Editing Services Blog July 2007
Jul 31, 2007, Jerry Seinfeld's Shares a Writing Secret
I confess that I never expected to learn anything about writing from Jerry Seinfeld. Somehow the fact that he was a stand-up comic who had to turn out new material -- jokes need to be written by someone -- hadn't made its way into the writing part of my brain.
Jerry clearly thinks of himself as a writer, and when asked how to be a better comic, he answered with advice on how to become a better writer. . .
. . .with a big calendar and a red marker.
Jul 30, 2007, Watch a Novel Grow
For the chance of a lifetime, tune in to Sounds Like Canada on CBC Radio One. It's 10 a.m. in BC and I think the same elsewhere that gets the signal.
You'll get to follow along -- and participate if you want to: I did -- as Kevin Sylvester writes a young adult novel in public.
Neil Flambe is a teen prodigy chef who solves mysteries.
What I've enjoyed about listening to this series is the way Kevin researches his subject and responds to criticism.
The link to Kevin's site is below and you can get a flavor or what he's doing there. But in my opinion, the real juice is in the radio program.
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Jul 27, 2007, Educative Edit
What is an educative edit? Why was it developed? How can it help you to reduce your editing fees in the future?
Jul 26, 2007, Editor's Credentials -- What You Need to Know
An editor answers: How do you check an editor's credentials? What credentials must an editor have?
Jul 25, 2007, Editor Costs
Hiring an editor can seem expesive. Lee Haffner tells what it cost her when she didn't hire an editor for her book.
Jul 24, 2007, Happy Birthday Helvetica
In 1957 a new font entered the world of typography. Created by a Swiss man, it came to be called Helvetica after the Latin form of Switzerland Confederatio Helvetica.
A san serif font (The letters don't have little "feet."), its neutral appearance makes it a good choice when you want to focus on the message instead of the font.
Its overwhelming popularity may have stemmed from its adoption by Lettreset in the 1960s. For those of you too young to know about Lettreset, it was the tool lay people used to create professional-looking copy by rubbing pressure sensitive letters onto the final copy.
Helvetica has stood the test of time and is the font used on Greyhound buses and American Airlane jets. Toyota uses Helvetica as does the Canadian government. And if you use a Mac, like I do, you will see it on the dialogue boxes and other text used by the Mac OSX.
Helvetica is also in use for the Cyrillic, Hebrew and Greek alphabets.
Although you don't want to use Helvetica for everything you write, you probably read many messages written in this well-used font every day.
And why should you care?
If you are a self-publishing writer, paying attention to the font is only one of the details you will consider when your book is ready for production.
Jul 24, 2007, What is an editor?
An editor answers the questions: What is an editor's job? What are the qualities of a good editor?
Jul 23, 2007, How To Be A Mystery Writer Without Being Confusing
Do you know how to avoid the common mistakes a mystery writer makes? What does it take to write a good mystery?
Jul 20, 2007, Should You Publish or Self-Publish,