Whether your home office is a whole room in your house or a corner of your bedroom, having the right paint color in your work space can make a difference in your productivity. White or gray might seem like the obvious choices, but blue, green, brown, and even orange can set the right mood for your writing project.
Clare is an interior paint and supplies online store that aims to make paint shopping easier and more inspiring. You might like Clare because they offer a curated palette of 55 timeless colors to eliminate browsing through 50 shades of beige. I love them because they have a quiz to help you find the right color and send you sample swatches to stick on your wall for only $2. Their ultra-premium paint is Zero VOC* and GREENGUARD Gold Certified for low chemical emissions.
Today is Arbor Day, a holiday in which we are encouraged to plant trees. I don’t know about you, but I do not have the resources or the experience necessary to plant a tree today. However, I have supported companies that plant trees for every product that you buy.
Every year, I send out Christmas cards featuring photos of my dogs, and I design and send them through a company called Paper Culture. “Instead of cutting down forests to fill your order,” says Paper Culture, “we use post-consumer waste and wood alternatives. We plant a tree with every order.”
For our wedding, my husband and I ordered wine from ONEHOPE. At ONEHOPE, every bottle of wine that you order makes some sort of social impact: helping to end childhood hunger, getting shelter animals adopted, providing clean drinking water, etc. (Ordering California Sauvignon Blanc supports the environment.)
In February, I copy edited a book intended for social entrepreneurs (i.e., people who want to start a business with the goal of solving social problems). The author poses the question, "Think of your field as a whole. Is it known for being stagnant or innovative?" I chuckled and thought about the copy editor stereotype: an elderly white woman with glasses, similar to the librarian stereotype, but instead of holding their index finger to their lips, they are holding a red pen and looking down at your work with disappointment.
Now that I’m 26, my husband keeps teasing me about being in my “late twenties.” (He’s two years younger than me.) Long ago are the days when I would hang a celebrity’s poster on my wall and think about how grown up they seemed. It's weird that I'm the same age as Cardi B...
Being born in 1993 makes me a millennial, and being a millennial has actually been a benefit to me as a copy editor. We spent our childhood years making mud pies and playing with Play-Doh, but we also grew up with the Internet and social media — allowing us to balance the old and the new. In university, I received a formal technical writing and editing education, even learning the traditional proofreading marks that our stereotypical copy editor would have used before Track Changes was invented. But I also took courses dedicated to document design, analyzing audiences, and inbound marketing.
So far this year, I have had three nonfiction authors ask me about citing sources in their eBooks. And all three of them have had to go back and hunt down sources that they found many moons ago.
You can avoid this headache by keeping track of your sources from the beginning.
As a copy editor, I see ads for Grammarly all the time. (By now you probably know that ads are customized to you.) Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform. And you can start using it for free.
I downloaded the Chrome extension to check it out.
When you are searching for a copy editor, first ask yourself whether you are looking for a beginner, an intermediate, or an advance copy editor:
Side-Hustle: work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job
It seems like everyone interested in a side hustle wants to start copy editing. And with all of these freelance copy editors out there, it may be hard to determine which ones are qualified for your particular project.
Here are 5 simple questions that will help you get to know your copy editor:
Before becoming a part-time technical writer for an IT division, technology intimidated me. When I was in college, I didn’t take courses such as “Writing on the Web” or “Writing Software Documentation” because I was sure that those topics would fly right over my head.
Who would have guessed that I would be an IT technical writer three years later.
I have a client in New York who is working toward reading 100 books this year, and I'm proofreading his book reviews. Two years ago, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to read one book each month. It was through this challenge that I discovered my appreciation for memoirs and autobiographies.
While I am not challenging myself to read a certain number of books this year, I am trying to focus on reading more memoirs and autobiographies. I just finished reading O Ye Jigs & Juleps. I picked this book up from The Book Tavern during my recent trip to Augusta, Georgia, and it's a collection of essays that Virginia Carey Hudson wrote when she was about 10 years old.
It would be a dream come true to edit a collection like this.
My husband and I went to visit his 93-year-old grandma (and some other friendly Boerners) in Augusta, Georgia. Among watching the Rose Bowl Parade, eating Klondike bars, fishing, eating Klondike bars, laminating grandma's worn-and-torn college degree, and eating Klondike bars, we went to a 2nd & Charles store where the picture above was taken.
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.