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Social media round-up – January 2016

In case you missed them, here are some of the most popular links shared across the SfEP’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and blog in January.
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  1. A new Beatrix Potter story is going to be published, with illustrations by Quentin Blake: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/prh-publish-lost-beatrix-potter-story-320848
  2. Method writing sees novelists immerse themselves in their characters’ lives and minds. Is there such a thing as method editing? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35379361
  3. The meaning of fairy tales: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/neil-gaiman-on-the-meaning-of-fairy-tales/
  4. How well do you know the dates, months and seasons which feature in Shakespeare’s year? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35171468
  5. 16 elevating resolutions for 2016 inspired by some of humanity’s greatest minds: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/01/04/resolutions-2016/
  6. How did the months get their names? http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/01/months-names/
  7. 10 secrets from inside @TheSfEP social media team, just some of our brilliant volunteers: http://blog.sfep.org.uk/sfep-social-media-teams/
  8. Penguin Random House UK removes degree requirement from job applications: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/prh-removes-degree-requirement-job-applications-320371
  9. Do you want to increase your freelance rates? http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-increase-your-freelance-rates-8-tips
  10. Free word count tools for PDF, Office and text files: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-free-word-count-tools-pdf-office-text-files/
  11. 10 top proofreading tips for fiction writers: http://www.writing.ie/resources/top-10-proofreading-tips-for-fiction-writers-by-mary-mccauley/
  12. How to take care of your hands and wrists: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-how-to-take-care-of-your-hands-and-wrists/

Margaret HunterPosted by Margaret Hunter, SfEP marketing and PR director

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The SfEP blog’s best bits 2015

By Margaret Hunter
2015 review

The SfEP blog highlights

We’ve covered a lot of ground in the SfEP blog posts over the past year, and there are lots of great tips and advice for editors and proofreaders, as well as some thought-provoking opinions. In case you missed them, or just for the chance to read them again, here is my pick of the highlights, plus the rest of 2015’s ‘best bits’.

Best of the rest

If you would like to write a post for the SfEP blog in 2016, don’t be shy! You can see that we cover a wide range of topics from advice and tips, to professional development and musings on freelance life. We also welcome guest posts from non-members. See the how to contribute page for more information.

Margaret HunterMargaret Hunter is the SfEP marketing and PR director

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP

Social media round-up – October 2015

In case you missed them, here are some of the most popular links shared across the SfEP’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and blog in October.
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  1. An editor on why she proofreads: writethroughitblog.com/2015/09/29/why-i-proofread/
  2. Want to speak with the eloquence of a Jane Austen character? The Jane Austen centre has launched a daily quote app: www.adweek.com/galleycat/jane-austen-centre-launches-a-daily-quote-app/111814
  3. 12 Excel formulas, features and keyboard shortcuts everyone should know: blog.hubspot.com/marketing/excel-formulas-keyboard-shortcuts
  4. The evolution of punctuating paragraphs: mentalfloss.com/article/69847/evolution-punctuating-paragraphs-through-5-specific-markers
  5. Breaking the freelance feast-or-famine cycle: www.ivacheung.com/2015/10/laura-poole-breaking-the-feast-or-famine-cycle-beyond-the-red-pencil-2015/
  6. Who would contact your clients if you got hit by a bus? blog.sfep.org.uk/succession-planning-for-your-business-after-you-die/
  7. Unfinished story … how the ellipsis arrived in English literature: www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/20/unfinished-story-how-the-ellipsis-arrived-in-english-literature
  8. Fact or fiction: 6 things about SEO that you should probably be aware of: www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/fact-or-fiction-6-things-about-seo-that-you-should-probably-be-aware-of
  9. Secrets of the MS Word ‘Ribbon’: americaneditor.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/lyonizing-word-secrets-of-the-ribbon/
  10. Should you take editorial tests for prospective new clients? blog.sfep.org.uk/taking-editorial-tests-for-clients/
  11. How has the Great British Bake Off changed the English language? blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/10/great-british-bake-off-language/
  12. Getting your kids on board: Strategies to get your kids to cooperate during your work hours www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2014/03/getting-kids-board-strategies-get-kids-cooperate-work-hours
  13. Want to know about Word’s lesser-known but easier-to-use search options? americaneditor.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/lyonizing-word-but-wait-theres-more/
  14. 53 wonderfully pointless facts about the English language: www.buzzfeed.com/paulanthjones/extraordinary-language-facts-you-never-knew-you-needed#.gpvnO5xw8

Posted by Margaret Hunter, SfEP marketing and PR director

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP

Social media round-up – September 2015

SfEP logoIn case you missed them, here are ten of the most popular links shared across the SfEP’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) in September.

