Coffee or tea: What makes Dragonfly buzz?

How do Dragonfly staffers greet the day? With caffeine, of course. I polled our writers and editors to find out everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up. Here’s what I learned: Jennifer Lorenzetti combines coffee with her favorite music: I drink dark roast made in a traditional stove-top percolator mixed with local, raw honey. Usually two cups. The rest of the morning ritual? …

Garner’s gone digital: Our favorite editing resource is now online

I consider Garner’s Modern American Usage one of the most important (and probably most underused) resources available to copyeditors. There’s no easier place to sort out distinctions between easily confusable terms such as far-flung and far-fetched; percent and percentage; or turbid, turgid, turpid, and torpid. It contains highly useful “mini-essays” providing guidance on handling other language-y things like appositives, back-formations, …

Women In STEM: A Cause Worth Fighting For

Did you know that men make up more than 75 percent of workers in the science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions? Women continue to be poorly represented in STEM fields of study and STEM careers—even though they fill close to half of all the jobs in the United States. Recently, our client Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) partnered with an …

A sharp focus: Dragonfly’s Dee Powell

When I ask Dragonfly’s Delilah Powell the biggest change she’s seen in her 20-plus years as a desktop publisher, I’m expecting something totally broad, like “the digital revolution” or “the Internet.” She stuns me with her reply: “the release of Microsoft Word 2007.” “They changed the way you create custom toolbars. It made things easier for people who didn’t know …

How long does editing take?

I’m on the board of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Besides recognizing outstanding editorial work, offering professional training, and putting on (shameless plug) this month’s national conference in Las Vegas, we also regularly answer questions from working editors like you. We recently heard from an editorial manager with a problem. “We are constantly criticized for taking too long on …

Dragonfly client sponsors the world’s biggest marathon

This fall, more than 50,000 people will gather in the Big Apple for the largest and most celebrated display of collective insanity marathon in the world. The New York City Marathon is scheduled for November 2, 2014. Its title sponsor: Dragonfly client Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The sponsorship is a great fit. Although TCS’ business is IT and consulting services, …

A campaign to end teen sex trafficking

Sex trafficking. Coercion. Blackmail. Abuse. These things happen to other people, in other places. Not here. Not to people we know and love. Right? Sadly, this is far from the truth. Sex trafficking happens throughout the country, and affects teens (and adults) of all races, classes, genders, and ethnicities. An estimated 100,000 children are part of the U.S. sex trade …

Warm and fuzzy copyediting tips for a snowed-in city

Winter Storm Pax. Snowchi. Federal Government closure. None of these obstacles stopped the ACES board this week in their mission to spread the gospel of good copyediting far and wide. Regina McDowell, John Braun, and I spoke to the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week in Washington, D.C. We spoke to their marketing managers, who are responsible for promoting ACS’s …

In 2014, say goodbye to jargon

For me, it’s “leverage.” For others, “synergy.” “Value-add.” “Paradigm shift.” “Our team will leverage core competencies coupled with best-in-breed solutions to deliver world-class learnings aligned to key performance metrics.” When I read a sentence like this, it’s all I can do not to scream. Or throw something. Or find the person who wrote it and shake them. Hard. I know …

Copyeditors: 5 new books you’ll love

Still looking for a gift for the word nerd on your holiday shopping list (even if said word nerd is you)? Copyediting.com may have just the solution. These new titles are great references for editors, whether you’re just launching your freelance business or need a no-nonsense guide to English usage (don’t we all?). Check out the list here. Know any …