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Crossing the Pond: One Editor’s Transition from Canada to the UK

Nov 24, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

  The past few years in Toronto have been very eventful for me: I've defended my PhD thesis, got married, started my freelance editing career, a...


Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Punctuation* (*But Were Afraid to Ask): A Review of Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks by Keith Houston

Nov 17, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

  Like so many projects,* it started out innocently enough: a book recommendation, interest piqued by a mark recurring throughout the text, a de...


7 Tips for Detecting Canadian Business Editorial Style

Nov 10, 2016 - Beth McAuley

  Imagine you have been asked to write an article for the Rotman Management, the Magazine of the Rotman School of Management at the University o...


All Right, All Right, Alright: How to Use Three More Confusing Word Pairings

Nov 03, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  In the TEC office this month, we have been discussing a number of words and phrases that are easily confused and/or misused. So, for our blog ...


“G’wan, B’y”: A Primer on Cape Breton English

Oct 28, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of introducing my husband and my 7-month-old son to the lovely island of Cape Breton, where my parents grew up....


A TEC Review of Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People

Oct 19, 2016 - Chris Cameron

Zoe Whittall is the award-winning author of four novels and three books of poetry and was TEC's sponsored author at this year's Word On The Street. He...


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

Oct 13, 2016 - 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 ke...


A Halloween Word Treat from The Editing Company

Oct 05, 2016 - TEC Team

Halloween fast approaches, and you may have noticed pumpkins and scarecrows appearing on your neighbours’ stoops, and ravaged racks of cost...


TEC Trick: How to Personalize Your Edits in Track Changes

Sep 28, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Editing using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function is a fairly standard practice today, and it’s easy to see why—it’s neater, faster, and easier fo...


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

Sep 21, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Could your academic writing use a good de-cluttering?   While doing structural editing for a client—especially with graduate students&...


7 Tips for Detecting Business Editorial Style

Sep 15, 2016 - Beth McAuley

Have you ever sat down to write a business article for a journal or a magazine and wondered what the editorial style of the publication was? Perhaps t...


TEC’s Tips for Editing with Track Changes: An Introduction

Sep 07, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

For most editors today, the chance to work some editorial magic on a hard-copy manuscript is not one that comes by very often. For those who might not...


My Three Summer Book Picks

Aug 31, 2016 - Chris Cameron

The Queen of the Night Alexander Chee Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I was given this novel by someone who thought that since I had a background in...


A Traveller's (Short) Reading List

Aug 25, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

The Question of Mitbringsel Part of the preparation for my latest trip to Germany involved shopping for Canadian Mitbringsel (small presents): for m...


The Language of the Olympics

Aug 17, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Even the most sports-illiterate word nerds (I include myself in this category) will have been paying some attention to this month's Olympic Games &mda...


Mysteries & Murders Make for a Chilling Summer

Aug 10, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

In my most recent Kobo shopping spree, I was on the hunt for some great titles to carry me through the summer. I often find that I read certain genres...


Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

Aug 03, 2016 - Beth McAuley

Good business writing is clear and succinct. There are no unwanted words. The meaning is delivered with precision. The right tone, correct usage, and ...


5 Best Grammar Blogs for Authors

Jul 27, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Hello, TEC blog readers! It's been a glorious summer so far, and we hope you have had ample time to enjoy the weather. This week, we are re-posting Le...


I'm Ready for My Aria, Mr. de Mille: Opera Music in Movie Soundtracks

Jul 21, 2016 - Chris Cameron

Along with classical orchestral music, opera has always had a presence on movie soundtracks (having spent three decades as a professional opera singer...


Austen vs Chandler: What Melissa Is Reading

Jul 14, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Since having my first baby earlier this year, my book-reading time has taken a serious hit. In fact, most of my reading for the past four months has c...


Double Quotations vs. Single Quotations: What’s the Difference?

Jul 06, 2016 - Amy Verhaeghe

Double quotations vs. single quotations --  figuring out how to properly use both of these types of punctuation can be confusing, especially depe...


What We're Reading: A Few Picks from TEC Editors

Jun 30, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo and Beth McAuley

Here at TEC, we generally view summer as prime reading time, what with all the vacations, long weekends at the cottage, and general relaxation. We've ...


My Brush with Genius – an Editor Goes to the Movies

Jun 22, 2016 - Chris Cameron

What does an editor do?   We can be correctors, arbiters, hand-holders. We can correct spelling errors or rearrange whole chapters, fix d...


4 Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

Jun 15, 2016 - Lesley-Anne

So you've decided to self-publish a book. That's great! Self-publishing a book can be quite the journey, and it can also be incredibly rewarding. Here...


Canadian and American Spelling in Action: A Sampler

Jun 08, 2016 - Compiled by the TEC TEAM

  Still puzzled by the different Canadian vs. American spellings? Drawing on the three blogs Barbara compiled (A to G, H to P, and Q to Z), we h...