Editing Highlights, January and February 2015

I’ve had the opportunity to write, review, edit, copyedit, and proofread in the first few months of 2015. It’s good to keep my skills fresh by engaging in various tasks and using several stylebooks, so I have enjoyed the challenge of these wide-ranging projects. Without further ado, here’s a recap of what I’ve been working on during these frigid winter days:

  • Writing web content for a business specializing in personal fitness. I’ve had the chance to research and write about body fat percentage, methods to help you get moving on cold winter mornings, and ways to commit to fitness for life.
  • Reviewing craft and parenting articles for a large, informational website. Topics included Elizabethan costumes, making a toilet paper wedding dress, and introducing sight words to children.
  • Editing web content for a life coach. It’s been interesting to get a glimpse into why people might hire a personal coach.
  • Copyediting a music education journal. This issue shared interesting research on educators using Facebook forums, music education majors taking methods courses, and student teachers applying music education theories.
  • Proofreading an annual report. I had the chance to proofread an annual report for an osteopathic organization just last week. One aspect I love about publishing is the opportunity to learn about different industries.

In-between projects, I’ve enjoyed reading several fiction and nonfiction books for pleasure. I’m currently paging through Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. One essay caught my attention as a writer and publishing professional. The essay “The Getaway Car” (available through this link as an Amazon single) is a thought-provoking read for those who write or who dream of writing.

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