PEN Tips

Editors Should Consider Health Sharing Plan

by Ken Walker   When I saw the flurry of news stories in late 2017 about healthcare insurance choices, I thought maybe I would be a bit late in blogging now about the wise alternative: Christian health cost sharing plans. However, knowing that such decisions...

Think Before You Link

by Kathy Ide Originally posted December 25, 2017 on kathyide.com. When I set up the Store page of my website, I considered whether I wanted to include links to Amazon. Of course, everyone links to Amazon, right? But I’m a big fan of using alternatives to Amazon...

NEW IN CMOS-17 “Punctuation Additions”

by Kathy Ide Originally published September 18, 2017 on kathyide.com. I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the new 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style … and anxious to find out if any changes were made that affect the viability of my Proofreading...

It’s Time To Engage

by Sue A. Fairchild As a relatively “green” editor, with only four years under my belt as a freelancer, I often worry about how best to market my business. As freelancers, we’re frequently told to employ a plethora of social media platforms as ways to advertise and...

Register Early for PENCON 2018

By Tisha Martin The best investment is a good investment, but what is a good investment? One that has lasting personal and professional value. As editors, we value the authors and publishers and clients we work with—and we value our editing skills. At PENCON 2018, we...

5 Simple Goals for 2018

by Karin Beery I love the start of a new year because of all the possibilities that lie ahead! If you’re anything like me, making the most of those possibilities often requires planning (otherwise I’m likely to daydream about what could happen instead of making it...

Weigh Extended Warranty Decisions Carefully

by Ken Walker A recent column by money-saving blogger Jill Cataldo examined the question of whether it’s worth buying an extended warranty. While most of her discussion concerned coverage for a dryer, toward the end Cataldo mentioned an unforgettable experience at a...

Striving for Excellence (and Failing)

by Karin Beery Very few people hope to fail at their jobs. Most people want to succeed, and many of us want to excel at what we do. I, for one, don’t just want to be a substantive fiction editor. I want to be the substantive fiction editor that writers turn to when...