April 29 is the tenth annual Independent Bookstore Day, and the Professional Editors Network is pleased to once again be sponsoring the Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport.
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Twitter Chats for Editors
A lot of editors spend a lot of time on Twitter. One of the many ways they interact with each other is through tweet chats—structured group discussions scheduled for a specific day and time and using a specific hashtag so people participating can see what the others are saying.
“Born Accessible” Publishing
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to use technology more than ever. But it’s also shined a light on the gaps in access that prevent some people—especially those with visual or hearing impairments—from using technology, or from enjoying the same ease of use many of us do.
9 Tips for Freelancers on LinkedIn
A few small changes can make a big difference in your LinkedIn presence.
Digging Into Fact-Checking
I was born persnickety. It’s a good thing, too, for my chosen career is working with words every day, striving to get things right. Most days I fill this role as an editor, but some days I wear the fact-checking hunting cap instead: same goals, different job.
Free Tax Resources for Minnesota Freelancers
Taxes can be confusing even if you have a single W-2 job, and things get more complicated when you’re a freelancer. Luckily, there are resources you can take advantage of to make sure you’re doing your taxes right or even have someone do them for you—all for the attractive price of free. Here are some of the ones available for freelancers who live in Minnesota.
10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Professional Directory Listing
For many professionals, getting a directory listing is one of the big perks of joining an association like the Professional Editors Network. So how do you set yourself apart?
Using Tact to Critique a Manuscript
It’s an integral part of the work of editing, but it makes many editors anxious—especially when they’re not sure how the client will respond. Here is what PEN member Janet Bridgland had to say about her personal strategy.
A Technical Editor’s Rules on Rule Breaking
In my professional life, I work on technical materials in subjects like renewable energy, toxicology, and finance—areas in which accuracy and precision of language are critical.
Attend the Virtual 2020 Twin Cities Book Festival
Learn about this year’s all-virtual Twin Cities Book Festival and how you can win a free year of PEN membership!
Using Online Communities to Solve Editorial Questions
Last year, I had the pleasure of copyediting a book by a local musician. Just before the book was going to print, a well-known author, who was an acquaintance of the musician, submitted a blurb to be included in the book.
Announcing PEN’s All-Virtual 2020-2021 Event Lineup
Check out the topics we’ll be covering this season!
How to Use Custom Dictionaries in Microsoft Word
Although a spell-checker is no substitute for proper editing, it’s a helpful tool for any freelancer.
11 Tips for Working from Home
Many of us are freelancers with years of experience working from home, but thanks to COVID-19, a lot of other people are doing it for the first time—temporarily or long-term.