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Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of “Post It Now or Lose Your Audience”

Copyeditors are asked to edit faster and do more in less time. How can you keep up? Train like an athlete so you can hit the ground running!

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Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of “Post It Now or Lose Your Audience”

  1. 1. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Presented by Erin Brenner Right Touch Editing erin@righttouchediting.com @ebrenner Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of “Post It Now or Lose Your Audience” #SfEPTO2019
  2. 2. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Be Prepared #SfEPTO2019
  3. 3. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Do More in Less Time 1. Know your resources. 2. Know your tools. 3. Create a triage plan. #SfEPTO2019
  4. 4. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Know Your Resources #SfEPTO2019
  5. 5. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com The House Style Guide 1. Review recent changes and new entries. 2. Review items you haven’t used in a while. 3. Review the front matter. Learn more: “7 Tips to Mastering a Style Manual Update” at righttouchediting.com/2018/12/19/7-tips- to-mastering-a-style-manual-update/. #SfEPTO2019
  6. 6. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Annotate Your Style Guide • Make notes • Highlight text • Flag items • Bookmark pages • Create digital shortcuts #SfEPTO2019
  7. 7. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Style Manual and Dictionary Download Colleen’s tips at: nola.copydesk.org/wp-media/styleguide2012.pdf #SfEPTO2019
  8. 8. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Personal Style Sheet Don’t have a good template? Download mine at righttouchediting.com/resources/. #SfEPTO2019
  9. 9. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Grammar & Editing • Conferences • Books & booklets • Classes & webinars • Workbooks & exercises • Word games & puzzles • Podcasts & blog posts
  10. 10. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Know Your Tools #SfEPTO2019
  11. 11. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Checklists! • Include all the steps you follow • Review it periodically • Keep it up to date Download my web editing checklist at righttouchediting.com/resources/. #SfEPTO2019
  12. 12. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Content Management System • Learn its quirks • Find the shortcuts Save the keystrokes! #SfEPTO2019
  13. 13. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Microsoft Word Make use of: • Macros • Templates • AutoCorrect • Shortcuts • PerfectIt! #SfEPTO2019
  14. 14. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Text-Expanding Software More at techwiser.com/text-expander-apps- for-windows/. #SfEPTO2019 textexpander.comphraseexpander.com
  15. 15. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Sticky Notes! #SfEPTO2019
  16. 16. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Create a Triage Plan #SfEPTO2019
  17. 17. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Talk with Your Boss Share: • Your efficiency steps • Timing of tasks #SfEPTO2019
  18. 18. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Bring Visuals #SfEPTO2019 Read more: “Making the Case for Copyediting” at righttouchediting.com/2019/02/20/making-the-case-for- copyediting/.
  19. 19. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Share Your Triage List 1. Libel! 2. Organization 3. Logic 4. Title, teaser, lede 5. Brand items 6. Links 7. Names and titles 8. Grammar, usage, spelling 9. Style #SfEPTO2019
  20. 20. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Triage SEO What’s most important to your pub? • Images? • Meta title? • Meta descriptions? • Keywords? • Topics or categories? #SfEPTO2019
  21. 21. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Triage Fact-Checking 1. Libel 2. Embarrassing errors 3. Logic errors “director of the widgets, gadgets, and grommets department”  “director” For more: “6 Tips to Fact-Checking as a Copyeditor” at righttouchediting.com/2019/02/20/6-tips-to-fact- checking-as-a-copyeditor/. #SfEPTO2019
  22. 22. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Publish Now and Thrive! • Know your resources. • Know your tools. • Use a triage plan. Adapt and thrive! #SfEPTO2019
  23. 23. © 2019 Erin Brenner www.righttouchediting.com Resources slideshare.net/erinbrenner righttouchediting.com /resources/ Contact Me erin@righttouchediting.com linkedin.com/in/erinbrenner/ #SfEPTO2019

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