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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Job Survival" Author Shares Editing Tips

I love it when Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor subscribers share editing ideas. Here's one from author Karin Ireland. And yeah, knowing how to write and edit well can help us keep our jobs!

It’s easy to confuse e.g. and i.e., so here’s the rule: e.g. means for example. Use e.g. when you’ll list some, but not all, examples.

Example: I’m going to take my camping gear, e.g., a tent, a cook stove, and a battery-operated cappuccino maker.

Note: use commas before and after e.g.

i.e. means that is to say. Use i.e. when you’ll present an equivalent of the preceding term.

Example: I have to replace some of my camping gear, i.e., my tent and cook stove.

Note: Use commas before and after i.e.


Submitted by Karin Ireland. Visit her blog at , where she posts tips from the book she’s writing about how to make your life happier, easier, and more successful than it even is. Her latest book is The Job Survival Instruction Book: 400+ Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Stay Employed.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. Find me tweeting writers' resources at And please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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