Get rid of the annoying formatting pop-up when you paste in Word

That tiny icon that pops up whenever you paste something into a Word file can get pretty annoying for an editor. It obscures the text, gets clicked on inadvertently. It’s really just technology getting in the way.   Here is how to turn it off.* PC instructions follow the Mac instructions. Word 14, Mac 2011…

5 Essential Tools for Editorial Freelancers

These are the five tools that an editor of words cannot work without. (Film and broadcast editors, this is not a post for you.) A computer. That goes without saying. Even if you do find that client who lingers in the days of hard copy, you will need at least a tablet (iPad?) for general…

Writing for investors? Avoid these five phrases

guest post by Danielle Arbuckle   Every industry has its own language, and finance is no exception. Some people may think we use this language to confuse readers (i.e., investors) or, worse, to hide important information with our vague, technical wording. I don’t believe that. In my 10+ years as a financial writer and editor,…

Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers, a book review

Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters, by Louise Harnby 28,000 words $6.99 US Available in various ebook formats from Smashwords and Amazon More details on Harnby’s website, Proofreader’s Parlour. Everybody: if you want to be a freelancer, read this book. If you want to be an editor: read it. If you’re…

10 essential background skills for freelance editors

As a teenager, I was told that basic use of standard office equipment was a requirement for entering the workforce. My mom taught me life skills such as replacing light switches, and she also taught me how to use a photocopier, fax, and filing system. Today, most of those skills are obsolete. I’m surprised how…