12 tips for crafting readable writing

Wouldn’t it be nice if readers dutifully read every scrap of our copy? Don’t kid yourself. They need information, and they need it fast. Your best bet? Create content that can be quickly scanned and that conveys your message unmistakably. You can download the PDF file here.     1: START WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTENT Assume your reader will …

Editor Kelly Rickard brings a world of experience to Dragonfly

Dragonfly editor Kelly Rickard has an affinity for foreign languages, whether it’s the Chinese she studied in college or the technical content she’s often asked to edit. The resident of Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, finds working with words to be a natural fit, as language has always been her thing. Kelly studied French in high school and had …

The art of client care

As an operations assistant at Dragonfly, one of my jobs is to help make sure our clients are happy with the work we’re doing and see that their needs are met. Over the past year, the Dragonfly team has been refining that process. So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for all of the writers and editors out …

It gets better: 11 tips for people who hate video conferences

Sometimes, you have to meet with someone face-to-face to be effective. For those of us who work virtually, that usually means dialing in to video conference calls. Yuck. But don’t fret. Like most things, video calls gets easier and better with practice. And it’s awesome to work with folks from all over the world—without leaving your home (or hometown coffee …

Great Scottie! Medical writer and editor finds Dragonfly is just her type

Dragonfly staff and clients know Scottie Kersta-Wilson for her talents as a medical writer and editor. But there’s a whole other side to Scottie. Actually, there are several. Make that many. Scottie grew up an Army brat. She spent most of her formative years in Houston, but she also has fond memories of the American school she attended in Germany …

Pecha Kucha: Breathing creative life into the Dayton community year after year

For years now, the city of Dayton has played host to a uniquely named and unconventionally creative event: Pecha Kucha. The event, owing its odd name to the Japanese words for “chit chat,” was founded in Tokyo in 2003, and has since spread to over 1,000 cities worldwide. Locally, it promotes creative thought and conversation within the Dayton area by …

Levels of Edit

Editing is critical to any successful publication—whether it’s a website, white paper, newsletter, or blog. An editor’s job is to craft clean, error-free copy and ensure that the author’s message is clear. Different types of editing are used throughout the publishing process. Here’s a guide to the levels of edit and what each one accomplishes. You can download the PDF file …

Embracing the flaws of PowerPoint

Graphic design can be fun. But, as with any job, there are tasks that are undoubtedly more cringe-inducing than enjoyable. For me, designing presentations in PowerPoint used to be one of them. Not anymore. Thanks to an enlightening webinar series by BrightCarbon, I’ve learned to enjoy (if not love) Microsoft’s omnipresent and much maligned presentation software. Our leader here at …

Questions for Dragonfly Owner Samantha Enslen

This post was originally published on the Copyediting blog in 2014. Samantha Enslen has been working in the publishing and editing world for nearly 20 years. She currently runs Dragonfly Editorial, an agency that provides copywriting and editing for scientific, medical, technical, and corporate materials. How did you get into editing, Sam? In the early 1990s, I was working at a coffee …

Dragonfly’s Copyediting Checklist

Copyediting can be daunting. Not only do you need to check spelling and grammar, you need to ensure consistency, fix acronyms, improve readability … even make sure that URLs work! A checklist can help. Here’s the checklist we developed at Dragonfly. It’s helped us increase the quality and consistency of our editing. We hope it helps you, as well. You can …