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Editing, Writing

A Brief Look at Reedsy

A couple weeks ago, I received an invitation to join a new venture called Reedsy. Reedsy is an organization that allows writers and authors to browse a curated marketplace of editors, designers, proofreaders…anyone they may need in order to get their manuscript ready for submission or publication. There are some interesting things happening and planned for Reedsy, and they’ve interviewed some great folks on their blog thus far (such as Nick Stephenson and Seth Godin). Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it in their writeup:

Reedsy is a self-publishing startup that currently offers its users access to a marketplace of skilled freelance book-production professionals. Beginning in spring 2015, however, the site will debut an online collaborative-editing tool on the platform, and there are also plans for a curated Reedsy book imprint.

I’ve played with Novlr‘s online writing tool and found it interesting, but I’m a creature of habit and I like my Word. (Admittedly I also had a hard time trusting my words to the almighty Cloud. Not that my USB drive backup is any better…) I’m not saying I wouldn’t use it in the future (cloud-based writing can be handy; ideas come from everywhere and I’m not often at my desk to write a phrase down), but right now I’m keeping my writing based in Word. Reedsy is planning to offer an online writing platform, too, except this one would link up to their publishing marketplace, allowing writers a one-stop shop of sorts to write and publish their works, all through the Reedsy interface.

So if you’re a writer or editor, I encourage you to click over and give Reedsy a look. You can click here for the Publishers Weekly article.


The Great Oxford Comma Debate

I once had someone ask me to please explain to him, for once and for all, what in the blazes this thing called an Oxford comma was. So, I did. But then I stumbled upon this nicely done video by Ted-Ed, and thought this was a much more thorough explanation.

As for me, I was taught to use a serial comma in college, and it’s become so natural that it gives me pause when I’m editing a project that doesn’t use it. (I do or don’t based on what an editing client desires.) How about you? Are you an Oxford comma subscriber?