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The Particular: Editing Weblog

Comma Before a Noun?: Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Appositives

When I was in elementary school, I learned that we use a comma before a noun, as a method of introduction:

This is my mother, Maud.

But I began to notice this rule did not always apply. Some phrases introducing a noun are not followed by a comma. For example:

Renowned basketball player Magic Johnson retired in 1996. »

Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska

Extra! Extra! Read all about the Great Land in the new anthology from University of Alaska Press, Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska.

This collection of short shorts and black-and-white-photos will leave you haunted and inspired. The book includes work by both me and my client Sandra Kleven. For the full text of my piece, “Turnagain,” please visit my creative writing blog: http://southwestauthorsguild.com/blogs/turnagain-appears-in-newly-releas… »

Author and Illustrator of Raggedy Chan Develop Book for iPhone

More exciting news from my client Camille Picott!:

Author Camille Picott and illustrator Joey Manfre have turned their children’s book, Raggedy Chan, into an app for the iPhone.

Of their new app, Picott says, “172 million smartphones were sold in 2009. Now Raggedy Chan is available to those 172 million people, plus everyone else who owns a smartphone.” The app, which can be purchased from iTunes, is also available to the growing number of people who own an iPad. »

Beyond Sitcom by Antonio Savorelli

Congratulations to my friend, client, and Web designer Antonio Savorelli, whose book Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy has just come out from McFarland! This comparative semiotic analysis of four American TV shows is a translation and new edition of a book Antonio published in Italian several years ago. I copyedited the translation before it went to production. You can read more about the work through this main site, which will direct you to related sites where you can buy it:

http://beyondsitcom.com/

Raggedy Chan Named Best Juvenile Fantasy

Congratulations to my client Camille Picott, author of Raggedy Chan, a beautifully written and illustrated children’s novel that was just named Best Juvenile Fantasy by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association! Raggedy Chan is the story of a Chinese princess who travels to America to rescue her dragon and meets many interesting friends along the way. The novel is a frame tale, structured a la 1001 Nights or The Canterbury Tales. It was my honor to copyedit Camille’s book in 2008. »

Kudos

What Erin returned to me was not only better from a copyediting perspective, but a true enhancement of the manuscript. She preserved my style and ensured intentional stylistic quirks remained consistent. Her insight and editorial judgment were remarkable.”

Anita Felicelli,
Author,
Sparks Off You (Hen Flower Press, 2012)

The Particular: Editing Weblog