Do editors fact-check writing? Fact-checking, accuracy, agreements, standards, and artificial intelligence (AI) including ChatGPT

May 9, 2023

Recently, a colleague on a committee asked me about fact-checking. Do editors actually fact-check the work of writers and subject experts? Shouldn’t the writer or subject editor do this instead of the editor? Accurate? Fact-checked? Always important but even more so with AI Is it accurate? Was it fact-checked? These have always been key questions […]

Read More

Canadian Spelling: It’s Complicated!

May 1, 2023

May 2023 An editor colleague recently asked in an online editors’ group about how to direct a client to information about Canadian spelling. Like a good number of Canadian editors, I shake my head with frustration: It’s complicated. Canadian English is sometimes presented as half British, half American, but inconveniently neither. However, the real issue […]

Read More

On Canadian English and Dictionaries: Q&A

October 12, 2021

Here’s a list of Canadian dictionaries I have on my bookshelf. Question: What stands out?  Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 1st edition © 1998; 2nd edition © 2004—edited by Katherine Barber Gage Canadian Dictionary © 1997, “a major revision of Gage Canadian Dictionary © 1983; Canadian Senior Dictionary © 1979; The Senior Dictionary © 1973, 1967” Gage […]

Read More

Advice for Editors: Starting Out or Upping Your Game

August 20, 2021

Editors have a long tradition of mentoring and sharing advice among colleagues, including those starting out (a.k.a. “newbies”). I suggest the following for editors who are starting out or those wanting to improve their skills or business. (For other advice by subject, such as for editing visuals, please see my other blogs.) Join a professional […]

Read More

Plain Language & Clear Communications Resources—Updated 2021

August 12, 2021

In 2015, I wrote about re-energizing my interest in and focus on plain language & clear communications. This is still true: I love this work. For fellow writers and editors, here are some of the resources I find useful. I will add to this list and tweak it regularly. And if you have any suggestions, please contact me with them. […]

Read More
© Laura Edlund 2010