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A Guide to Decluttering Your Writing, or The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Jul 17, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

When I first considered this blog post, I had a brilliant idea. I’d compare it to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up! I’d call it “Th...


What’s the Hook? It Reels in Your Reader’s Attention

Jul 09, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So you’ve finished your book — congratulations! If you want to pursue the route of traditional publishing, it’s time to start thinking of how to put t...


7 Steps to Writing Good Online Content

Jul 04, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Different publishers have different demands. One doesn’t submit the same article to both The New Yorker and the Toronto Sun. These two periodicals hav...


4 Sessions and 2 Keynotes: Soaking Up Book Buzz at Book Summit 2019

Jun 27, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo and Beth McAuley

On June 18, 2019, we attended Book Summit 2019 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. It was a gorgeous day to be on the waterfront — breezy, warm, and not...


EditorCon: Reflections on the Editors Canada 40th Anniversary Conference

Jun 19, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

On June 7, a perfect, sunny, 20 degree day, I arrived in Halifax. I breathed in the sea air after many months of life in Toronto, headed straight to t...


From the Archives: The Art of Synopsis Writing

Jun 12, 2019 - Nina Hoeschele

A few weeks ago an author approached The Editing Company for some help with rewriting the synopsis of her manuscript. I was lucky enough to be p...


Behind the Scenes at the Anansi Bookshop

Jun 06, 2019 - Jean Mathew

When I moved to Toronto three years ago to become a part of Canada’s publishing scene, I got a job working at the Anansi Bookshop, and it was surreal....


Pondering the Meaning and Role of Archaic Words — And, Yes, We Can Still Use Them

May 29, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

A few years ago, I decided to celebrate my love of Regency and Victorian literature by getting a tattoo of the word “ardent,” paying homage to Pride a...


Submissions Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts When Submitting a Manuscript - Part 1

May 22, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

 So, you've finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Now, it's time to think about next steps. If your dream is to be traditionally published, then ...


Editors Canada: Forty Years of Editorial Vigilance

May 15, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Editors Canada’s website describes its mission statement thus, “Editors Canada promotes professional editing as a key in producing effective communica...


You Need Permission to Reprint That! What This Means & Why Authors Must Pay Attention to It

May 08, 2019 - Beth McAuley & Lesley-Anne Longo

Anyone writing a manuscript — be it a book, a journal article, a blog, a newsletter — has to understand only one thing about wanting to reprint materi...


What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing — A Review

May 01, 2019 - Jonathan Adjemian

What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing, edited by Peter Ginna and published by U of Chicago Press (2017), takes on an ambitious...


The Value of Having Your Thesis or Dissertation Edited by a Professional Editor

Apr 25, 2019 - Melissa MacAulay, Guest Blogger

Having your thesis or dissertation edited by a professional editor can be an incredibly valuable investment. After all, a graduate degree is typically...


How to Use the Semicolon to Connect Your Thoughts & Clarify Your Meaning

Apr 16, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

As an icebreaker activity in one of my publishing courses, a teacher asked us to give our names, what we liked to read for fun, and what our favourite...


Publishing Plans for Authors: Why Managing Your Journey Is Important

Apr 11, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Here at TEC, we’ve created many publishing plans for our non-fiction authors who have contracted us for our Publishing Cons...


Editorial First Steps: Looking Back on “Encourage Young Writers Day”

Apr 08, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Starting an editorial career can be a complicated undertaking. Whether pursuing a career as an employee at an established company or starting out on o...


A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Writers & Editors

Mar 28, 2019 - Jean Mathew

From its role in political elections, influencing fashion and beauty standards, launching careers, and empowering the activists of today, social media...


Possessives: Some Basic Rules on Using “s” and an Apostrophe

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style
Mar 20, 2019 - Jonathan Adjemian

The most common mistakes with grammar often involve seemingly simple things. In English, possession is indicated using an apostrophe and, usually, an ...


Editorial Women: Then and Now

Mar 13, 2019 - Michael Bedford

A famous editor might sound like a contradiction in terms to some, but for those plugged into the literary world there are a few names that pop up tim...


To Friend or Unfriend? The Evolution of Nouns into Verbs

Mar 06, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

In 2009, “unfriend” was the Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, leading to teeth-gnashing of grammar purists across the world. How could th...


Freedom to Read Week: Fighting Censorship for 35 Years

Feb 13, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Whether the instigating factor in a book-banning campaign is religion, sexual expression, “anti-establishment attitudes,” or some other vague concern,...


How Canadian Cities Are Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth

Feb 06, 2019 - Jean Mathew

Cities across Canada are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with film screenings, gallery exhibitions, dance parties, and galas. If you’re wondering what ...


Ask the Editor: Some Common Myths About What We Do

Jan 30, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

There are many myths out there about the editing profession, and there are many myths about editors. An editor is many things, so we know that what we...


Tidying-Up Your Academic Writing: The Magic of the Reverse Outline

Jan 24, 2019 - Melissa MacAulay

January is the time of year when we begin hearing from students who need help with their dissertations, theses, and papers. To help them out, we're re...


The Online World of Grammar and Usage: Reliable Online Editorial Resources

Jan 16, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Although you’re unlikely to find many writers or editors willing to give up the hard copies of their dictionaries or style and usage guides, working a...