October 23 2014

Retail websites: Editors needed

Much of Carpenter Doc’s writing workload is for retail websites, writing product descriptions and informational/advertorial blog posts. Our product descriptions are reviewed by in-house editors before they go live on the site.

Unfortunately, not all retailers are as detail focused and, instead, post product descriptions and ads chock full of errors. Here are a few we have spotted recently.

October 2 2014

Lesson in Latin

by Barbie in Grammar

Our this or that blog posts are some of our most popular, garnering web hits from across the world. Previously, we’ve answered boarder or border and elicit or illicit. Today, we’re tackling Latin.

E.g. and i.e. are commonly used but often confused abbreviations. Let’s break down what each one means and when to use them.

  • e.g. is an abbreviation meaning for example. As a result, this abbreviation should be used when presenting an example but not necessarily an inclusive list.
    During autumn, leaves begin to transition into rich colors (e.g., red and yellow).
    Here, red and yellow are just examples since leaves change other colors as well.
  • i.e. is an abbreviation meaning in other words. It is used for clarification and provides an inclusive list.
    The American flag features three colors (i.e., red, white, and blue).
    Here, i.e. is appropriate because it clarifies the colors and provides an inclusive list. 

 

September 30 2014

Breaking news error

by Barbie in In the News

This post isn’t the first one that has discussed the trouble with breaking news. In a rush to get breaking news posted on the web, news organizations might shorten — or even skip — the copy editing process, thereby increasing the risk of errors.

Here’s an example we came across last week:

September 24 2014

Happy National Punctuation Day!

by Barbie in Punctuation

It’s National Punctuation Day, the annual celebration of punctuation for grammar sticklers across the country. There’s no punctuation mark misused quite like the apostrophe, so here is a collection of our favorite — make that, least favorite — apostrophe errors.

September 2 2014

August recap

by Barbie in Company News

August marks the transition between summer school and fall semester, but our clients certainly kept us busy last month! We completed 16 editing projects, 9 of which were for new clients!

The last quarter of the year is typically our busiest, and we expect 2014 to be no exception. Keep those editing projects coming!

September 1 2014

A win for Twitter editors

by Barbie in In the News, Web Writing

On Saturday night, in the midst of college football kickoff weekend, ESPN posted this question on its Twitter feed:

Yikes. We quickly saved the image, knowing it wouldn’t last long. Within minutes, dozens of Twitter users noted the improper use of “it’s,” along with the unnecessary “following.”

ESPN quickly deleted the photo and added a new one:

Hopefully next week’s trivia question will go through a copy editor before being tweeted to millions of fans.

August 20 2014

The century mark

by Barbie in Company News, Editing

Last week, we completed our 100th editing project of the year! So far, we’ve completed a new editing project every 2.24 days in 2014. We’re already approaching the 110 mark now.

Will we exceed our record-setting 171 editing projects completed in 2013? We’re on a comparable pace, so it’s possible. Stay tuned — and keep those projects coming!

August 18 2014

Fall 2014 begins

by Barbie in Academia, Company News

Here in Kentucky, college students return to the classroom this week, launching the fall 2014 semester. Our summer workload was unexpectedly high, and we will continue to work with many of these clients through the fall. Last fall, we completed 54 editing projects for students at 7 schools.

Will fall 2014 exceed that number? We wouldn’t be surprised! We’re preparing for a busy fall and look forward to working with existing clients and gaining some new ones during the last quarter of 2014.

If you’re writing this semester, it’s never too early to reach out and line up your edit!

August 16 2014

Six years of editing

by Barbie in Company News

We have been so busy this month that we almost forgot that this August begins Carpenter Doc’s sixth year of editing! Over the last six years, the business has grown from editing a few theses and dissertations every semester for local graduate students to editing dozens of projects a month for clients across the U.S.

If the first month of our sixth year is any indication, Carpenter Doc will continue to grow! We have 12 projects completed or in work so far this month — with several more in our queue!

Now, back to that editing…

August 7 2014

Website updates

by Barbie in Company News

Check out our new and improved About page!

We’ll have more website updates soon. Stay tuned!