Resources

Improve your craft! Run your business better! Download task lists and templates to keep your business running smoothly and ebooks on writing and editing. Get book recommendations and find out where to purchase Erin’s webinars.

New! 5 Steps to Adding Persuasion to Your Website. The decisions about what your business website should say and how it should look are mind-boggling. But there’s one thing all business sites need and it doesn’t take a lot to add it: persuasion. Learn to add persuasion to your pro site in five easy steps!

Just added! The Copyeditor’s Typographic Oath. While Erin was with Copyediting, she created the Copyeditor’s Typographic Oath to guide her and fellow editors in how to best balance the needs of the author, publisher, and reader. Download this image to keep copyeditors’ “10 commandments” top of mind! Coming soon: the companion ebook!

Turning Your Editing Career into a Teaching Career. There are dozens of programs out there that provide editor training, and they all need teachers. Sharing your expertise with new editors is not only rewarding but also profitable! Erin Brenner discusses how we learn to edit, what editors need to know to become editing teachers, and the holy grail: where to find teaching positions. CA$42/CA$60. Offered by Editors Canada.

Editing for the Web Without Lowering Your Standards. People visit websites with a need, and if a site doesn’t fulfill that need, they’ll click away before you can say “See ya!” Website editors can help keep visitors reading by shaping and formatting copy to hold readers’ attention. In this session, Erin Brenner teaches you how to edit websites to keep readers interested while upholding grammar and usage rules. CA$42/CA$60. Offered by Editors Canada.

How to Edit Marketing Copy. Editors often cringe at promotional language. Do marketers have no respect for the English language? Of course they do. But marketers are charged with building trust and helping close the sale. In this webinar, you’ll learn specific tips for editing marketing copy to be error free and trustworthy. $59. Offered by the EFA.

Over the Copyeditor’s Shoulder: 5 Approaches to Copyediting. Copyediting is copyediting no matter who does it, right? Not so fast. Hear how 5 editors approach copyediting, from accepting the job to sending the invoice, 5 different ways. You’re guaranteed to pick up some tips for your own business! $79. Offered by the EFA.

Digital Marketing Strategy Worksheet. Before you post a tweet or pay for a Facebook ad, make you sure have a solid marketing strategy behind you. This worksheet will get you started.

DIY Website and Social Media Dashboards. Gather all your website, blog, and social media data in one place. Identify patterns and opportunities to meet your business goals!

Web Editing Checklist. Download this free PDF checklist to ensure your writing is ready for the web!

Web Editing Resources. Raise the professionalism of your client’s website with web editing. Download this free PDF of resources for web editors.

E-books for Writers & Editors. These quick e-books will help you write better, edit better, work smarter, and publish more successfully. What are you waiting for? Jump in!

Business Tools. There are so many little details to running a business. What did you do yesterday? And what should you do today? Go to the Business Tools page and get all kinds of tips and goodies to run your business better.

Resources for the Marketing Editor. Become a marketing editor! In this section, you’ll find a glossary, a downloadable reference list, and information on further training.

Style Sheet. Download this free template to create a style sheet for your next project!

CMS and AP Stylebook Cheat Sheet. Do you have trouble remembering which style uses the Oxford comma? Download this file and find out!

Dictionaries. A dictionary is a writer’s and editor’s best tool. This page lists some of my favorites.

Usage Guides. Usage guides answer readers’ questions on whether a specific usage has changed, how accepted it is, and some common errors in usage.

Style Guides. Should you spell out ten or use numerals? Should you capitalize the first letter in all the words of a title? Your copyeditor can help apply an appropriate style consistently, but you’ll produce cleaner copy if you start with one of these guides.

Thesauruses. What’s another word for … ? If you’ve ever asked this question, you’ll want to check out some of these reference works.

Check back frequently as new content and sections are added!

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