John McIntyre, whom James Wolcott calls "the Dave Brubeck of the art and craft of copy editing," writes on language, editing, journalism, and other manifestations of human frailty. Comments welcome. Identifying his errors relieves him of the burden of omniscience. Write to jemcintyre@gmail.com, befriend at Facebook, or follow at Twitter: @johnemcintyre. Back 2009-2012 at the original site, http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/mcintyre/blog/ and now at www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/.

Monday, August 24, 2009

How it works

Here’s the deal:

Step 1: You (corporation, private firm, educational institution, nonprofit organization) invite me in for a little chat about the ways that your operation would benefit from the presence of an able and experienced editor/writer/teacher/trainer (me).

Step 2: Persuaded, you engage my services.

Step 3: In return, you pay me wages.

Really, nothing could be simpler.

3 comments:

  1. Seriously, good luck. But if Item #3 in your previous post chills your blood, you probably won't be able to stomach working for very many corporations, private firms, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations because they will ask you to violate every standard you hold dear. If you're thinking it will be you reforming and educating them, you, as they say "have another think coming." Interns shilling for clients on the Internet? You ain't seen nothing yet!

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  2. I'd hire you, but I don't have a job.

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  3. Not related, but you might be interested in reading this. It's about Wikipedia adding a layer of editing to some articles: www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/technology/internet/25wikipedia.html?_r=1&hp

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