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Thank you, Editors Toronto volunteers

By Berna Ozunal

Thank you, Editors Toronto volunteers

At Editors Toronto, volunteers are the lifeblood of the branch. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity and know-how of volunteers to perform a variety of tasks. Our volunteers host seminars, contribute to our blog, mentor others, and represent us at educational institutions and events like Word On The Street.

If you are a member and an editor working in Toronto—or you want to be an editor working in Toronto—think about volunteering! It is a great way to learn about the industry and gain experience for your resumé. You’ll also have many opportunities to network and socialize with other editors. In the Editors Toronto My Rewards program, volunteers earn checks for their contributions. If you earn eight checks, you get $100 off a seminar of your choice. (more…)

The Nitpicker’s Nook: April’s linguistic links roundup

The Nitpicker’s Nook is a monthly collection of language-related articles, interviews, and blog posts. If you read something that would make a good addition, email your suggestion to [email protected].

By Savanna Scott Leslie

The Nitpicker’s Nook: April’s linguistic links roundup

  • As technology improves, is it only a matter of time until translation tools become so adept that language barriers cease to exist? David Arbesú, an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of South Florida, doesn’t think so. He explains why computers can’t match the human mind’s faculty for communication. (The Conversation)
  • A career in editing lends itself pretty well to introversion. Plenty of us relish the ability to work remotely and spend long periods in silence with text. No, really! It’s not just you. A recent study shows that introverts are more likely to care about spelling and grammar mistakes. (The Guardian)
  • Internet: Should the word take a capital when it doesn’t begin a sentence? The folks responsible for the Associated Press Stylebook no longer think so. There’s a good chance this decision will affect some of your edits, and you might not like it very much! (Mashable)
  • In our December 2015 edition of the Nitpicker’s Nook, we saw the Washington Post accept the singular they. Now a major Canadian publication is also declaring its acceptance of the still-controversial pronoun. (The Walrus)
  • Among our colleagues to the south, the singular they and a host of questions about changing usage remain a hot topic. Junnelle Hogen explores some of the discussions that unfolded at this year’s American Copy Editors Society conference in Portland. (ACES)
  • “What are you going to do with a linguistics degree?” If you’re studying linguistics, you’ve probably heard that one a few times. I certainly did before I switched my major to philosophy—ever the pragmatist. Steph Campisi, a copywriter, brand strategist, and children’s author, explains how her linguistics background has helped her career. (Superlinguo)

Savanna Scott Leslie is an editor and publishing consultant, and she’s also one of those former Torontonians who now call Hamilton home. Despite her philosophy degree, she’s gainfully employed.

This article was copy edited by Sylvia McCluskey.

Five steps to successfully editing for a controlling client

By Jessica Trudel

Five steps to successfully editing for a controlling client

To outsiders, editing seems like a very straightforward process: read a document, fix the mistakes, and rinse and repeat. What we editorial insiders know, though, is that no two editing projects are exactly alike.

Think about it. Each project you work on involves a new and different

  • client
  • document
  • intended audience
  • purpose

Your editing process will have to adapt to these and many other factors. (more…)

Book review: Penguin and the Lane Brothers: The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution, by Stuart Kells

(Released August 2015)Penguin and the Lane Brothers

By Ana Trask

Penguin Books has been an international literary treasure—a cultural institution that remains a stronghold in the publishing market—since its inception in the 1930s. The 2013 merger with Random House further cemented its omnipresence in the literary scene. However, despite its decades-long prominence, accounts of Penguin’s history have been incomplete and erroneous. Stuart Kells seeks to set history straight in this meticulously researched, unbiased biography of the publishing behemoth and its founders.

When Kells wrote this book, Wikipedia listed Allen Lane as the sole founder of Penguin Books. In fact, all previous biographies of Penguin focus on Allen, whom the public hailed a publishing genius. So how did a man whose favourite book was The Culture of the Abdomen: The Cure of Obesity and Constipation establish a publishing empire? The answer is he didn’t.

Kells unearthed a vast array of sources to reveal that the lesser-known Lane brothers, Richard and John (who were co-founders with Allen and held equal ownership), were not only instrumental in the hatching of Penguin but also the wings that made this flightless bird soar. Richard in particular was the ongoing driving force, as John was killed during World War II. Richard rightfully takes centre stage in this story; this book might as well have been subtitled The Untold Story of Richard Lane. He was the true “architect” of Penguin. (more…)