Content Editors and Workshopping Technical Writing
by Cecilia Oaks
Content edits aren’t meant to just cover the basics. When people think of content editors in technical writing, they might assume that editors will go...
Politeness as Motivation: How to Edit on Social Media
by Alohilani Jacob
By using the right politeness strategy, social media editors can successfully motivate writers to accept changes to their content. Social media is a large, new,...
How We Give Feedback Matters
by Xochitl Bott
There are four stances to take when giving feedback to an author. Are editors choosing the right one? Have you ever received harsh feedback on...
Why Adults Are Reading YA
by Dylan Parker
Why are adults still reading YA books? Despite the fact that YA books are nominally targeted at kids ages 12–18, industry data suggests that the...
One Way to Write High-Quality Comments on Technical Documents
The best ways to provide a comprehensive edit for technical documents can feel elusive. Where should editors focus their work? Technical editing can present unique...
Are You Giving Scientific Articles the Wrong Kind of Title?
The title is arguably one of the most important elements of a manuscript. However, is short and sweet always best? Data is not gathered just...
Love at First Type: It’s Not Always about the First Typeface You See
Choosing a font can be a daunting task. But with the proper instruction, it doesn’t have to be. Selecting the best typeface for your document...
“Repair Processes Initiated”: Why Editors Should Choose Gender-Neutral Job Titles
The brain interprets gendered job titles paired with the wrong gender as a discrepancy, making the reader fumble, fixate, and reread. You are an editor....
Collaborating with Authors as Technical Editors
“The more collaborative and complex the project (such as a proposal, a brochure, or an annual report), the earlier the editor should participate.” —Carol Gerich...
How to Use Corpora to Edit Technical Articles Effectively and Accurately
Corpora are quickly becoming mainstream in the field of linguistics. But can they help us become better technical editors as well? A corpus is a...