I’m 100% serious, please do not leave messages like this anonymously on tumblr.
If you’re feeling suicidal, please reach out for help.
- Chat anonymously with an Active Listener: 7 Cups of Tea
- Live Chats: crisischat.org (2pm-2am ET) or imalive.org
- National Eating Disorders Association or 1–800–931–2237
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives for Stopping Self Abuse or 1–800-DONT-CUT (366–8288)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1–800–273-TALK (8255) or en Espanol
- The Trevor Project (LGBT crisis intervention) or 1-866-488-7386
- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network or 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?
I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live…
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1. Only you can write this.
2. You were born to write this.
3. People need you to write this.
4. The world is waiting for you to finish this.
5. One day, someone will tell you how much they needed to read this.
6. You can write anything you set your mind to.
7. This has a glimmer of…
Of course it’s relevant! I am a font of indispensable knowledge. I happen to have been quoted in at least two (2) high school English class papers (no srsly… they referenced me as “Quagmire, Query” and it was awesome).
The difference between a copyeditor and a proofreader is the jobs they do and the order in which they do it.
A copyeditor takes the manuscript after it has been written by an author and tweaked by a developmental editor or agent, and they do what people traditionally think of as “editing”: correcting spelling and grammar, checking for consistency, formatting according to house style. There are different levels of copyediting (light, medium, heavy), all of which depend on how much work a particular manuscript needs. Sometimes a copyeditor will leave “queries” (not to be confused with query letters) on the manuscript for the author to answer. These are usually yes or no questions, or fact-checking things like “Hey, did you mean Broadway or Lincoln Street? Because Broadway is one-way going downtown and your character is driving to the burbs.” After copyediting, the author answers the queries, and then the copyeditor does query integration (QI), the act of integrating the author’s answers into the manuscript.
A proofreader generally works on the typeset pages, or at the very least, a draft of the manuscript that has gone through copyediting and query integration. They are checking for any little things the copyeditor missed, or any mistakes introduced by the typesetter. Proofreaders use a special set of marks in the margins to indicate what changes need to be made. The typesetter then introduces the proofreaders corrections into the typeset files before passing the files on to the printer. In general, proofreading is a faster process than copyediting, and it can be a good skill to learn as you ease yourself into learning copyediting. If you’re a broke-ass author and you can only afford one or the other, pick copyediting and then proofread it yourself.
Most freelance copyeditors and proofreaders I know took a career path similar to most other publishing professionals I know (college, grad school or publishing institute, internships), though most of them also took a specific class in copyediting as well. Fun fact: I am a trained copyeditor and proofreader, though it is not my favorite form of editing and I don’t do it often.
Make sense? That’s kind of a very general overview, but there are lots of editors and authors among my minions who can fill you in a little more if you want. Minions?
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This is one reason why I won’t shut up about it.
The comma is probably the most misunderstood (yet most commonly used) punctuation.
For a thorough explanation on the proper use of the comma, read this excellent piece from the New York Times called “The Most Comma Mistakes.”
If you prefer a TL;DR version, read this Quick Guide to Commas from the always excellent Purdue OWL.
If family, friends, shop assistants, complete strangers, and even Santa only remark on how girls look, rather than what they think and do, how can we expect girls to believe that they have anything more to offer the world than their beauty?
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