Chances are good if you’re reading this blog, you know me as an editor. Some of you know I’m above average on a good day and decent even when I’m running a fever.
This isn’t something I’m necessarily proud of.
When I was young, my idea of fun was tidying up. Rearrange this shelf, straighten these books in a row, organize crayons in the box according to matching color hues.
I could edit my mother’s grammar by the age of 9 (much to her chagrin — sorry, Mom).
In general, I have always known how things could be made just so.
And I’ve decided that this blog is where I’ll tell you something about being a good editor.
The first order of business is knowing a style guide. It makes you a faster, more reliable editor and creates room to fact check the big things that matter when you’re on a particularly tight deadline.
A good editor knows, for example, precisely how the heartless bastards at the Associated Press (AP) Style Guide have decided all journalists should present information.Read More