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We Shalt Not Plagiarize

When I began editing, the last thing in the world I expected to encounter was plagiarism. I prefer to think the best of people until they give me reason not to, and maybe I’m stupid for holding on to my naïveté, but never mind that. I still believe it’s a...

To Hell With the Semicolon

As an editor, I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to avoid using semicolons and colons when I’m editing fiction. Although I’d never given much thought to the reasons why, thanks to a recent tweet by Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly), I’ve...

The Oxford Comma

Sometimes I manage to miss things, we all do. For that reason, I think there’s no harm in cheating for this post and rehashing old news, by which I mean giving a few words to the serial, or Oxford, comma. I always try to avoid reinventing the wheel, so...

OCD Editing

It seems fitting to outline my editing style for this first post. There’s also the pesky little matter of addressing the quote on this site’s home page, seeing as the page is littered with what could arguably be called “needless words.” If I...