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Looking for best practices for creating a "living" manual

My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Corporate copy editors of Metafilter, untie!

Is there anyone else like us out there? Help me find other copy editors in the business world for networking and discussion of best practices. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Should I just google this?

What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 26, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I not get screwed on freelance editing work?

My question is in regards to making sure I get paid for my work. I'll be billing private individuals as opposed to companies and thus am concerned there will be less incentive for them to pay for services rendered. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker on May 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Will Write for Food (and Rent, and Utilities).

I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How to get the right copy editor

I need a copy editor. What questions should I ask, how much should I expect to pay, and how can I make certain to prepare the ms so that I get the most from the copy editor? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Jul 5, 2012 - 11 answers

help me become a better potential employee.

How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria on May 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Tips on advertising copyediting to students

Have you advertised copyediting services at colleges or universities? How did you do it? Do you have any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 2 answers

To be, or not to be: this is (part of) the question . . .

TL;DR in advance: English MA grad, wondering what to do with his life. A lot [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Ad Flack Woes

How do a build a copywriting portfolio? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

editing from home online

Can you make money online doing copy editing? If so, how? What is the best website for it, how much money do you make, and is it enough to count as a full time job?
posted by rebent on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Who proofs the proofreaders?

I'm a professional copy editor who has been blessed with an intern with good instincts and grammatical understanding, but needs to learn the techniques of the craft. Right now I'm just reviewing her work and discussing her mistakes/omissions as they arise, but I'd like to do more formalized instruction. Can anyone recommend a lesson plan? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Oct 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How do I become a better writing tutor/coach for my coworkers?

How do I become a better writing tutor/coach for my coworkers? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Need copyediting work!

How do I find freelance copyediting work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents?

Scientists and other academics: Please advise on strategies for successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Words into Type? Anyone?

Does anyone still use Words into Type? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Mold me into a copy editor!

What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Sep 29, 2008 - 8 answers

copyeditors: how many hours?

hey copywriters/editors: about how long might it take you to edit a 20-page product brochure averaging 10 items/page? thanks!
posted by oigocosas on Feb 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Searching for the copy editing bible

What are the best books I can buy to learn how to become a proficient newspaper copy editor?
posted by dead_ on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

When to submit a style sheet?

Question about style sheets for editors, copy editors, tech editors, proofreaders, and factcheckers... [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 10, 2007 - 8 answers

How much is my Master's worth?

WannabeEditorFilter: I hated my first year of grad school, with its accompanying anxiety attacks, no free time, surly students, and pages of really boring reading. I'm halfway through my Master's and I am dreading going back. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Feb 12, 2007 - 12 answers

Testy Copyeditors (yes, one word)

Very straightforward: would a testy copyeditor say "take out our grammar frustrations" or "take out our grammatical frustrations" and why?
posted by vers on Oct 21, 2006 - 17 answers

I want to be a temp slave.

JobFilter: What temp agencies are best for copy editing work in New York? [more inside]
posted by brina on Oct 21, 2006 - 4 answers

How much do I charge for copy editing?

Freelance copy editing: what's the going rate, and how much should I charge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Editing tests!

My girlfriend's applied to editorial positions, and is uncertain what to expect on editing tests. She's taken some professional editing classes (using the CMS, which the positions will also use), so the concern isn't at the level of how to edit. Any tips or insight into what such tests generally consist of would be appreciated.
posted by kenko on May 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Friends with Typos

Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
posted by different on Dec 10, 2004 - 16 answers

Bad links on major news sites

Why do the most professional news web sites so often - and increasingly often - include bad or wrong links? I'm talking NYT, WP, Daily Telegraph and Google News et al. (For a recent example, click on the Researching the New Joy of Sex highlight in today's Observer and you get this.)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 10, 2004 - 7 answers

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