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4 Twitter Tips from TEC's Social Media Coordinator

Aug 01, 2018 - Jean Mathew

Being good at social media is important for everyone. And I mean everyone. From Starbucks to The Editing Company to your own personal account—recogniz...

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

Jul 25, 2018 - Laura Cameron

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

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Summertime Theatre Roundup!

Jul 18, 2018 - Michael Bedford

If you're looking for an intimate one-person show, a Mirvish-level musical, or a production somewhere between the two, Toronto is a great place to cat...

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Ask the Editor: How Do I Get an Agent?

Jul 05, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  So, you’re moving into the finishing stages of writing your book and you’re beginning to think about acquiring an agent. At TE...

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Commas: Curiosity and Concern

Jun 21, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

Commas, for any copy editor—or, for that matter, any copy writer—are a most familiar tool, as well as a potential source of frustration. C...

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Subject-Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns: Take 2

Jun 14, 2018 - Michael Bedford

Back in September 2017, The Editing Company's own Barbara Kamienski wrote a great blog post about the linguistic challenges presented by subject-ver...

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A Post- Post

Editing  /  Usage
Jun 06, 2018 - Laura Cameron

      The postgraduate student researching the rise of postmodernism in the postwar period found herself with post-traumatic stress ...

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

May 31, 2018 - 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 keen-eyed ...

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Editors Shouldn't Text

May 23, 2018 - Nina Hoeschele

We loved this blog when Nina first created it back in 2011. We are reposting it this month in honour of this month's TEC theme of comics! Check out la...

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Super Women: Creative Heroines of the Comic Book Industry

May 16, 2018 - Michael Bedford

      The American comic book industry has historically been a male-dominated enterprise. The names of famous male artists, writers,...

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What’s the Matter with ibid.?

Editing  /  Style
May 09, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

The Latin word ibidem, better known these days by its short form ibid., is one of the technical tools of academic writing and editing. Literally meani...

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3 Things I Learned about the Art of Editing a Comic

May 02, 2018 - Jean Mathew

Behind every delicious comic is a very sharp-eyed editor. Or at least I'd like to think so! I'm mostly a comic writer/illustrator, but over time I lea...

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3 (More) Ways to Avoid Repetition in Writing

Apr 25, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  One of our more popular blogs is 3 Ways to Avoid Repetition in Writing, in which I discus how repetition in writing can disengage your reade...

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On Dramaturgy, Substantive Editing’s Theatrical Cousin

Apr 16, 2018 - Michael Bedord, TEC Freelance Blogger

dramaturgy n. 1 the art of theatrical production; the theory of dramatics. 2 the application of this. dramaturgical adj.   ~Paperback Oxfo...

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Book Review: Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples

Apr 11, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

      It feels appropriate that my first post for the TEC blog is a review of a style guide. In the two months since I've started ...

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A Review of Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation by Ammon Shea

Mar 15, 2018 - Michael Bedford, TEC Freelance Blogger

    Ammon Shea's Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation (Penguin, 2014) is a usage guide of sorts, but far from being a prescrip...

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100 Invoices: How I Grew My Position at TEC

Mar 01, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Recently at TEC, I celebrated something of a milestone – my 100th invoice to the company! Maybe it doesn’t seem like that much of a big de...

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To Err is Human: Take Book Covers, for Example

Feb 22, 2018 - Barbara Kamienski

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Really? While the saying may be metaphorically true, in a literal sense, as any book publishing ...

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Notes from a Town & Country Editor and Writer

Feb 14, 2018 - Michael Bedford, TEC Freelance Blogger

  Having worked as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Grey County, and now the Hamilton area, I've had the opportunity to learn about...

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5 Tips for Writing Engaging Nonfiction

Feb 01, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

I'm open to reading almost anything ­– fiction, nonfiction – as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I w...

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Ask the Editor: Editing with Nervous First-Time Writers

Jan 10, 2018 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It’s been a while since I’ve written an “Ask the Editor” blog post! This time, I’m going to talk about how to make the e...

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A New Holiday Tradition: Reading Great Holiday Books

Dec 20, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As the holiday season moves into full swing, you probably have holiday traditions that you enjoy with your family and friends, or even some traditions...

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The Essential Gift Guide for Editors: 2017

Nov 30, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It can be difficult to choose gifts for editors (or writers!) – choosing a book is often too risky or nerve-wracking, but if not a book, then&he...

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Man! Unbiased Language Can Be Confusing

Nov 23, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

A while back, we at TEC were chatting over lunch about Word On The Street, and I mentioned that I had once manned a booth at the event. The reaction w...

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10 Amazing Things about TEC Turning 10!

Nov 16, 2017 - Beth McAuley

In September, The Editing Company began its 10th year of business. We have been celebrating our anniversary by offering 10% discounts, 10 complementar...