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Planning on Self-Publishing? Then Build Your Publishing Schedule Well in Advance

Jun 09, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo & Beth McAuley

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood things about the editing and publishing process is just how long it can take. If, for example, you have complete...

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Ryerson’s Publishing Program: Insights and Inspirations from Two of TEC’s Editors

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Editor/writer  /  Language & editing
Jun 02, 2021 - Ronnie Morris & Samantha Rohrig

Ryerson University’s Publishing Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!    Founded in 1990, the Certificate in Publishing is the larg...

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On Publishing Play-Scripts: 4 Pointers for Playwrights Looking to Publish

May 26, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Although some of the steps that playwrights take on their journey to publication are similar to those taken by authors seeking publication, there are ...

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Canadian and American Spelling in Action: A Sampler

May 19, 2021 - The TEC Team

Canadian vs. American spelling variation isn't a topic we have talked about recently, but it is definitely a subject that continues to remain relevant...

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No Agent? No Problem! 10 Canadian Indie Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

May 11, 2021 - Michael Bedford

New Canadian authors working without the benefit of representation are probably familiar with House of Anansi and Douglas & McIntyre as being Cana...

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Publishing Plans for Authors: Why Managing Your Journey Is Important

May 05, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Well, a publishing plan is exactly what it sounds like: it involves scheduling and planning for the writing and publishing ...

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Active vs. Passive Voice: Understanding How and Why They Work

Apr 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Although there are some who would advocate for a world free of passive-voice constructions, an all-out ban on this wrongfully maligned verbal form wou...

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Why Is My Document So Marked-Up? Understanding Track Changes and the Editing of Your Document

Apr 21, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Picture this: you’re an author who has just sent your first manuscript off to an editor for a professional copy edit. Eventually, the editor returns t...

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Learning to Honour the Writer’s Voice

Apr 14, 2021 - Ronnie Morris

For our blog just a few weeks ago I was asked about the best piece of editing advice I ever received. I had actually only recently had an epiphany abo...

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Find Your Forte with Editorial Niches

Editing  /  Style  /  Book reviews
Apr 07, 2021 - Samantha Rohrig

niche /niːʃ/  noun 1.  a shallow recess, esp. in a wall to contain a statue etc. 2.  a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment. 3. ...

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Perfection: A Perfect Trap

Mar 30, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Here at The Editing Company, we occasionally have to answer a familiar question from an inquiring caller: “How can you guarantee perfection?” This is ...

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Ask the TEC Editors: What Is the Best Editing Advice You’ve Received?

Mar 24, 2021 - TEC Editors

Spring is here, and as the trees start to bud, and the snowdrops and crocuses start to poke their green tips out of the dirt, it’s hard not to think a...

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Resources and Tips to Help Editors Stay Current

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Usage
Mar 17, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Like any profession, editorial work involves keeping up with how professional standards and tools of the trade change over time. Unlike aviation stand...

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Editing with Empathy: Understanding and Sharing the Feelings of Your Author

Mar 10, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As an editor, remaining empathetic and sensitive to the author's needs will always be important. So, we decided to revisit this blog from earlier in t...

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2 Basic Steps to Preparing Your Permissions Request

Mar 02, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

So, you’ve determined you do need to request permission for something you’re using in your book. It might be a poem, it could be an excerpt of text, o...

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Creating the Copyright Page for Your Book: What You Need to Know

Feb 24, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Self-publishing opportunities allow authors to reach their audiences on their own schedules and through their own publishing initiatives. An important...

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6 Tips to Help You Complete Your First Draft

Feb 17, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It's still the beginning of a new year, and that usually means lots of new authors are out there working on the first draft of that book they've been ...

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Using Social Media Icons: What Copyright Allows You to Do

Feb 09, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Newsletters, websites, business cards, advertisements — social media icons are everywhere. These icons are shorthand symbols that can send users to yo...

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

Feb 03, 2021 - Beth McAuley & Lesley-Anne Longo

Copyright and permissions can be a tricky subject for any author to navigate. At TEC, we often get questions and queries from authors about whther the...

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Editing with Empathy: Understanding and Sharing the Feelings of Your Author

Jan 27, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Editing training can teach you many things – grammar intricacies, plotting, structuring, developing proper flow, etc. But there’s more to being an edi...

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Exploring Editing as a Career? 6 Suggestions to Get You Started

Jan 20, 2021 - Beth McAuley & Lesley-Anne Longo

To be an editor is a rewarding career choice. There are so many different types of editing and so many different types of editors. And for those in th...

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Attention New Authors! 5 More Indie Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

Jan 18, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Independent Canadian publishers help define the Canadian literary scene. In 2019, we published the first listing of 5 such publishers for emerging aut...

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What Does “Heading A” Mean? Some Key Editing Terms Explained

Jan 14, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Editorial work entails a variety of different jobs. These include substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. Because the process of editoria...

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

Dec 16, 2020 - 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...

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Inclusive Writing: It’s Not About Political Correctness

Dec 09, 2020 - Michael Bedford

Inclusive writing is often confused with politically correct writing, but political correctness isn’t an author’s main goal when writing inclusively. ...