn’t always easy to do. No one likes to be told that something you did (or are doing) is wro...


TEC or Treat: Our Editors' Favourite Canadian Horror Movies

Oct 26, 2021 - TEC Team

The air is getting colder, the nights are getting darker, and the spookiest season of the year is upon us! For many people, that means watching their ...


Editing as a Conversation with Authors

Oct 20, 2021 - Beth McAuley

In this blog from the archives, we discuss how the exchanges between author and editor become a conversation between the two as a manuscript goes thro...


Everyday Proofreading and Punctuation Marks: What Do They Mean and How Are They Used?

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Proofreading  /  Usage  /  Language & editing
Oct 13, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Pretty much everyone uses punctuation marks in their day-to-day life, whether it’s in texts, emails, professional communications, business writing, le...


A Brief History of the Pilcrow: A Worldly Mark on Proofreading

Oct 06, 2021 - Michael Bedford

The ways that linguistic conventions change over time are sometimes obvious. New dialects and turns of phrase crop up, and many of them gradually chan...


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

Sep 29, 2021 - Jonathan Adjemian

Tomorrow, September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. At TEC, one way we can pay tribute to the day is to...


Learning to Honour the Writer’s Voice

Sep 22, 2021 - Ronnie Morris

Not too long ago, I was asked about the best piece of editing advice I ever received. I had actually only recently had an epiphany about this, so I re...


Spotting Typos: Sometimes We See Them, Sometimes We Don’t

Sep 15, 2021 - Beth McAuley

  In August 2017, Beth wrote this blog when our TEC offices were located on 27 Carlton to express her frustration at spotting  obvious – or perhaps n...


Reflecting on the Number 14: An Auspicious Age for The Editing Company

Sep 08, 2021 - Michael Bedford

The Editing Company is celebrating its 14th year of editorial excellence, and, to mark this milestone, I’m investigating the cultural, numerological, ...


What You Think You Know Is Probably Wrong

Sep 07, 2021 - Laura Cok

We are pleased to repost this blog by former TEC editor Laura Cok. Laura is currently working as a communications specialist with Indigo Books and is ...


Changing Footnotes into Endnotes in Microsoft Word

Aug 30, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

At TEC, we recently helped a client who had a request we hadn’t encountered before—he had written a paper that included many footnotes; however, he ne...


Fact-Checking: The “Behind the Scenes” Editing Work

Aug 17, 2021 - TEC Editors

Why Do We Fact-Check?   As The Chicago Manual of Style points out, in publishing, the author is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of a work. A...


3 Things I Learned about the Art of Editing a Comic

Aug 11, 2021 - Jean Mathew

In this blog from the archives, our former editor Jean Mathew walks us through her experience of creating and editing her first comic book. The artwor...


Take a Break, Editors!

Aug 04, 2021 - 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...


5 Out-of-This-World Tips for Editors of Science Fiction

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Publishing
Jul 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

The process of working on any manuscript presents a range of concerns specific to the manuscript’s intended genre, so don’t get caught with your space...


Editing and Proofreading On-screen and Online Content: From Word to Adobe to Pastel!

Jul 21, 2021 - Samantha Rohrig

The first step in preparing a document for publication is the copyediting of the work. The majority of copyediting tasks today are carried out on-scre...