Category Archives: editing

Your Document is Sick! Whom Do You Call?

A couple weeks ago, I started getting a ringing in my ears, as if my eardrums had been hammered by a rock concert. The problem–tinnitus—lasted an entire day. I looked around the internet to see what I could do on … Continue reading

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Writing a First Draft

One of my favorite things to write in any job is a first draft. The blank piece of paper or the blank screen with the flashing cursor seems to taunt some people. If you’re someone who dreads writing the first … Continue reading

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Rereading Your Content

My primary job these days comprises writing and editing training and development materials. Every 3-6 months, the customer makes changes to the content, which can affect specific presentation slides or whole sections of the training materials. Accepting the changes is … Continue reading

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Dig a Hole, Fill It: The Nature of Repeat Work

While I am a huge fan of writing first drafts of content, I often end up doing a lot of repeat work. This isn’t because I’ve made mistakes and have to do the work over (though that has happened on … Continue reading

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Query Letters

Having narrowed myself down to three best-fit publishers, I now have to start selling my manuscript. The most common tool in the process is the query letter or email. A query letter is just what it sounds like: a question … Continue reading

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