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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Old Navy, USC and Your Editing

 I nearly always include at least one editing tip in my Sharing with Writers newsletter. And sometimes a tip on the craft of writing, too. This is an example of one I came up with after reading a fun article in the LA Times. It was amply illustrated with a picture of the shirt--complete with booboo--in color! (-:

The LA Times business section reported on an editing booboo made by Old Navy. They printed up T-shirts for USC and at the top of the design it said “Lets Go.” They felt it necessary to explain to readers that “...’lets’ is missing its apostrophe, which is necessary to create the intended contraction of ‘let us go.’ Without the apostrophe, ‘lets go’ means to release something.”
I had to laugh. They must have been in a hurry to get the news out (sort of like Mindy and me when we publish this newsletter!) because it would have read better if they’d said “Without the apostrophe ‘lets’ is a verb that means ‘to release something.” The lesson here is that editing isn’t only about catching typos. Sometimes it’s also about clarifying. Maybe I should send them a copy of my The Frugal Editor, www.budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor.
The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writer)
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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 (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at www.howtodoitfrugally.com/writers_books.htm , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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