I have worked at daily newspapers for more than 30 years, first as a reporter and for the last 20 years as an editor. I also am a freelance book editor, working frequently with first-time writers.
Our ability to express ourselves is one of the greatest gifts we've been given as humans -- helping people express themselves to their fullest is a lot of fun and brings a lot of satisfaction.
Tips on punctuation, word and usage errors, and other writing wisdom from a veteran editor in easy-to-understand language. This writing guide not only covers common mistakes and rules, but also has a liberal dose of cranky peeves from someone who's spent 30 years in a newsroom (and is also a freelance book editor). Want a hug? Wrong book. Want to get it right? Let's talk.