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Teed off

If you don’t know what’s wrong with this picture (or rather, T-shirt) and you intend to write

—a literary masterpiece or a letter to Grandma—you need an editor.

Call me.dumb

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Fool-proofreader

Maybe tattoo artists should consider investing in a spellcheck program before inking!bad-tattoo.png_full

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Son of Brain Scramble

According to research, as long as the first and last letters of a word are correct, the “hmuan mnid” can still read the word. But what if the words have numbers instead of some of the letters?

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Warning! Road Closure Ahead

Bend, Oregon, is known to be a mecca for outdoor activities, funky music venues, arts and craft fairs, and brewfests. Perhaps signage should be made before the beer is poured:

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Public Affairs

It’s not brain surgery. It’s not rocket science. But the results of not proofreading – or even “spell-checking” can be just as devastating. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of … at the University of Texas learned the hard way. Read the sordid details.

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I’m a COWGirl…

If you’ll be in the Bend/Redmond, Oregon neighborhood next month,  I’m giving a workshop on writing for the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild and invite you to attend! To learn more about the workshop or COWG, click here:

Avoiding the Slush Pile: Editing Tips to Make Your Manuscript More Marketable

Central Oregon Writers Guild
Saturday Workshop
Avoiding the Slush Pile: Editing Tips to
Make Your Manuscript More Marketable.
A Hand-on Techniques workshop
With Red Pen Girl Editor, Jami Carpenter
When: Saturday, April 21, 9:30-12:30
Location: COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop,
                 Building 3, Room 306
Cost: $10 for Guild members, $15 for nonmembers.
          Tickets at the door.
Even the most accomplished authors struggle with some aspect of their writing, whether it’s following the rules of grammar, punctuation, and formatting or creating the most captivating opening to catch the attention of publishers. “Redpengirl” Jami Carpenter will reveal the most common, ghastly, and humorous errors she’s encountered as a professional editor and ghostwriter, as well as provide suggestions and solutions to help writers keep their manuscripts from ending up in the “round file.”

The three-hour workshop will include hands-on activities designed to incorporate the tips and techniques introduced. Participants are encouraged to bring five copies of their own “first two pages” for review and recommendations, and of course, their own red pens!

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Redpengirl reprieve

Clients are often concerned that editors will change their voice, alter their writing style, or otherwise change their story so much that the original “flavor” of their manuscript is lost.

Grammar, punctuation, and spelling aside, I wouldn’t dare use a red pen here! (Thanks to my literary lady friends who passed this along…)

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