Copywriting: Fake it ’till you make it

While at the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) conference in 2012, I attended an interesting talk by Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, a world-class proposal manager and the president of OST Global Solutions, Inc. Olessia spoke on the tricky task of writing on a topic that one knows little (or nothing) about. It’s a challenge Dragonfly writers face every day. Our clients’ …

Tweet without fear

3 tips for posting on Twitter I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. It’s a great tool for connecting with other writers and editors in the field and for promoting Dragonfly’s work. On the other hand, there are so many different approaches to sharing content, that it’s hard to know where to start. What time should I post? How often …

“Work hard and be kind:” Chatting with Dragonfly’s Anna Bentley

Anna Bentley isn’t your run-of-the-mill editor. She loves tamales, pugs, and space. And, of course, editing. She currently lives in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. They’re considering a move, though, to “somewhere that doesn’t feel like living inside a radiator in the summer.” From journalism major to major editor English was always Anna’s strongest subject in school, …

The power of checklists

This is a tweet from an ACES chat on using checklists when editing.

I’ve been speaking a lot these past few years about the power of checklists. In 2015, I did a Twitter chat about checklists for ACES, the American Copy Editors Society. I and my fellow tweeters talked about how checklists help us cope with an overwhelming world by getting “all those things we’ve got to remember” out of our heads and onto paper. How …

When Editors Need Editors

It’s been 10 years since I wrote the original version of this post, and the fact that “editors need editors” is truer than ever. For example, earlier this year, I wrote this on Twitter: “Looking to add the perfect punch to your prose? Use a one-sentence paragraph … judiciously.” But instead of “prose,” I wrote “pros.” Oops. A friend quickly pointed …

Get your document edited lickety-split

3 simple steps to submit an editing request It’s a quiet morning at the office until you realize the deadline for the 50-page proposal is in 2 short days. You need your document edited quickly and precisely. There aren’t enough editors on staff to meet the deadline, but you don’t want to submit it without an edit first. Your head …

Herding dogs, cats, and editors: Dragonfly’s Magi Walker

Magi Walker’s title at Dragonfly is “Editorial Manager.” But that title only tells part of the story of who Magi is. Here’s the rest. A deeply rooted Southerner, Magi grew up traveling the world, living in Taiwan as a home base, and touching down in exotic locales every summer to visit grandparents Stateside. She discovered a love of different cultures …

What the heck is 16-point line spacing?

Recently, a client sent in an editing request for a 55-page document with 11-point Garamond font and 16-point line spacing. My first reaction: what the heck is 16-point line spacing? For this particular client, we provide an estimate for every project. It’s based on several factors: page count, font size, line spacing, etc. If I didn’t know what 16-point line spacing was, …

Myths of editing: since vs. because

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Being an editor is a satisfying job. It feels good to catch a typo, spot an inconsistency, or unpack garbled prose. But sometimes, we make certain fixes because … well, because that’s what we’ve always done. And we don’t stop to notice that language trends might have changed, Or that what we always thought was a rule was really a superstition. Here’s …

Not afraid of the dark: Dragonfly’s Jason Bovberg

Cloud storage solutions. Home entertainment gadgets. Strange, blood-thirsty, zombie-like aliens? For Dragonfly editor Jason Bovberg, these topics are all in a day’s work. Jason worked for tech magazine Windows IT Pro for 17 years, starting out as a copyeditor and moving up the ranks to become senior editor. Now, he’s a freelancer who writes e-books and blog posts on everything …