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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wordtrippers: Where Authors Could Easily Go Astray

Well-known nonfiction editor and author Barbara McNichol shares a wordtripper from her extensive knowledge of the little devils. Thank you, Barbara!

By Barbara McNichol

This is an important editing tip for writers who use these terms often in everything from their media releases to their blogs and Web sites.

The difference between edition and issue—These nouns both refer to printed or published materials. While they’re often used interchangeably, they are different. An “issue” is one of a series of something, such as a periodical or a particular month of a magazine. It is often used in print media. An “edition” is a series of printings of the same publication issued at a different time. It is often differentiated by alterations or additions not found in the original and may be limited in number (such as a “collector’s edition”). It can also refer to a specific format, such as electronic, or leather-bound, or illustrated. “The book’s second edition corrected the allegation that the June 1966 issue of Collier libeled the author.”


About Barbara McNichol

Barbara McNichol provides expert editing of articles, books, and book proposals for authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs. Over the past 19 years, she has placed more than 280 books on her editing “trophy shelf.” Barbara helps authors and businesspeople improve their writing through her monthly ezine Add Power to Your Pen. She has also created Word Trippers: The Ultimate Source for Choosing the Perfect Word When It Really Matters. This handy word choice guide is available at (print and Kindle). Contact Barbara directly at 520-615-7910 or Please visit or
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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 , 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 . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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