July 9, 2015

This week we've had a range of questions thrown our way. Hopefully some of our editors' responses will help to clear things up a little for you. Thanks to HTE's editors and betas for their input.


Q. Is worst case scenario hyphenated?


A. Per M-W, yes. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worst-case We LOVE M-W and always have it handy to triple check such instances. if in doubt, double check. 


Q. Blonde vs blond,...

July 8, 2015

Prepare yourselves and please stop shaking in fear. The misunderstood semicolon is something to embrace and love, and it certainly isn’t anything to get yourselves worked up over.


No doubt many of you want to see the proof. This we can do.


Semicolons must be used when a sentence contains at least two independent clauses. This is so we avoid the dreaded comma splice (the focus of today’s quick and easy post).



June 30, 2015

As editors and beta readers, we see a lot of words and phrases that probably shouldn’t be allowed in any manuscript. In saying that, here are just a few of the best (or is that the worst?) that make their way around books, and often make editors and readers cringe. We even carried out an in-house poll on this one for you. Plus, there are a few FYI points.


Moist – this has been commented on by many people in different groups on...

June 25, 2015

We're regularly asked to double check phrases, spellings, and grammar rules. Here are a couple of the questions we’ve received recently.

Q. When writing a percent, do we use numerals instead of spelling out the number and use the word "percent" instead of the symbol %. Is that the format we're supposed to use?

A. If following CMoS, you need to use the numeral and not the word. However, if the number is the first word i...

June 23, 2015

Writing is an art form. Truly. We may not all follow the same patterns or conventions, but writing well takes crafting, determination and skill. Combine all of these amazing attributes and you have the ability to create something spectacular. 

As editors, we guide, polish and try our hardest to support authors in their craft and their creations. It's a job we love and one we find rewarding. Every manuscript poses new c...

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