Issue No. 1005
October 2013
Bugle Calls!
Bob Bugle-B-1001

Welcome to the October issue of "Bugle Calls". Our topic for this issue is "Get to the Point"-Tips on Editing. Our guest columnist, Chris Gunty, is the associate publisher/editor of the Catholic Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Mr Gunty brings extensive experience to the table, and we greatly appreciate his willingness to share his thoughts with us on this very important topic.

Whether we write or edit for a publication or other media outlet for a living, or work for a business or organization in any sector, our ability to express ourselves clearly, accurately and succinctly has an enormous impact on our effectiveness and overall success.

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Get to the Point -

Tips for Editing

By Guest Author, Chris Gunty

Back in my college days, I turned in my column for the weekly campus newspaper to the copy editor for editing (often right on deadline). Once, without even looking at it, she marked it up for the typesetter and put it in the basket with other stories.


"What about editing it?" I asked. "You're

an editor; it's probably OK," she said.


"Everyone needs an editor. Please take a look at it," I nearly begged. 


I trust editors to make my copy better. Not every word I write is golden.


I'm not alone. In this day of a fast-paced, post-online-before-anyone-else news cycle, too few writers have good editors watching their backs. Bloggers especially are prone to this problem, since they often work alone. But even the big news organizations are faltering. I can't tell you the number of mistakes I find in the Washington Post, which ought to know better. But desks full of copy editors are getting dusty due to budget cuts at news outlets all over the country. Each copy editor tied to a desk is one fewer "content provider" out gathering news.


Despite our desire to tell the story quickly, quality does not have to suffer. So, as writers and editors, let's... 


As always, we welcome any feedback from you, our readers, on current or future content! If you find value in receiving "Bugle Calls", please feel free to forward a copy to a friend, acquaintance or business associate so they can benefit from the information as well.

"A High Tide Raises All Boats" as the saying goes. As each of us work together and share our knowledge and experience, we and our organizations benefit.

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Bob Bugle
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ONE key factor that separates mediocre writers from good ones:

By Ali Luke
One key factor that separates mediocre writers from good ones (and even good from great) is the quality of their editing. pensieve-work-man.jpg
If you're working for a big magazine or publishing house, you'll have an editor who goes through your work, checks for any clumsy or ambiguous phrasing, and fixes any typos - but if you're working on your first novel, or publishing posts to a blog, you're almost certainly going to be on your own.
It's hard to edit your own work. You might end up skipping editing altogether because you hate it - or you might spend hours trying to get a piece right. These eight tips will help you develop your editing skills: (Tips #1 through 8)

11 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing 

By Kenna Griffin
You thought of a great idea, gathered the information and used your keyboard to create a piece of art. Now comes the
tough part-editing.

laptop-business-woman.jpgIf editing other 
people's work is challenging, editing your own writing is downright painful.
It's difficult to edit your own work for several reasons.

First, it's your art. Your writing is a personal form of expression. No matter the subject, the piece is something you created. This makes revising, redrafting and cutting difficult....

Grammar Rules!

By Melissa Donovan
The rule is simple: singular subjects take singular verbs and plural subjects take plural verbs.

But sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a subject is singular or plural. That's why subject and verb agreement errors crop up in so many pieces of writing.

Making matters worse is the fact that most people don't know what subject and verb agreement means. In fact, too many people don't know.. .
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