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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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


The Nuts and Bolts of Strong Prose: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Usage
Dec 02, 2020 - Laura Cameron

Punctuation marks are the signposts of prose. They indicate what’s important and where to pause. They add rhythm to your sentences. They help your rea...


Writing During a Pandemic: How to Meet Your Goals and Stay Productive

Nov 24, 2020 - Molly Rookwood

When I first wrote this blog, we were just three months into the worst global pandemic in over a century. It is November and we have been living in th...


6 Methods of Emphasizing Words and Ideas in Writing

Nov 18, 2020 - Michael Bedford

Emphatic writing allows writers the opportunity to drive home the importance of letters, words, phrases, sentences, and ideas. Aside from mechanical c...


Stand Out! 7 Ways to Emphasize the Best of What You Have to Offer

Nov 12, 2020 - Beth McAuley

Imagine you go to your local market to do some shopping. You have your list and you browse the aisles, choosing the products you want and the products...


Confounding Confusables: Part V

Nov 03, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Our blog series on confusables has remained popular over the years, so we thought it was time to post a new list. This one includes some explanations ...


Samhain 2020: Unmasking the Origins of Halloween

Oct 27, 2020 - Michael Bedford

October 2020 is drawing to a close, and pandemic-fatigued children and adults are turning to the warm embrace of holiday nostalgia to help ease their ...


“Back to Basics” Editing Rules

Oct 21, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

In this week's blog, we decided to share some of the most basic editing rules that editors must remember to follow, regardless of what type of text th...


Web Citations: Headache Extraordinaire?

Oct 14, 2020 - Jonathan Adjemian

Citing sources from the internet is something most academic writers do all the time; papers can be written without consulting a single sheet of paper....


Finding Your Flow: A Self-Study Approach to the Academic Writing Process

Oct 07, 2020 - Mary Goitom, PhD, Guest Blogger

Though I can agree with the adage that anyone can write, we seldom take the time to unpack how people come to the writing process. In my world of acad...


5 More Independent Canadian Publishers for Emerging Authors

Sep 29, 2020 - 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...


4 Handy Tips: A Punctuation Primer

Sep 23, 2020 - Melissa MacAulay

We thought we would repost former TEC Editor Melissa’s blog this week to help us review four of the most common punctuation-related errors or inconsis...


Limited Access: Internet Connectivity in Rural Ontario

Sep 16, 2020 - Ronnie Morris

Every year, I get a much-needed break from the city when my family rents a cottage in the country. We thought the COVID-19 outbreak had made that impo...


Buyer Beware: Are You Buying Counterfeit Books?

Sep 09, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

When Toronto declared a lockdown and I knew I’d be working at home indefinitely, I realized I had a problem — I would still be doing editing work, but...