7 Tips to Mastering a Style Manual Update

Stack of style guides

How do you adjust to a major update of a favorite style manual? Follow these 7 tips. Read the article and then sign up for my session “Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of ‘Posts It Now or Lose Your Audience” at MagsWest in Vancouver on March 1, 2019.

How to Create Compelling Copy

A Shark's Perspective

I had a great chat with Kenneth Kinney of A Shark’s Perspective – Marketing Podcast! about creating marketing copy people want to read–and how it starts with strategy. Listen on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Or visit A Shark’s Perspective to subscribe. Thanks, Shark!

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Strategies for Growing Your Editing Business
March 27, 2019, 1-3 pm; Pre-confernce Workshop
ACES 2019 Conference
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How to Edit Marketing Copy
March 30, 2019, 10:30-11:30 am
ACES 2019 Conference
Editors often cringe at promotional language. Do marketers have no respect for the English language? Of course they do. But marketers are working to build trust and help close the sale. In this session, you’ll learn specific tips for editing marketing copy to be error free and trustworthy.

Understanding Your Freelance Pricing Feedback Loop–with Jake Poinier
March 30, 2019, 1:15-2:15 pm
ACES 2019 Conference
Do I charge enough? How many more clients do I need to make the money I want? Your ideal rates can’t be found in an industry survey — and they’re not restricted by what you’ve charged in the past. In this session, you’ll learn: 1) the strategic way to price and estimate, and 2) how to decode your business’s black box, using the data from past projects to earn more and maintain your sanity. Your business goals are unique, but using a feedback loop to make smart decisions for your company is universal to every editing business … and the math isn’t hard!

How to Edit Web Copy Without Lowering Your Standards
April 24, 2019, 6:30 pm
EFA Boston
There 15.4 billion English words on the internet. Someone has to be responsible for ensuring they’re the right words. Why shouldn’t it be you? In this webinar, veteran web editor Erin Brenner will teach you the basics of web writing style and how to approach editing those 15.4 billion words.

Using Business Information to Increase Your Profits
June 8-9, 2019
Editors Canada
Do I charge enough? How many more clients do I need to make the money I want? Your editing business has a black box of information that will help you answer these questions and more. In this session, you’ll learn how to decode your business’s black box and what to do with the information to earn more while maintaining your sanity. And the math isn’t hard!

6 Responses to

  1. Mark McDaniel says:

    Erin, I hope you have time for a non-business question… and that you have mercy on an English teacher! My sophomores are writing that adverbs not only tell when, how, where, and to what extent but also… “why.” And they showed me this on several websites. I asked them for an example of this case. Can you give me a clear example?
    (Don’t worry—I’m not one of those teachers who only teach grammar for simple lesson planning. I teach it so they will understand what I’m saying about their writing.)

    • Erin Brenner says:

      Hi, Mark! No, I’ve never heard of adverbs that tell why. Adverb categories seemed to be fairly consistent across grammar theories. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English‘s semantic categories for adverbs are pretty representative: place, time, manner, degree (consisting of amplifiers/intensifiers, diminishers/downtoners), additive/restrictive, stance (consisting of epistemic (e.g., certainty or doubt), attitude, and style), and linking (consisting of enumeration and addition, summation, apposition, result/inference, contrast/concession, transition).

      It’s possible they or the websites they’re referencing are parsing words that answer why as adverbs, while most grammarians would parse them differently. But without an example, I can’t imagine what that might be. If the students’ resources aren’t coming up with examples, then I’d say it’s not a provable theory and most likely incorrect.

      I hope that helps!

  2. Can anyone tell me the difference between the noun and Noun clause?

  3. Judy Lund says:

    You are going to think that this is some crackpot request, but I need help. I was a copy editor my whole career, which explains this quest. I am giving a talk in a few weeks about the author Peter May and his book, Blowback. And I want to talk about Michelin-starred restaurants. Is it a 3-star Michelin restaurant or a Michelin 3-star restaurant. I see it both ways but want to be correct. Please advise. Thank you. (I was a copyeditor in the Betty Crocker Kitchens for 32 years.)

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