Bad writing is a deliberate choice. Scholars in the softer fields spout obscure verbiage to hide the fact that they have nothing to say. They dress up the trivial and obvious with the trappings of scientific sophistication, hoping to bamboozle their audiences with highfalutin gobbledygook. Steven Pinker: Why Academics' Writing Stinks The Chronicle Review -…

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The New Lulu & my Laura E. Richards Editions

I tried out the recent changes at Lulu by publishing a series of books by Laura E. Richards from the 1890s. The new publication process has a few changes, both good and not-so-good: Now you can choose all aspects of your book format on the first page, and easily see which formats are acceptable for…

Q&A with a Technical Editor Redditor

The New Reddit Journal of Science recently featured an AMA ("Ask Me Anything" Q&A) with a science writer and technical editor. She offers some really helpful comments and links to people who want to work in science journalism. Science AMA Series: I’m Celia Elliott, a science writer and technical editor, and today I’d like to…

Working with a Line Editor

In her blog, "Disregard the Prologue," Kate Sparkes has been writing about her experiences with independent publishing. Her post on working with an editor is excellent. She also has a publishing FAQ that deals with some of the questions she's asked about her choice to self-publish. Included in her post is a link to another site page that explains how much editors…