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The Subversive Copy Editor: A Short Review

May 06, 2014 - Barbara Kamienski

  Back when I was learning the nuts and bolts of copyediting, one of the tenets our instructor came back to repeatedly was “The Five Cs&rd...


American versus Canadian Spelling: It all Started with Noah

Apr 21, 2014 - Karen Kemlo

Why do Canadians persist in spelling certain words the way we do? Is it a Canadian quirk that we keep all of our British “-our”endings b...


My Second Beginning as an Editor

Apr 14, 2014 - Karen Kemlo

I call my decision to change careers in mid-life my “second beginning.” I realize it’s an oxymoron, but for me it defines the plac...


What's Up @ TEC! March/April 2014 Edition

Mar 24, 2014 - Beth McAuley

It’s hard to believe that the first three months of 2014 are heading into the fourth. Spring for most of us still hasn’t arrived, but ho...


5 Friendly Tips for Writing with Numbers

Mar 11, 2014 - Mary Ann Mazey

   As TEC’s business editor, I edit a variety of documents containing in-text, tabled, charted, and graphed calculations, statistics,...


Writing and Publishing Your Own Book Is a Rewarding Experience

Jan 30, 2014 - David Christopher Manson

I wish to share my experience about writing my first book. Picking up my first run of 30 copies, seeing the cover, seeing the barcode, realizing tha...


What's Up @ TEC! January 2014 Edition

Jan 20, 2014 - Beth McAuley

  It's January 2014! From all of us here at The Editing Company, many good wishes for a prosperous New Year.   We’ve had a busy f...


When Text Speak Enters Our Spoken Conversations

Jan 14, 2014 - Mary Ann Mazey

There’s no question that, for better or worse, texting has brought about a whole new kind of written communication. Certainly, the way we spea...


A Quick Guide to 5 Online Grammar Resources

Dec 26, 2013 - Sara Rozenberg

As editors, we use style guides and resources for particular projects to ensure that we follow consistent guidelines. Every now and then acquaintanc...


4 Important Tips in the Self-Publishing Process

Dec 16, 2013 - Beth McAuley

With the advent of self-publishing, authors are seeking out good advice from editors who can help them navigate the process. There is so much to kno...


How One Young Writer Won the NaNoWriMo 2013 Challenge

Dec 09, 2013 - Jane Waldner

This year, after many years of procrastination, failing, and heartbreak, I decided to give myself one last chance at success: I was going to win NaNoW...


3 Professionals Every Entrepreneur Needs in Their Corner

Dec 03, 2013 - Beth McAuley

When I launched my small business over five years ago, I took a course at the Toronto Business Development Centre. One of the first things I learned w...


2 Simple, Everyday Vocabulary Rules

Nov 26, 2013 - Mary Ann Mazey

 I’d like to take a look at two pairs of words that are increasingly, incorrectly interchanged. No, I’m not talking about your/you&...


What's Up @ TEC! November Edition

Nov 15, 2013 - Beth McAuley

Another November has rolled in, and with it a host of exciting and diverse projects for copy editing and proofreading from business reports to grant...


Punctuation Marks & Symbols: The Comma and the Hashtag

Editing  /  Style
Nov 06, 2013 - Sara Rozenberg

I wanted to write about punctuation marks and symbols because I’m fascinated by their use. When used correctly — that is, according to s...


A Halloween Word Treat from The Editing Company

Oct 18, 2013 - Mary Ann Mazey

Mid-October is that wonderful time of year when the air takes on a fresh new chill, the leaves turn their rich autumn colours … and rubber ba...


Books Are Well and Alive at the Art Book Fair in New York City

Oct 04, 2013 - Sara Rozenberg

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the eighth annual New York Art Book Fair a couple of weekends ago, an event I’ve been wanting to go t...


How to Make the Most of Word On The Street

Sep 19, 2013 - Jessie Hale

This Sunday, September 22, the streets around Queen’s Park will turn into a paradise for book lovers. Writers, book publishers, literacy organ...


What's Up @ TEC!

Sep 13, 2013 - Beth McAuley

Copy editing and proofreading of business reports, academic manuscripts, publisher’s manuscripts, website copy, grant proposals — t...


6 Simple Steps to Becoming a Confident Abbreviation User (CAU)

Editing  /  Style
Aug 02, 2013 - Jessie Hale

From the Jersey Shore (anyone up for GTL?) to high government offices (the GOP signed an MOA with the DED!), abbreviations are handy little tools ...


My Time at The Editing Company: A Retrospective

Jul 26, 2013 - Nina Hoeschele

Way back in December of 2010, I was fresh off an editorial internship and looking for a place to put my newly sharpened skills to work. Back then, T...


A North American English: From Imperial to Metric and Other Word Choices

Jul 18, 2013 - Avery Peters

A Road Trip   Last month, my husband and I went on a road trip in California. It was a welcome relief from a crazy winter of study. We sh...


What's Up @ TEC! July 2013 Edition

Jul 18, 2013 - Nina Hoeschele

  July is officially here — as is Toronto's annual tradition of pretending to be a furnace. Our tips for handling the heat and humidit...


The Ten-Day MBA Challenge: Day One

Jul 14, 2013 - Beth McAuley

Day One, July 14, 2013   I have signed on as a student of Steven Silbiger’s Ten-Day MBA program. Silbiger is a senior director of ...


What's the Deal with Canadian Spelling?

Jun 27, 2013 - Nina Hoeschele

  I have a good friend who's a copy editor, just like me — except that she does it about 700 kilometres southeast of here. Or, in her es...