It might sound odd if you’re not already an editor, but the differences in style guides at publishing houses can be a tedious affair if you’re not at least a bit fluent in the main English-language house styles.
Every teacher ever told me to submit papers typed in Times New Roman, twelve-point font, double-spaced; I assumed it was the be-all and end-all of professional-looking typefaces. Times New Roman was so ingrained in my being that the idea of using another typeface hadn’t even occurred to me.
From a copyeditor’s perspective, in-box article submissions can carry a vibe akin to the wild west, with authors throwing around rambunctious punctuation all willy-nilly: random ellipses with ambiguous intent, dashes dropped seemingly at random, and the mother of all punctuation faux pas, the exclamation point! What’s a periodical copyeditor to do?
By Rebekah Hunt The Economist reported, in August of 2006, that print journalism has been in decline since 1990. Jobs in the industry fell by 18% between 1990 and 2004, Knight-Ridder sold off its newspapers, and New York Times share prices had been cut in half within four years.The obvious explanation, and the one most […]
By Rebekah Hunt There are a lot of things that are considered to be common knowledge. For example, did you know that karaoke is Japanese for tone-deaf? Did you know that Mr. Rogers was a Navy SEAL? Did you know that chewing gum takes seven years to pass through your digestive system? Well, unfortunately for […]