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Peer review versus academic developmental editing

Academic developmental editing involves looking at big picture issues in a text. It asks questions such as: how does the text hold together as an interesting and convincing piece of writing? Does it meet the conventions of its genre? Does it speak to the audiences it aims to engage with? Is the author’s message clear …

Review: Ready Player One

I both loved this book and really disliked parts of it. If you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about. The text below contains some spoilers. Key details: Author: Ernest Cline POV/Viewpoint character: First person, immersive. Wade Watts (online avatar: Parzival) – an orphaned teenager living in the ‘stacks’ in Ohio, the mid-twenty-first century equivalent …

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Contextual Distance and Exposition

This post discusses: exposition in ethnography and SFF writing contextual distance, a new concept for understanding the need for exposition the uses of exposition in fiction Exposition What does ethnography have in common with science fiction and fantasy writing? Extensive use of exposition is arguably one point of common ground. SFF authors create new imaginary …

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5 reasons NOT to hire me to edit your manuscript

Let’s keep this simple … why should you NOT hire me to edit your manuscript? This post covers: common reasons why editor–author collaborations fail why you may not want to hire me to edit your manuscript how you can save money, time, or both, by finding the right person for your manuscript several differences between …

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An English-language Editor Takes the Mandarin HSK3 Exam

UPDATE (21/12/21): Scroll to the bottom to find out how I did! The HSK exams test knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. I took the HSK 3 exam on Saturday 11 December. This level tests lower-intermediate (A2–B1) skills. I passed the HSK2 exam one year ago, but this level does not require knowledge of Chinese characters, so …

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5 translation pitfalls in the narrative social sciences

Historians, social anthropologists, and qualitative sociologists often work across different cultural and linguistic contexts. For example, you might do your research in German or Croatian, but publish some of it in English. All of these endeavours involve a kind of cultural translation. They often include the translation of interview excerpts, field observations, and academic texts …

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Book review: Networking for Freelance Editors

Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success by Brittany Dowdle, Linda Ruggeri Find out more on their website here Network like a heroine! Networking can seem scary and intimidating. No more so than for introverts, of whom there are many in the editorial world. This book aims to change this perception! On the first few …

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Filter words: how to include thoughts and feelings in ethnography

This blog post covers: Narrative distance in ethnography Filter words and reported thought Fiction writers are lucky! They have a range of options they can use to describe characters’ thoughts and feelings. In creative non-fiction, there are a few more constraints. We can’t go head-hopping or second guessing the thoughts of characters in a memoir …

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Thinking through points of view (POV) in ethnographic writing

This post: Covers the basics of POV in fiction writing Examines the use of the first person limited in ethnography Discusses possible pitfalls What is POV? Points of view (POVs) are present in all texts. Put simply, they are the position from which the narrative is being told. In academic non-fiction, authors often jump between …

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Leaving academia: how to leave and start an editorial business

This post on leaving academia and starting an editorial business covers: Skills you already have Skills and knowledge needed to successfully transition from academia to running an editorial business Copyediting and the pitfall of prestige When I hit thirty, I started thinking about exit strategies from academia. While I loved the research, writing, sharing of …