The Top Eight Websites I Can’t Live Without

Fact checking is a vital part of any copy editor’s job. Copy editors should check not only authors’ facts; they should also check their own facts when replying to authors in comments or queries. Because even copy editors can hold mistaken presumptions.

For example, I recently was preparing a reply to another editor’s blog post, in which I meant to illuminate the difference between homonyms and homophones (a difference I had not long before seen someone else point out in a LinkedIn discussion). Before I clicked “Post,” however, I did something important. I looked up the definition of “homonym.” Read the rest of this entry »

Must-Have Proofreading Tools; or, What’s in My Purse

Note: This week I went to OfficeMax and stocked up on my favorite pens, so I thought I’d tell you about them and some other of my essentials. If you’re someone who interprets proofreader’s marks (maybe even mine), perhaps this will give you some insight into my process. If you’re a fellow proofreader and you’ve found something that works better for you, why not share? Leave a reply in the comments box at the end! Read the rest of this entry »