Article: “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Copyediting in Less than 300 Words”

Some gems from this article on ACESeditors include:

• All you need to know about semicolons is that Shirley Jackson liked them.

• If it starts with a capital letter, look it up.

• People don’t need to nod their heads, they can just nod. What else are you going to nod, your elbow?

Quick Tips for Authors: A lot vs. Allot vs. Alot.

Today’s quick tip: There is no alot.


You might, however, want a lot of ice cream when you’re feeling sad.

You also might allot several thousand dollars to a college fund.

For more help, check out Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again (Quick & Dirty Tips).

Quick Tips for Authors: How to Structure Dialogue.

Today’s quick tip: When it comes to dialogue, everything goes inside the quotation marks (including commas).


Example 1: “No, no!” she yelled. “Not the antique vase!”

Example 2: “Why is it,” she asked, hands over her eyes, “that every time I leave the room for five minutes, you decide to go crazy?”

Example 3: “Cat, I love you every day, but sometimes I’m not so sure I like you.”