A Generosity of Editors

by Michelle Waitzman Editors sometimes have fun sharing—and inventing—collective nouns for various groups of creatures or people. When it comes to editors themselves, I propose to call the group “a generosity of editors.” When they gather in large (or even modest) numbers, editors are exceedingly generous with their knowledge, experience and wisdom. I was reminded … Continue reading A Generosity of Editors

Book Review: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

by Michelle Waitzman Most people take dictionaries for granted. They are available to us, at home or at school, from the time we first learn to read. Those of us who work with words rely on them regularly. But few of us spend much time thinking about how a dictionary is put together and kept … Continue reading Book Review: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

Book Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt

by Michelle Waitzman Can you tell whether a book was written by a man or a woman, based only on the words the author used? Is the road to hell (or at least to bad writing) paved with adverbs, as Stephen King once claimed? Do American authors write “louder” than British authors? If you’re intrigued … Continue reading Book Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt

Post-script: Professional Editorial Standards in action

by Michelle Waitzman Anyone who has considered (or completed) any of the Editors Canada certifications has probably reviewed Professional Editorial Standards (PES). But how were these standards developed, and what do they have to do with the day-to-day tasks of editors and proofreaders? Editors Toronto’s November program looked at PES through the eyes of four … Continue reading Post-script: Professional Editorial Standards in action

Save your eyes! Tips to reduce computer-related eye strain

By Michelle Waitzman Working in front of a computer monitor all day, as most editors do, takes a toll on your eyes. Here are some tips on how to reduce the eye strain that can lead to fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, and loss of concentration. Beware of Glare Glare is caused by light reflecting off … Continue reading Save your eyes! Tips to reduce computer-related eye strain

Retirement savings for freelancers: What you need to know

by Michelle Waitzman When you’re self-employed, saving for retirement is anything but simple. There’s no employee pension, no group RRSPs, and no steady paycheque to count on. I sat down with Aldwin Chin, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Toronto, to get his insights on how to save for retirement as a freelancer. This … Continue reading Retirement savings for freelancers: What you need to know

Book Review: Life without Envy by Camille DeAngelis

  (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) By Michelle Waitzman Camille DeAngelis is a novelist whose career has had its ups and downs. Like many writers, she often found herself battling self-doubt, jealousy, bitterness, and frustration. She decided that it was time to re-examine her beliefs about herself and her career and, most importantly, to examine her … Continue reading Book Review: Life without Envy by Camille DeAngelis

Getting to know you

By Michelle Waitzman The new year started with a bang for the Toronto branch’s monthly program. The first event of 2017 dispensed with the usual presenter–audience format and devoted the evening to speed networking. Nearly 20 participants paired off to get acquainted for seven to eight minutes at a time. Icebreaker questions were provided for … Continue reading Getting to know you