 

  1. Seven emotions that English doesn’t have a word for: blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/09/7-emotions-that-english-doesnt-have-a-word-for/
  2. If the conference inspired you to find out about Corpus Linguistics, this free course could be for you: futurelearn.com/courses/corpus-linguistics
  3. An interesting article on the ampersand’s history: grammarist.com/usage/ampersand/
  4. A complete, illustrated guide to type terms: designschool.canva.com/blog/typography-terms/
  5. ‘Quit jargogling me, you beef-witted jollux’ [WARNING – contains cute cat pics!]: encurious.com/post/129149419878/17-obsolete-words-which-never-should-have-gone-out
  6. Some contractions to throw around, willy-nilly: blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/08/6-words-you-didnt-know-were-contractions/
  7. The Scottish have the most words for snow!: theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/23/scots-thesaurus-reveals-421-words-for-snow
  8. Never a calm subject, punctuation: theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/sep/30/punctuation-commas-apostrophes-wordsworth
  9. Excellent advice on overcoming limitations to your success as a freelancer: americaneditor.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/on-the-basics-recognizing-self-imposed-limits-to-your-editing-business/
  10. Bad news, fellow Slytherins, we’ve been pronouncing the Dark Lord’s name wrong. It’s not Vol-deh-mort, with a ‘t’ at the end. It’s Vol-deh-mor: http://ow.ly/TLyBq

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP.

Social media round-up – June 2015

SfEP logoIn case you missed them, here are ten of the most popular links shared across the SfEP’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) in June.

 

In which our heroine stops and asks herself, “Why?” (Facebook, 2 June)

Why keep freelancing? A thought-provoking post on the benefits of freelancing from Copyediting.com.

Top 10 proofreading tips (Twitter, 5 June)

Proofreading is a difficult art, especially when you’re trying to check your own writing; here, John Espirian provides 10 proofreading tips to help you correct and improve your work.

Retention (Facebook, 5 June)

An extremely popular link to one of Iva Cheung’s editorial cartoons. We’ve probably all been there!

Word tool to check document structure (Facebook, 9 June)

Focus on the overview of a document by hiding most of the content – on Copyediting.com.

Networking for introverts: how to connect with confidence (Twitter, 10 June)

A detailed post on how to approach networking to make useful connections without sapping your energy or spirit in the process.

How do I cope with the ups and downs of freelance life? – When the work goes away (Twitter, 16 June)

How do I cope with the ups and downs of freelance life? – When there’s too much work (Twitter, 16 June)

While the freelance workflow can be tricky to manage, there are positive things you can do during quiet periods, and when things are too busy – advice from LibroEditing.

Onscreen proofreading tips – Reorganizing your stamps palette in PDF-XChange (Facebook, 18 June)

Louise Harnby explains how to arrange the stamps palette to enable more efficient use of her custom proofreading stamps.

A tool to correct for your biases (Twitter, 18 June)

Thoughts on avoiding bias in writing from John E. McIntyre, with a link to an excellent handout on inclusive language from Sarah Grey.

Swear words, etymology, and the history of English (Facebook, 19 June)

English and German draw their swear words from a shared stock in a way that English and French do not. Given that nearly two thirds of the words in English come from Romance roots and only a quarter from Germanic roots, this seems odd. Oxford Dictionaries investigates …

 

Posted by Liz Jones, SfEP marketing and PR director.

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP.

 

Social media round-up – May 2015

SfEP logoIn case you missed them, here are ten of the most popular links shared across the SfEP’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) in May.

 

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts (Facebook, 8 May)

Seven maps and charts, visualised by The Washington Post, that help you understand the diversity of the world in terms of languages.

Top 10 Coolest Bookshops in Britain (Facebook, 11 May)

Great independent bookshops from around the UK … with tantalising pictures for book lovers!

How to Preserve Voice (Twitter, 12 May)

Some interesting thoughts on preserving voice when editing, on the Copyediting blog.

The greatest wisdom from Roald Dahl books … (Facebook, 13 May)

Quotes from Roald Dahl’s fiction that still resonate today – advice on topics from keeping things fun to dealing with negative people.

6 punctuation marks you might be using incorrectly (Facebook, 14 May)

The OxfordWords blog takes a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.

Make Professional Editing Work for You (Facebook, 18 May)

A post from The Writers Bloc on why you need a professional editor, why good editing costs so much, what to expect from your editor, and how to get your money’s worth.

The value of a light touch and other lessons from the Comma Queen (Facebook, 18 May)

Matthew Crowley reviews Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris on the ACES blog.

More pupils ‘reading for pleasure’ (Facebook, 21 May)

Some encouraging statistics on children’s reading habits, on the BBC website.

How I set up my Proofreading and Editing Business (Twitter, 21 May)

Editor Mary McCauley provides a checklist of the steps she took to establish her business.

12 nouns that are always plurals (Facebook, 25 May)

An OxfordWords post listing a selection of nouns that are always treated grammatically as plurals – aka pluralia tantum.

 

Posted by Liz Jones, SfEP marketing and PR director.

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the SfEP.