Editing Mistakes I've Made So You Don't Have To

Speakers

Paula Robertson
Senior Editor, Project Lead The Way

Start

May 12, 2021 - 12:00 PM

End

May 12, 2021 - 1:00 PM

Editing Mistakes I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 12 Noon to 1:00 PM Eastern time (GMT-4)

This webinar takes the  approach to demonstrate what not to do when editing content. The presenter will focus on how to (and how not to) begin and grow the writer/editor relationship. You will learn from the mistakes of a veteran editor, so you can avoid making them yourself.

New editors and those who want to get into editing will find these pointers essential, advance knowledge. More experienced editors may come away saying, “I wish somebody had told me that when I first started in editing.” Even seasoned editor types will benefit from this “been-there, done-that” group therapy session. The presentation details a number of the presenter’s personal learning experiences that all attendees can benefit from.

Covered in this webinar will be:

  • Peer Review Politics. Learn a simple tip about punctuation to avoid offending your colleagues.
  • Color Commentary. Leave no sign of judgment in your comments. Your nuggets of wisdom are not golden after all. Only a few exceptional people enjoy reading the mental rambling in your comments.
  • Markup Mess Up. If you’re over 40, you’ve probably been a victim of a multicolor massacre on paper.
  • Track Changes Tragedy. There’s an art to it; do you have the proper skills?
  •  Found and Lost. Another mechanical problem; Find/Replace is not the editor’s nor the edited’s friend when it comes to editing.
  •  Your Mother Was Right. Politeness counts.

Paula will demonstrate how these collective revelations continue to direct editing habits in daily practice. In her current role as Senior Editor for K-12 curriculum at Project Lead The Way (www.pltw.org), she has found several ways to follow her own advice to avoid these mistakes. Paula has also incorporated ways to educate her colleagues about the writer/editor relationship and document her own style of editing, so the writers don’t have to wonder, “What the heck does she mean by that?”

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