Team Spotlight: Back to School Edition

Emily Fahey Editing Tips, Team

Have you ever wondered how someone becomes an editor? For this team spotlight we go “back to school” to hear from three current Scribe editors and one Scribe “alumna” about how a unique college degree led to their careers, plus the best editing lesson they learned in school.

Six Steps for Disagreeing with Your Editor—Without Straining the Relationship

Hannah Comerford Book Publishing, Editing Tips

An editor’s job is to make the manuscript marketable, even if it’s at the expense of a writer’s wishes, right? Not necessarily! While an editor might occasionally ask you to “murder your darlings,” their goal is to bring out the best in your writing and they want your feedback even if you disagree. Here are six steps for having a productive disagreement with your editor.

Four Common Mistakes in Online Curriculum

Kriste Solomon Editing Tips, Grammar

Online curriculum is being produced at a higher volume than ever before, much of it being for consumption online through Google Classroom, school newsletters, and, of course, social media. Here are the four most common errors that we see slip through in curriculum editing.

Unpacking CMOS: Run-On Sentences

Hannah Comerford Editing Tips, Writing Tips

There is one type of error that we see come up consistently across skill levels and genres, and that is run-on sentences. But what is a run-on sentence? How do you fix it? Can you ever get away with it? And where does a style guide like CMOS stand on making exceptions to the rule?

Unpacking CMOS: Dialogue

Rachel Sandell Editing Tips, Writing Tips

Whether you’re creating character dialogue or quoting nonfiction, writing speech can be a difficult job to tackle. Should you use double or single quotes? Do you need a comma? Where do you put the ending punctuation? Luckily, The Chicago Manual of Style is here to help. From the many types of discourse to faltering speech, the CMOS is your go-to …

Addressing Racism as an Editor

Karly White Editing Tips

As a summer of major cultural upheaval, partly spurred by the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, and Breonna Taylor, and the subsequent protests over racial inequality, continue, those of us in the editing world must ask, what, if any, changes we must make in our own work. While other industries address racism and diversity in their own ways, editing has its own issues to grapple with.