Running Text

A blog about editing & writing

Finding a Niche

One of the great pleasures of being a freelance editor is working on a wide range of subjects. Last fall, I went from cultural anthropology to human sexuality to criminal conspiracy to Canadian history. The variety keeps boredom at bay and expands my mind (and provides plenty of material for both small talk and deep […]

Lists: The Editor’s Essential Tools

Editors make lists. Good editors make lots of lists and refer to them constantly. Two kinds of lists are essential: the style sheet and the checklist. The style sheet lists choices that have been made for a given project—preferred terms and their preferred spelling, when to spell out numbers, documentation style, and so on. Even […]