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Sunday, October 30th, 2011
10:36 am
Setting Character Formatting in Framemaker 10
Really hoping this comm still has watchers...

I'm a technical communications student currently struggling with an editing assignment. The instructor has given me a text, which I need to edit--while tracking changes--in Word, FrameMaker and pdf. The problem is, in FrameMaker, my instructor doesn't want me to use the built-in track changes mode (Special>Track Text Edits>Enable); he wants me to set up my insertions and deletions as character styles, and I can't figure out how to do that from the handbook.

(I'm emailing my teacher, too but the assignment is due Tuesday at 8 am, and I'm worried that he may not respond in time. Thankfully, I can have the edited Word document up and just make the same changes, once I figure out how to get started.)

Any advice?

Thanks so much!
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
3:54 pm
Chicago Manual of Style Upgrade
I recently started thinking about buying myself an online subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style for the sake of convenience and discovered that a new edition is out. I own the previous 15th Edition. Does anyone know if the difference between the 15th and 16th Editions is worth the update, or is staying upgraded a no-brainer?

Thank you in advance.
Monday, June 28th, 2010
12:24 pm
Radio & Print
Have you attempted to get media exposure for your projects? How do you go about it?
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
11:06 am
Awards Database
I am searching for a genre/literary fiction awards database. The idea is that I will find a location send novels/anthologies off to for consideration. Do you have a direction to point me in?

MG Ellington
Marketing Director
Apex Book Company
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
5:31 pm
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
10:36 am
Anybody in the NY/NJ area need a kickass art director? Ours just got let go, and he's made of solid awesome. He's got a veritable forest of awards atop his cube, but better than that, he's got a calm, funny, can-do attitude that always approaches challenges with "don't worry, we'll make it work." Our loss can be your gain.

Current Mood: depressed
Friday, July 24th, 2009
2:32 pm
Name and Birth/Death Dates Question - CMS
I am writing an essay where I give the name of someone and have their birth and death dates in parentheses: Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

But I was under the impression if you only had the birth year or death year you do it as follows:
Abraham Lincoln (b. 1809)
Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865)

A professor of mine stated that you use a question mark: Abraham Lincoln (1809–?)

I have never seen this before, and frankly it looks awful.

I cannot find where this is discussed in the CMS, although I have seen them use both dates in examples. Does anyone know how the CMS recommends handling this situation? I am using the 15th ed.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
5:00 pm
Another reference list question!
—this being the subject that drives us all crazy.

Let's say I've got a reference to something in the front matter of a scientific journal. Specifically, it's the "Guide for Authors" that appears in Biological Psychiatry, volume 66, number 1, pp. A5–A6.

Who the blazes do I attribute that to? "Biological Psychiatry Editorial Board"? This document's using author/date citations, so I kind of need an author; "anonymous" seems inappropriate. I'm currently thinking (after checking a couple of style manuals) that I don't do that—that I leave the author's spot blank and do . . . well, heaven knows what with the citation. "Biological Psychiatry guide for authors, 2009," perhaps. Blech.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:04 pm
CMS Assistance with Serialized Essays
I need to cite in a bibliography, using CMS 15th ed, two articles that have been serialized. The first was published in one journal/newsletter over three issues and another in a journal in two parts. Can someone please point me to an example in the CMS on how to cite this because I have been unable to find this case in the CMS? Is it three entries and two, or one for each but listing the multiple numbers of the journals? I would be most grateful for any help here.
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
11:06 am
Grammar help
Can anyone here name the rule which governs why the bolded word in these sentences should be singular?

Species of bird.

Types of house.

Breeds of dog.

I can explain why this is the case, but I can't pin down the right language to look this up in a style manual (specifically CMS). Can anyone help?

[Edit] According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, this is a partitive, however CMS doesn't use this term.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
2:42 pm
Questions within a sentence
I am doing the final proofreading of a temporary museum exhibit. Except for the fact that the typesetter doesn't seem to understand the difference between an en-dash and an em-dash, everything is looking good. I mean, everything but this sentence.

Even after fingerprints and facial features are gone or unrecognizable, skeletal evidence can tell us, Who was this? What did she look like? What did he do? and maybe, How did she die?

This just looks weird to me. In the Chicago Manual of Style, I found the following:

6.71: A question mark is used within a sentence at the end of a direct question (see also 6.55). If the question does not begin the sentence, it need not start with a capital letter (but see 6.55).

6.55: A direct question included within another sentence is usually preceded by a comma; it need not begin with a capital letter (see first two examples), but if the question is relatively long or has internal punctuation, an initial capital helps (see third example).

6.123: Neither a period (aside from an abbreviating period) nor a comma ever accompanies a question mark or an exclamation point.

Now all the example in CMS only have one question within the sentence. The sentence I face has four questions internally.

Should I just make the who/what/how lowercase and call it a day? Is there a rule I don't know?

