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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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“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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...