How could rework this sentence as little as possible and make it less weird? I am not to do any "major" rewriting -- just find typos.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:03 am
Commas and Quotation Marks
Hi all,

My current problem has to do with the rule for placing punctuation inside of or outside of quotation marks. My coworkers and I can agree that when ending a sentence with a direct quotation, or if a direct quotation contains certain punctuation, then the punctuation should be inside of the quotation marks. However, we can't get a grip on the rule for commas and non-direct-quote quotations. We are trying to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, but Section 6.8, where the index says the rule about quotation marks and commas is supposed to be, is instead about em and en dashes. Google searches are not being helpful either. The general consensus is that the answer is not an easy one, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Thank you in advance.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
10:41 am
New online magazine now accepting writing/art submissions!
(Posted with permission)


an online magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a twist

Crossed Genres (crossedgenres) is a new online magazine inspired by an altered version of the Genre Challenge (genrechallenge).

Every month, Crossed Genres posts a new genre. Writers and artists have one month to submit stories and art that combine the chosen genre with some aspect of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. All submissions are considered for publication (read the submission guidelines.) Crossed Genres will also contain interviews, and articles about the current genre, SF/F in general and the craft and business of writing. The Magazine is free! Please sign up to get the mailing list!

We also have a growing list of writer-related links (suggest a new one!), forums discussing all aspects of writing, and more!

So please visit the website, and sign up for the mailing list! The first genre has been posted and is accepting submissions for Issue #1, to be released December 1. Please consider making a submission!
Friday, September 26th, 2008
7:25 pm
Quick Invoice-related question
Thank you again to everyone who responded to my previous question - it helped me get through what was easily the most difficult part of my project.

Now I just have a quick question about invoicing. My project contact has asked me to include my Social Security Number in my invoice for tax purposes, but as this is sensitive and confidential information, I am (I think) understandably skittish about including it in a document that could be seen by many others. Is there a different or a better way of going about this? Should I inquire about the tax form (most likely a W-9) that he needs my Social Security Number for and fill it out myself? Is this standard practice and nothing to worry about? Should I include it with strict instructions in my invoice to protect my privacy?

Thank you in advance.
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
8:42 pm
Newbie here...
Hi all; I just found this community and I wondered if I could get some input.

Long story here.Collapse )

Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
8:59 am
Good Morning
I have just accepted the task of creating a literay ezine as an offshoot of an indie press. I was wondering if any of you are the editors of something similar. I am trying to make this very special and putting quite a bit of thought and research into it. If you are involved with something like this, would you consider answering a few questions or being a mentor for me through this process?
Monday, July 7th, 2008
5:03 pm
Hi  to all! I have fimished writing my M.A. thesis and my prof wants me to do one last proofreading before I submit it.
Can anyone here do this job? The thesis is on American literature and it is about 115 pages long.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
2:19 pm
Technical editors
I copy edit technical manuals (among other things) for a software company, and I've taken up the task of updating the style guide. I've been using Microsoft's Manual of Style for Technical Publishing as my guide for this. Is this a manual that technical editors typically use?
Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
1:02 pm
Hi all! I'm writing a paper discussing how one would collect, transcribe, and annotate some handwritten journal entries. Problem is, there's a lot of laziness and slang. So, two questions:

1. The book is being broken up into sections of one writer, another writer, and then unsourced entries and other things (there are some drawings, so it's hard sometimes to figure out whose page it was, but never mind that). Because of the way this is broken up, would a legend at the beginning (or end) for things like "BTW" be the best way to go? It's also possible I'll decide this should be a 2-volume edition.

2. The writers have a consistent habit of not putting apostrophes in their contractions. Would it be necessary to place an [sic] here every time? Is there a better way to handle this?

Thanks for any help!
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
9:37 pm
Very new member.
Hi all!

My name is Lani and I am just now strongly considering a career in copy editing. I have always been quite adept at reading my friends' papers and editing them for content. My grammar skills are a little shaky, but I'm taking vast steps to refresh myself and relearn the nagging details. My current majors are French and Russian, with an intended career in translation. However, an advisor mentioned to me that I may want to look into the editing world as a second career option, and after doing a bit of research and talking with a friend who graduated from my school with a degree in publishing, I think we may be on to something here.

My questions for you are as thus:

1) I'd really like to keep on one of my languages and pick up the English major in the other's place. Would having this sort of language experience help me out in any way, and if so could you recommend one over the other?

2) I am very, very new to this whole field of work, but am confident that I'd be good at it from what research I have done and from just knowing my own skillset. Is there any advice you could give me now that you think would help me make my decision about whether or not I want to devote the rest of my college experience towards this career? For example: I've noticed quite a few of you who have posted recently have MAs. Is that industry standard? Did you find the field to be extremely hard to enter? I'm prepared to work entry-level, but I'm curious as to whether or not I'll have to fight tooth and nail to get there.

I apologize if I'm asking a lot of questions (especially if they aren't making sense. I've been working on an English paper near nonstop since Friday evening, so I am a bit computer drained at the moment). I'm just very new to this whole field and would really appreciate any scraps of help that could be thrown my way.

Thank you. :)
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